uniquely practical text provides your students with a thorough guide
to reading, understanding, and working with construction drawings.
Now updated to reflect the
Building Code® and
2015 International Residential Code®, the Seventh Edition
includes accurate, up-to-date information on current materials,
practices, and standards to prepare students for career success in
modern building trades.
The text is designed from start to finish for
real-world relevance, with topics organized by actual construction
processes, realistic construction drawings integrated into chapter
content, hundreds of practical questions and activities, and
full-size residential and commercial construction prints.
The author covers fundamental concepts including
views, lines, basic dimensioning, and symbols, as well as more
advanced principles and practices such as orienting and
cross-referencing drawings, interpreting complex drawings, and
working with commercial construction elements like structural steel,
masonry, and reinforced concrete.
In addition to updates related to 2015 codes, the
text features an all-new unit covering multi-building developments,
fire code and sound control measures, and seismic considerations,
with new drawings for a four-story, two-family building in an urban,
- The text follows a logical sequence that reflects real-world
processes and industry standards, presenting essential concepts
and practices before showing how they are used in developing
construction drawings and constructing buildings.
- Construction prints are integrated into chapter content,
providing real-world examples to illustrate key concepts and
techniques while helping students appreciate the professional
relevance of what they are learning.
- More than 600 questions throughout the text encourage
students to study building plans and construction drawings in
detail and consider key aspects from numerous perspectives,
enabling them to hone key skills across a wide range of
- Virtual walk-throughs help students visualize applications
of key concepts and relate drawings to actual buildings, making
it easier to connect chapter material to real-world
- The text includes several full-size construction prints for
students to consult while completing assignments and reviewing
chapter content, allowing them to gain familiarity with the
kinds of construction drawings they will encounter as working
- A special section on construction math provides step-by-step
instructions to help students understand and apply essential
math concepts they will need to succeed in modern building
*NEW* The Seventh Edition
includes an additional unit with all-new content related to
multi-building developments, fire code and sound control
measures, and seismic considerations, as well as new drawings
for a four-story, two-family building in an urban,
*NEW* Coverage of trusses is
now enhanced by a new drawing of a single-family home,
complementing the core chapter content with a relevant,
real-world document to help deepen students’ understanding.
Part 1: DRAWINGS: TWO-UNIT APARTMENT.
1. The Design-Construction Sequence and the Design
4. Alphabet of Lines.
5. Use of Symbols.
6. Plan Views.
8. Sections and Details.
Part 1 Test.
Part 2: READING DRAWINGS FOR TRADE INFORMATION: LAKE HOUSE
9. Clearing and Rough Grading the Site.
10. Locating the Building.
11. Site Utilities.
13. Foundation Walls.
14. Drainage, Insulation, and Concrete Slabs.
15. Framing Systems.
16. Columns, Piers, and Girders.
17. Floor Framing.
18. Laying Out Walls and Partitions.
19. Framing Openings in Walls.
20. Roof Construction Terms.
21. Roof Trusses.
22. Common Rafters.
23. Hip and Valley Framing.
25. Windows and Doors.
26. Exterior Wall Coverings.
28. Finishing Site Work.
31. Insulation and Room Finishing.
33. Lake House Specifications.
Part 2 Test.
Part 3: MULTIFAMILY CONSTRUCTION: URBAN COURTS.
34. Orienting the Drawings.
35. Fire-Rated and Acoustical Considerations.
36. Seismic Considerations.
Part 3 Test.
Part 4: HEAVY COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION: SCHOOL ADDITION.
37. Heavy Commercial Construction.
38. Coordination of Drawings.
39. Structural Drawings.
40. HVAC & Plumbing Drawings.
41. Electrical Drawings.
Part 4 Test.
Appendix A: Math Reviews.
Appendix B: Material Symbols in Sections.
Appendix C: Plumbing Symbols.
Appendix D: Electrical Symbols.
Appendix E: Abbreviations.
360 Pages -
8-1/2 x 11 in.
Mark W. Huth brings many years of experience in the industry
to his writing--first working as a carpenter, contractor, and then a
building construction teacher and his career has allowed him to
consult with hundreds of construction educators in high schools,
colleges, and universities.
He also authored several other construction titles, including Basic
Blueprint Reading for Construction, Residential Construction
Academy: Basic Principles for Construction and Practical Problems in
Mathematics for Carpenters.