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Featuring a full color design with a wide range of photos and figures that reflect today's construction practices, this Fourth Edition has been updated throughout to ensure that students stay current with industry standards and trends. Known for its basic, step-by-step approach, RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION ACADEMY: BASIC PRINCIPLES FOR CONSTRUCTION, 4E, is ideal for those beginning a career in the building trades industry. Readers will find thorough, up-to-date coverage of basic skills and important tasks necessary for success in the field, such as work ethics, safety procedures, construction mathematics, communications, print reading, and common tools. Unlike traditional building trade volumes, Huth's popular book also provides information on construction careers. Created in partnership with the Home Builders Institute (HBI), the workforce development arm of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the Residential Construction Academy Series is the only program based on the National Skill Standards for residential construction.

Mark W. Huth,

Mark Huth is a former editor at Cengage Learning, a role that took him inside hundreds of classrooms and allowed him to glean the best teaching methods for his students and readers. He travels extensively throughout North America, gaining first-hand knowledge of construction methods and materials. In addition to UNDERSTANDING CONSTRUCTION DRAWINGS and BASIC PRINCIPLES FOR CONSTRUCTION, he is the author of several other respected texts on construction principles, technology, and mathematics. Mr. Huth has also taught high school building construction and worked as a professional carpenter and subcontractor. He holds a master of science degree in curriculum and instruction, as well as permanent certification in building construction from the New York State Education Department.
  • Updated safety content reflects the latest OSHA regulations.
  • Coverage of green construction and green certification programs has been updated to reflect changes in the industry.
  • Updated coverage of building codes, permits, and zoning laws ensure that students have the most relevant and up-to-date information.
  • New "Success Stories" in every chapter demonstrate concepts in action.
  • Comprehensive coverage of a solid range of topics makes this a must-have guide for students beginning in the industry.
  • Detailed color photos and illustrations highlight important concepts and familiarize first-timers with the latest equipment and procedures.
  • Coverage of basic math concepts and work ethic guidelines provide students with important material often overlooked in traditional building trades books.
  • Summaries at the end of every chapter provide a "built-in study guide" to ensure student mastery of key points.
1. Organization of the Industry.
2. Working in the Industry.
3. Green Construction.
4. Jobsite Safety.
5. Safety with Ladders, Scaffolds, and Machines.
6. Whole Numbers.
7. Decimals.
8. Fractions.
9. Linear Measure.
10. Percent (Percentage).
11. Area and Volume.
12. Right Angles.
13. Combined Operations.
14. Hand Tools-Selection, Use and Care.
15. Power Tools-Selection, Use, and Care.
16. Fasteners.
17. Rigging.
19. Scales.
20. Alphabet of Lines.
21. Use of Symbols.
22. Plan Views.
23. Elevations.
24. Sections and Details.
Appendix A.
Appendix B.
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Instructor's Guide

ISBN: 9781305088634
Updated to match the Fourth Edition's new content, exercises, and problems,the IG provides teaching tips or guidelines, essay questions, answers to review and test questions, key objectives, glossary, appendices, and exercises for content reinforcement.

Instructor's Resource

ISBN: 9781305088641
The Instructor Resources include an Instructor's Manual, Computerized Test Bank in ExamView, and other resources to speed lecture and exam preparation.


ISBN: 9781305088658
The student workbook helps readers retain key chapter content through chapter objective questions, key term definition queries, multiple choice, fill in the blank, and true or false problems.



ISBN: 9781305088658
Succeed in the course with this practical student workbook featuring chapter objective questions, key term definition queries, multiple choice, fill in the blank, and true or false problems.