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Published: 01 September 2005

288 Pages | 359 line illus.

8-1/2 x 11 inches

ISBN: 9780195161984

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How Buildings Work

The Natural Order of Architecture

Third Edition

Edward Allen and Edward Allen
Drawings by David Swoboda, Drawings by David Swoboda, Edward Allen, and Edward Allen

Illustrated with hundreds of line drawings, this classic guide reveals virtually every secret of a building's function: how it stands up, keeps its occupants safe and comfortable, gets built, and grows old--and why some buildings do this so much better than others. Allen explains complex phenomena such as the role of the sun in heating buildings and the range of structural devices that are used for support, from trusses and bearing walls to post-tensioned concrete beams and corbeled vaults. He stresses the importance of intelligent design in dealing with such problems as overheating and overcooling, excessive energy use, leaky roofs and windows, and noisy interiors.

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