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Construction Materials, Methods and Techniques, 3rd Edition

  • William P. Spence
  • Eva Kultermann
  • ISBN-10: 1435481089
  • ISBN-13: 9781435481084
  • 1120 Pages | Hardcover
  • Previous Editions: 2007, 1998
  • COPYRIGHT: 2011 Published
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About the Product

Explore the most up-to-date green methods for residential and commercial building construction, along with the construction materials and properties needed to carry them out with this newly revised book. CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS, METHODS AND TECHNIQUES: BUILDING FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE, 3E offers comprehensive coverage of these topics and presents them using a logical, well-structured format that follows the natural sequence of a construction project. With an emphasis in providing the most current information available, including sustainability and green design, this third edition is fully equipped with content that reflects the 2004 Edition of Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) MasterFormat and information that is based on the input of hundreds of today's top manufacturers and professional and trade organizations. In addition, relevant building codes are frequently referenced, rounding out this need-to-know coverage that is critical to success in the industry.


  • Facilitates comprehension with a logical, organized format that mirrors the natural progression of a construction project, allowing readers to build a foundation of knowledge before moving into the specific requirements of each stage of construction.

  • Organized by selected divisions with references to the 2004 edition of the MasterFormatTM.

  • Encourages readers to apply what they have learned with hands-on activities at the end of each chapter.

  • Chapters feature Learning Objectives, Key Terms, and Review Questions to help aid in the students comprehension and learning of chapter materials.

About the Author

William P. Spence

William P. Spence is Dean of the College of Technology as well as Professor of Construction Engineering Technology emeritus at Pittsburg State University in KS. He currently is active as a full-time author of more than 30 technical construction books.

Eva Kultermann

Eva Kultermann is Associate Professor in the College of Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology where she teaches courses in Materials, Architectural Design, Design Build, architectural Technology, Vertical Framing, and Energy Conscious/Sustainable Design. In 2011 she was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award for the College of Architecture. Formerly, she taught at the University of Arkansas and won the school's Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award. She also worked as a professional builder, trim carpenter, foreperson, and project manager. Ms. Kultermann holds a Carpentry Diploma from Northwest Arkansas Vocational Technical School, a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Arkansas, and an M.S. in Energy Efficient Architecture from Oxford Brooks University in England.

Table of Contents

1. The Construction Industry: An Overview.
2. Regulatory Constraints, Standards and Sustainability.
3. Properties of Materials.
4. The Building Site.
5. Soils.
6. Foundations.
7. Concrete.
8. Cast-In-Place Concrete.
9. Precast Concrete.
10. Mortars for Masonry Walls.
11. Clay Brick and Tile.
12. Concrete Masonry.
13. Stone.
14. Masonry Construction.
15. Ferrous Metals.
16. Nonferrous Metals.
17. Steel Frame Construction.
18. Wood, Plastics, and Composites.
19. Products Manufactured from Wood.
20. Wood and Metal Light Frame Construction.
21. Heavy Timber Construction.
22. Finishing the Exterior and Interior of Light Wood Frame Buildings.
23. Paper and Paper Pulp Products.
24. Plastics.
25. Thermal Insulation and Vapor Barriers.
26. Bonding Agents, Sealers, and Sealants.
27. Bituminous Materials.
28. Roofing Systems.
29. Glass.
30. Doors, Windows, Entrances, and Storefronts.
31. Cladding Systems.
32. Interior Finishes.
33. Painting and Coatings.
34. Gypsum, Lime, and Plaster.
35. Acoustical Materials.
36. Interior Walls, Partitions, and Ceilings.
37. Flooring.
38. Carpeting.
39. Specialties.
40. Residential and Commercial Equipment.
41. Furnishings.
42. Special Construction.
43. Conveying Systems.
44. Fire-Suppression Systems.
45. Plumbing Systems.
46. Heating, Air-Conditioning, Ventilation, And Refrigeration.
47. Electrical Equipment And Systems.
48. Electronic Safety and Security.

New to this edition

  • Offers the very latest information on the industry's hottest topics, including sustainable and green building materials, assemblies and systems.
  • Extensive and up-to-date, the text is highlighted with over 300 new color photos and illustrations that focus on the most current equipment, tools and procedures.
  • Showcases ground-breaking materials and systems with Construction Materials, Methods, and Techniques Boxes, providing more detailed information on selected areas of interest.
  • Clearly illustrates the real-world application of new construction materials and strategies with Case Studies, many of which have received a Green or LEED certification.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

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