The Architects Studio Companion: Rules of Thumb for Preliminary Design by Edward AllenThe Architects Studio Companion: Rules of Thumb for Preliminary Design by Edward Allen

The Architects Studio Companion: Rules of Thumb for Preliminary Design

byEdward Allen, Joseph Iano

Paperback | December 27, 2011

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The architect's favorite handbook—now in an up-to-date, new edition!

The Architect's Studio Companion is the labor-saving design resource that architects, engineers, and builders have relied on for years. Now in its Fifth Edition, this industry standard maintains its reputation as a reliable tool for the preliminary selecting, configuring, and sizing of the structural, environmental, and life safety systems of a building. Bestselling authors Edward Allen and Joseph Iano reduce complex engineering and building code information to simple approximations that enable designers to lay out the fundamental systems of a building in a matter of minutes—without getting hung up on complicated technical concepts.

Complete with a convenient flex binding that lies flat for easy use, The Architect's Studio Companion, Fifth Edition gives you quick access to reliable rules of thumb that offer vital help for the preliminary design of: structural systems; heating, cooling, and electrical systems; building code height and area limits; exit stairways and other egress provisions; accessibility regulations; surface parking and structured parking garages; and daylight provisions. Additionally, this new edition gives you:

  • The most current building codes in the United States and Canada
  • New coverage of passive heating and cooling systems
  • Guidelines for designing for natural ventilation
  • Extensively updated structural design guidelines

Packed with useful information, The Architect's Studio Companion, Fifth Edition is the definitive resource that no architect should be without.

Edward Allen, FAIA, has been a member of the faculties of Yale University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and has frequently taught as a guest at other institutions throughout the United States. He is the bestselling author of Fundamentals of Building Construction, Architectural Detailing, and Form and Forces (all from W...
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Title:The Architects Studio Companion: Rules of Thumb for Preliminary DesignFormat:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 11.3 × 8.8 × 0.95 inPublished:December 27, 2011Publisher:WileyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0470641916

ISBN - 13:9780470641910

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Table of Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS vii

HOW TO USE THIS BOOK ix

SECTION 1 DESIGNING WITH BUILDING CODES 1

1. DESIGNING WITH BUILDING CODES 1

SECTION 2 DESIGNING THE STRUCTURE 19

1. SELECTING THE STRUCTURAL SYSTEM 21

2. CONFIGURING THE STRUCTURAL SYSTEM 37

3. SIZING THE STRUCTURAL SYSTEM 55

SECTION 3 DESIGNING WITH DAYLIGHT 137

1. DESIGN CRITERIA FOR DAYLIGHTING SYSTEMS 139

2. CONFIGURING AND SIZING DAYLIGHTING SYSTEMS 149

SECTION 4 DESIGNING SPACES FOR MECHANICAL AND ELECTRICAL SERVICES 157

1. SELECTING HEATING AND COOLING SYSTEMS FOR LARGE BUILDINGS 159

2. CONFIGURING AND SIZING MECHANICAL AND ELECTRICAL SERVICES FOR LARGE BUILDINGS 179

3. PASSIVE HEATING AND COOLING SYSTEMS 215

4. MECHANICAL AND ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS FOR SMALL BUILDINGS 233

SECTION 5 DESIGNING FOR EGRESS AND ACCESSIBILITY 261

1. CONFIGURING THE EGRESS SYSTEM AND PROVIDING ACCESSIBLE ROUTES 263

2. SIZING THE EGRESS SYSTEM 295

3. STAIRWAY AND RAMP DESIGN 311

SECTION 6 DESIGNING FOR PARKING 327

1. DESIGN CRITERIA FOR PARKING FACILITIES 329

2. CONFIGURING PARKING FACILITIES 337

3. SIZING PARKING FACILITIES 349

SECTION 7DESIGNING WITH HEIGHT AND AREA LIMITATIONS 363

1. HEIGHT AND AREA LIMITATIONS 365

2. HEIGHT AND AREA TABLES 385

APPENDIX A EXAMPLE USE OF THIS BOOK 473

APPENDIX B UNITS OF CONVERSION 477

BIBLIOGRAPHY 479

INDEX 481