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  • William P. Spence retired, Pittsburgh State University
  • Eva Kultermann College of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology
  • ISBN-10: 1305086317  |  ISBN-13: 9781305086319
  • © 2017 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $105.00
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1. The Construction Industry: An Overview.
2. Regulatory Constraints, Standards and Sustainability.
3. Properties of Materials.
4. The Building Site.
5. Soils.
6. Foundations.
7. Concrete.
8. Cast-In-Place Concrete.
9. Precast Concrete.
10. Mortars for Masonry Walls.
11. Clay Brick and Tile.
12. Concrete Masonry and Stone.
13. Masonry Construction.
14. Ferrous Metals.
15. Nonferrous Metals.
16. Steel Frame Construction.
17. Wood.
18. Products Manufactured from Wood.
19. Wood and Metal Light Frame Construction.
20. Heavy Timber Construction.
21. Finishing the Exterior and Interior of Light Wood Frame Buildings.
22. Plastics (odd location for this chapter within unit).
23. Thermal Insulation and Vapor Barriers.
24. Bonding Agents, Sealers, and Sealants.
25. Bituminous Materials.
26. Roofing Systems.
27. Glass.
28.Doors, Windows, Entrances, and Storefronts.
29. Interior Finishes.
30. Painting and Coatings.
31. Acoustical Materials.
32. Interior Walls, Partitions, and Ceilings.
33. – Flooring.
34. Specialties, equipment and furnishings.
35. Special Construction.
36. Conveying Systems.
37. Fire-Suppression Systems.
UNIT 10.
38. Plumbing Systems.
39. Heating, Air-Conditioning, Ventilation, And Refrigeration.
40. Electrical Equipment And Systems.
41. Electronic Safety and Security.

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    ISBN-10: 1305086325 | ISBN-13: 9781305086326

    List Price = $105.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $78.75

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

William P. Spence

William P. Spence is Dean of the College of Technology as well as Professor of Construction Engineering Technology emeritus at Pittsburg State University in KS. He currently is active as a full-time author of more than 30 technical construction books.

Eva Kultermann

Eva Kultermann is Associate Professor in the College of Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology where she teaches courses in Materials, Architectural Design, Design Build, architectural Technology, Vertical Framing, and Energy Conscious/Sustainable Design. In 2011 she was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award for the College of Architecture. Formerly, she taught at the University of Arkansas and won the school's Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award. She also worked as a professional builder, trim carpenter, foreperson, and project manager. Ms. Kultermann holds a Carpentry Diploma from Northwest Arkansas Vocational Technical School, a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Arkansas, and an M.S. in Energy Efficient Architecture from Oxford Brooks University in England.