Illustrated Dictionary of  Building Design and Construction by Ernest BurdenIllustrated Dictionary of  Building Design and Construction by Ernest Burden

Illustrated Dictionary of Building Design and Construction

byErnest Burden

Paperback | December 1, 2004

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With a straightforward A-Z organization, and more photos, drawings, and diagrams than any other illustrated dictionary, this dictionary will be a mainstay on the shelves of anyone involved in the building industry. The wide range of topics makes it the only single volume reference to cover all aspects of design, construction, and related business terminology. A sampling of the categories includes:• Project management• Construction process and management• Design-Build• Eco-design and green building• Marketing and presentationNo other illustrated construction dictionary covers design, the coordination between the entire design and project delivery process, and the business aspects of the building industry. In addition, it includes more photos, detailed drawings, and diagrams than any other book on the shelf.
Ernest Burden is an architect, writer, and principal of Burden Associates, a New York-based media and marketing consulting firm. He is the author of many acclaimed books on architecture and preservation, including The Illustrated Dictionary of Architecture, Second Edition; Illustrated Dictionary of Architectural Preservation, and Entou...
Title:Illustrated Dictionary of Building Design and ConstructionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 9.3 × 7.5 × 0.7 inPublished:December 1, 2004Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0071445064

ISBN - 13:9780071445061


Table of Contents


business policies and procedures; agreements


room attributes of all building types

Building Components

substructure; superstructure; walls, roof, windows, doors

Building Failures

causes and remedies

Building Systems

mechanical; electrical; elevators; fire protection; life safety

Building Trades

carpentry; drywall; electrical; masonry; glazing; woodworking

Building Types

Auditorium through Zoo


typical building parts and systems - isolated as to methods of installation)


foundations, framing, plumbing, electrical, HVAC, roofing, etc.

Construction Management

client/GC relationships; procedures


tools; materials; procedures; business; finance

Contractual Terms

types of project delivery; payments; negotiating


management; estimates; indexes; GMP [Guaranteed Maximum Price]


services and processes; from site research to construction documents


contractual arrangements; management procedures

Ecological Design and Construction

green buildings; materials; construction methods


direct; indirect; salary; staffing


construction cost estimating; financing

Interior Finishes

doors; windows; trim; cabinets; lighting; painting

Joint Ventures

responsibilities; agreements; partnerships


contracts; liabilities; licenses; insurance


research; collateral; database management; proposals; presentations


concrete; brick; masonry; stone; steel; fabric; plastics; wood

Project Delivery

project management methods and procedures


materials and specialized procedures

Restorative Technology

cleaning; repairing; replicating; restoring


field; financial; progress; project status; site analysis


production of drawings and specifications; construction phasing

Site Development

master planning; utilities; site preparation


building codes; construction documents; masterspec


outline of functions of all related building trades and procedures


new high-tech materials and methods of construction


architectural and construction job positions


internet and intranets; project-specific web sites


building codes and ordinances

Editorial Reviews

Low interest rates have encouraged a prolonged building and renovation boom in many parts of the US. Release of this illustrated building design and construction dictionary, aimed at engineers, architects, technicians, contractors, trades people, real estate firms, students, and homeowners is therefore timely. Burden, author of Illustrated Dictionary of Architecture (CH, Oct'98, 36-0672) and Illustrated Dictionary of Architectural Preservation (CH, Jul'04, 41-6238), offers a dictionary with over 5,000 simple definitions of design, contracting, project management, construction, renovation, eco-design, and adaptive use terms. Entries are carefully cross-referenced, written to be accessible to nonprofessionals, and range in length from 4 to 75 words. The volume includes few acronyms. In construction and architecture, a picture is worth a thousand words; hence more than 1,500 unusually high-quality black-and-white photographs, cropped working drawings, plan, maps, and construction schedules accompany entries where appropriate. This is an excellent ready-reference book for fist-time home buyers. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers; undergraduates. -- J.A. Buczynski, Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology