Fundamentals of Residential Construction

(5th Edition)

Allen / Schreyer / Thallon

The new edition of the definitive guide to professional home construction, fully updated and revised 

Fundamentals of Residential Construction provides clear, accurate, and accessible guidance to every step of single family and multifamily home construction, covering site preparation, project delivery methods, scheduling, foundations, framing, roofing, heating and cooling, plumbing and electrical, and more. Illustrated with more than 1,250 high-quality drawings, photographs, and photorealistic renderings throughout, this classic textbook addresses all major construction systems: light wood frame, mass timber, masonry, steel frame, light gauge steel, reinforced concrete construction, green building, and outdoor structures.

The fifth edition is thoroughly revised to reflect the industry’s latest methods, materials, and technology, offering the most up-to-date explanations of today’s residential construction systems and current building codes, including the International Residential Code (IRC) and energy codes. This edition features an entirely new section on metal, plastic, and composite construction materials sections as well as additional material on ventilation, air-sealing, decks, and outdoor structures

  • Provides a solid foundation in residential construction methods, tools, and processes
  • Discusses the latest codes, costs, trends, and best practices in design and construction
  • Offers timely coverage of sustainable building, energy efficiency, multifamily construction, prefabricated building components, and CAD/BIM planning tools
  • Includes access to a newly updated companion website with an instructor’s manual, chapter exercises, hands-on 3D interactive activities, and other supplementary resources

Fundamentals of Residential Construction, Fifth Edition, remains essential reading for anyone looking to successfully complete a residential project. It is a perfect textbook for students in construction science, construction management, construction technology, and architecture, and is a valuable reference for professional builders, construction managers, and designers.

ISBN: 978-1-119-81156-5
Publication: September 2022

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Chapters

PART ONE: CONTEXT FOR BUILDING

1. The Context for Residential Construction

2. Sustainability Aspects of Construction

3. The Construction Community: Builders, Contractors, and Developers

4. The Design Community: Architects, Designers, and Consultants

PART TWO: MATERIALS

5. Wood, Wood Products, and Plastics

6. Masonry

7. Concrete and Metals

PART THREE: WOOD LIGHT FRAME HOUSE CONSTRUCTION

8. Rough Site Work

9. Foundations

10. Floor and Wall Framing

11. Roof Framing

12. Finishing The Roof

13. Windows And Exterior Doors

14. Finishing The Exterior Walls

15. Plumbing

16. Heating, Cooling, and Ventilation

17. Fireplaces and Stoves

18. Electrical Wiring

19. Thermal Insulation, Air-and Vapor-Control

20. Interior Surfaces

21. Finishing the Interior

22. Finish Sitework

PART FOUR: ALTERNATIVE CONSTRUCTION SYSTEMS

23. Panelized and Prefabricated Off-Site Construction

24. Timber Frame Construction

25. Loadbearing Masonry and Concrete Construction

26. Light-Gauge Steel Construction

27. Low-Tech, Low-Energy Construction

PART FIVE: MULTIFAMILY BUILDING CONSTRUCTION

28. Multifamily Construction Systems

Glossary

Index