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How Buildings Work


Over the past quarter century, the practice of building has undergone significant changes in several areas, notably mechanical, electrical, and  communications systems. New areas of social concern have emerged, especially for buildings that are accessible by all, and for building in a sustainable manner. This third edition, in the tradition of its predecessors, sticks to the basics, but includes hundreds of changes both large and small that reflect the current state of the art and science of building.


Publised in 2005
285 pages


4. Building Function, 31
5. Providing Water, 33
6. Recycling Wastes, 41
7. Providing for Thermal Comfort, 49
8. Thermal Properties of Building Components, 53
9. Controlling the Radiation of Heat, 72
10. Controlling Air Temperature and Humidity, 81
11. Controlling Air Movement, 99
12. Keeping Water Out, 109
13. Seeing and Illumination, 128
14. Hearing and Being Heard, 138
15. Providing Concentrated Energy, 149
16. Fitting Buildings to People, 158
17. Providing Structural Support, 172
18. Providing for Building Movement, 204
19. Controlling Fire, 213
20. Getting a Building Built, 227
21. Keeping a Building Alive and Growing, 239
22. Building Components and Building Function, 252
Glossary, 257
Index, 267

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