This proven, uniquely practical text provides your students with a thorough guide to reading, understanding and working with construction drawings. Now updated to reflect the 2012 International Building Code® and 2012 International Residential Code®, the Sixth Edition includes accurate, up-to-date information on current materials, practices, and standards to prepare students for career success in modern building trades. The text is designed from start to finish for real-world relevance, with topics organized by actual construction processes. It has realistic construction drawings integrated into chapter content, hundreds of practical questions and activities, and full-size residential and commercial construction prints. The author covers fundamental concepts including views, lines, basic dimensioning, and symbols, as well as more advanced principles and practices such as orienting and cross-referencing drawings, interpreting complex drawings, and working with commercial construction elements like structural steel, masonry, and reinforced concrete. A new feature highlights information on environmental considerations such as energy efficiency, sustainable materials, and "green" building practices, emphasizing the growing importance of these concepts to students entering the modern construction industry.
Table of Contents
Part I: DRAWINGS—THE LANGUAGE OF CONSTRUCTION.
1. The Design-Construction Sequence and the Design Professions.
4. Alphabet of Lines.
5. Use of Symbols.
6. Plan Views.
8. Sections and Details.
Part I Test.
Part II: READING DRAWINGS FOR TRADE INFORMATION.
9. Clearing and Rough Grading the Site.
10. Locating the Building.
11. Site Utilities.
13. Foundation Walls.
14. Drainage, Insulation, and Concrete Slabs.
15. Framing Systems.
16. Columns, Piers, and Girders.
17. Floor Framing.
18. Laying Out Walls and Partitions.
19. Framing Openings in Walls.
20. Roof Construction Terms.
21. Roof Trusses.
22. Common Rafters.
23. Hip and Valley Framing.
25. Windows and Doors.
26. Exterior Wall Coverings.
28. Finishing Site Work.
31. Insulation and Room Finishing.
33. Lake House Specifications
Part II Test.
Part III: MULTIFAMILY CONSTRUCTION.
34. Orienting the Drawings.
35. Town House Construction
36. Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning
Part III Test.
Part IV: Heavy COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION.
Unit 38. Heavt Commercial Construction.
Unit 39. Coordination of Drawings.
Unit 40. Structural Drawings.
Unit 41. HVAC & Plumbing Drawings.
Unit 42. Electrical Drawings.
Part IV Test.
Appendix A – School Addition Master Keynote
Appendix B - Math Reviews.
Appendix C - Material Symbols in Sections.
Appendix D - Plumbing Symbols.
Appendix E - Electrical Symbols.
Appendix F - Abbreviations.