Updated to the 2006
International Building and
Residential Codes, the fifth edition of UNDERSTANDING
CONSTRUCTION DRAWINGS continues to highlight a range of real
construction projects - from residential dwellings to commercial
This enhanced edition combines information and a
hands-on approach to learning. The text provides thorough coverage
that builds the foundation for a broad understanding of the entire
The book begins with a simple duplex home that
focuses readers on the fundamentals of views, lines, basic
dimensioning, and symbols. Next, coverage of a multi-level single
family home goes into more depth in orienting and cross-referencing
drawings. The third section explores multifamily construction and is
accompanied by more complex drawings for practice and more advanced
interpretations. The final portion of the book introduces students
to elements of commercial construction, including structural steel,
masonry, and reinforced concrete.
set of drawings packaged with the book illustrates each building
so that students can apply important skills and gain a "real-world"
understanding of construction drawings in an engaging way.
- Updated materials and techniques to meet the 2006
International Residential Code.
- Carefully revised to update material throughout to ensure
- More than 600 questions throughout the book encourage
readers to critically review plans and apply those skills to
various types of construction drawings.
- Each section features a virtual walk-through of the
appropriate building for visualization of concepts.
- A math review at the back of the book provides step-by-step
instructions for all the math concepts presented.
Part I: DRAWINGS—THE LANGUAGE OF CONSTRUCTION.
1. The Design-Construction Sequence and the Design Professions.
4. Alphabet of Lines.
5. Use of Symbols.
6. Plan Views.
8. Sections and Details.
Part I Test.
Part II: READING DRAWINGS FOR TRADE INFORMATION.
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.
Part II Test.
Part III: MULTIFAMILY CONSTRUCTION.
33. Orienting the Drawings.
34. Party Walls.
Part III Test.
Part IV: COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION.
Unit 37. Commercial Construction.
Unit 38. Coordination of Drawings.
Unit 39. Structural Drawings.
Unit 40. Mechanical Drawings.
Unit 41. Electrical Drawings.
Part IV Test.
School Addition Master Keynotes.
Material Symbols in Sections.
Lake House Drawings.
Town House Drawings.
School Addition Drawings.
416 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.