Building Construction: Principles, Materials, and Systems eBook (3e) : 9780134443515

Building Construction: Principles, Materials, and Systems eBook (3e)

Mehtaá,M et al
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Pearson Higher Ed USA
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About the book: For one- or two-semester courses in Construction Methods and Materials and Design in Architecture. Promoting comprehensive understanding in general and complex concepts in construction.

Exceptionally well-received and one of the most acclaimed university-level books on construction, Building Construction, Principles, Materials and Systems is a comprehensive and fully illustrated introduction to construction methods and materials. It’s informed by a core philosophy that sufficient grounding in the principles and science of construction is the best way to equip today’s designers and constructors to respond successfully to rapid changes in the built environment. By ensuring students are well-versed in the science and technology of materials and systems, the text aims to better prepare architects, engineers, and constructors to produce a resilient and sustainable built environment—a need that will grow with increasing urbanisation across the globe. 

The science of building construction and design is evolving more quickly than ever before. The 3rd Edition of this outstanding text builds on the previous versions. It incorporates the latest updates available, features over one thousand new end-of-chapter problems, and now addresses common errors related to the topic. The organisation of the text fosters a definitive understanding of general concepts before moving on to more complex concepts. Emphasising a visual approach to learning, it includes original illustrations.

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Table of contents
  • PART I: Principles of Construction
  • An Overview of the Building Delivery Process (How Buildings Come Into Being)
  • Design and Constructions Regulations
  • Loads on Buildings
  • Load Resistance (The Structural Properties of Materials)
  • Properties of the Envelope-I (Thermal Properties)
  • Properties of the Envelope-II (Air and Water Vapor Control)
  • Fire and Smoke-Related Properties
  • Acoustical Properties of Materials
  • Principles of Joints And Sealants (Expansion and Contraction Control)
  • Principles of Sustainable Construction
  • Soils and Excavations
  • Below-Grade Construction (Foundation Systems and Basements)
  • PART II: Material and Systems of Constructions
  • Materials for Wood Construction-I (Lumber)
  • Materials for Wood Construction-II (Engineered Wood Products, Fasteners, and Connectors)
  • Wood Light-Frame Construction-I
  • Wood Light-Frame Construction-II
  • Structural Insulated Panel Construction
  • Material Steel and Steel Components
  • Structural Steel Construction
  • Cold-Formed Steel construction
  • Lime, Portland Cement, And Concrete
  • Concrete Construction-I (Formwork, Reinforcement, and Slabs-On-Ground)
  • Concrete Construction-II (Site-Cast And Precast Concrete Framing Systems)
  • Masonry Materials-I (Mortar and Brick)
  • Masonry Materials-II (Concrete Masonry Units, Natural Stone, and Glass Masonry Units)
  • Masonry and Concrete Bearing Wall Construction
  • Exterior Wall Cladding-I (Principles of Rainwater Infiltration Control)
  • Exterior Wall Cladding-II (Masonry, Precast Concrete, and GFRC)
  • Exterior Wall Cladding-III (Stucco, Adhered Veneer, Eifs, Natural Stone, and Insulated Metal Panels)
  • Glass, Glazing, and Light-Transmitting Plastics
  • Windows and Doors
  • Exterior Wall Cladding-IV (Wall System in Glass)
  • Roofing-I (Low-Slope Roofs)
  • Roofing-I (Steep Roofs)
  • Stairs
  • Floor Coverings
  • Ceilings
  • Appendix A: SI System and U.S. System of Units
  • Appendix B: Preliminary Sizing of Structural Members
Features & benefits

Organisation and Approach       

  • Full colour diagrams feature throughout the text.

  • A unique organisation creates an unparalleled exploration of building construction–principles of construction are covered in Part 1, and materials and systems of construction are covered in Part 2–providing students with a balanced learning approach.

  • A focus on principles in Part 1 emphasises the basic principles common to the performance of most building materials. By doing this in the classroom, the authors have experienced that they can preclude or reduce repetition when progressing from one material or system to another later on in the course. This focus also encourages critical thinking and informed decision making related to building materials and methods of construction. These principles will sustain over time even as materials and systems/assemblies are bound to change.               

  • The logical organisation in Part 2 presents the materials and systems in an order based on the extent of their use in the working world.

  • Cornerstone coverage of sustainability features a comprehensive chapter on sustainability and thorough integration of related content throughout the text.

  • Extensive cross-referencing allows for quick and thorough referencing from Part 2 (Materials and Systems) to the underlying principles in Part 1 (Principles of Construction). This gives instructors and students maximum flexibility and the ability to start with Part 2 if they prefer. This may be particularly appealing for a one-semester course.


Content, Illustrations, and Pedagogy


  • Hundreds of original photographs and drawings have been developed specifically for this text–clearly illustrating difficult concepts and ideas.

  • An extra-large trim size of 9” x 12” allows for an open and inviting layout so students can learn easily and effortlessly.

  • Numerous examples with solutions prepare students for exams and real-world applications. Principles in Practice sections demonstrate practical applications of key concepts and reinforce the fundamentals that will sustain over time.

  • A chapter on “Sustainable Construction” and the Focus on Sustainability boxes highlighted throughout the text address contemporary green issues that face the construction industry today.

  • Practice Quizzes are integrated within each chapter allowing readers to test their comprehension before moving on to additional concepts.

  • Expand Your Knowledge boxes offer readers the opportunity to learn more about a relevant topic being discussed in the main body of the text.

  • Margin Notes include additional information and help clarify selected topics.

  • End-of-chapter content, such as key terms, review questions, selected websites and suggestions for further reading, make studying for exams or doing additional research a breeze.

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