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The Architect's Studio Companion
Rules of Thumb for Preliminary Design
Fourth edition
by Edward Allen

The architect's favorite handbook—more informative and easier to use than ever! The Architect's Studio Companion is the laborsaving design resource that architects and builders have relied on for years.

Now in its fourth edition, this industry standard continues its reputation as a reliable tool for the preliminary selecting, configuring, and sizing of the structural, mechanical, and egress systems of a building.

The Architect's Studio Companion reduces complex engineering and building code information to simple approximations that enable the designer to lay out the fundamental systems of a building in a matter of minutes and get on with the design.

Now in a flex binding that makes it even easier to use, The Architect's Studio Companion, Fourth Edition provides quick access to reliable rules of thumb that offer vital help for selecting, configuring, and sizing:

  • Structural systems
  • Heating, cooling, and electrical systems
  • Egress provisions, including exit stairways, parking garages, and parking lots
  • Daylight provisions

The book concludes with precalculated tables of building code height and area limitations.

Contents

Designing with Building Codes

  1. Designing With Building Codes

Designing the Structure

  1. Selecting the Structural System
  2. Configuring the Structural System
  3. Sizing the Structural System

Designing with Daylight

  1. Design Criteria For Daylighting Systems
  2. Configuring and Sizing Daylighting Systems

Designing Spaces for Mechanical and Electrical Services

  1. Selecting Heating and Cooling Systems For Large Buildings
  2. Configuring and Sizing Mechanical and Electrical Services for Large Buildings
  3. Mechanical and Electrical Systems For Small Buildings

Designing for Egress and Accessibility

  1. Configuring the Egress System and Providing Accessible Routes
  2. Sizing the Egress System
  3. Stairway and Ramp Design

Designing for Parking

  1. Design Criteria for Parking Facilities
  2. Configuring Parking Facilities
  3. Sizing Parking Facilities

Designing with height and Area Limitations

  1. Height and Area Limitations
  2. Height and Area Tables

Appendices

  • Example Use of This Book
  • Units of Conversion

Index

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The Architect's Studio Companion
Rules of Thumb for Preliminary Design
Fourth edition
by Edward Allen and Joseph Iano

2007 • 468 pages • $85.00 + shipping
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