Building Construction Method compressed

This book is about the materials and methods of building construction. Throughout it, alternative ways of building are described: different structural systems, different methods of building enclosure, and different interior finishes, each with characteristics that distinguish it from the alternatives. Sometimes a choice between alternatives is based on visual characteristics,
such as when a particular finish material is preferred for its surface character and beauty, or when a material such as concrete is selected over steel for its massiveness and plasticity. Sometimes choices are purely technical, such as the selection of a membrane that is impervious to water for a low-slope roof, or when a particular method of masonry wall reinforcing is selected to provide resistance to earthquake forces. Choices of materials and building systems may be made with the goal of minimizing environmental impacts or they may be dictated by regulations intended to protect public safety and welfare. Construction costs, energy efficiency, durability, and many other factors come into consideration.