Architectural Graphic Standards
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Ramsey and Sleeper
Architectural Graphic Standards
11th edition
edited by Andrew Pressman

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Since 1932, Architectural Graphic Standards has been referred to as the "architect's bible." From site excavation to structures to roofs, this book is the first place to look when an architect is confronted with a question about building design.

With more than 8,000 architectural illustrations, including both reference drawings and constructible architectural details, AGS 11 provides an easily accessible graphic reference.

To celebrate seventy-five years as the cornerstone of an industry, this commemorative Eleventh Edition is the most thorough and significant revision of Architectural Graphic Standards in a generation. Substantially revised to be even more relevant to today's design professionals, it features:

  • An entirely new, innovative look and design created by Bruce Mau Design that includes a modern page layout, bold second color, and new typeface
  • Better organized-- a completely new organization structure applies the UniFormat(r) classification system which organizes content by function rather than product or material
  • Expanded and updated coverage of inclusive, universal, and accessible design strategies
  • Environmentally-sensitive and sustainable design is presented and woven throughout including green materials, LEEDS standards, and recyclability
  • A bold, contemporary new package--as impressive closed as it is open, the Eleventh Edition features a beveled metal plate set in a sleek, black cloth cover
  • Ribbon Markers included as a convenient and helpful way to mark favorite and well used spots in the book

Thoroughly reviewed and edited by hundreds of building science experts and experienced architects, all new details and content including:

  • new structural technologies, building systems, and materials
  • emphasis on sustainable construction, green materials, LEED standards, and recyclability
  • expanded and updated coverage on inclusive, universal, and accessible design strategies
  • computing technologies including Building Information Modeling (BIM) and CAD/CAM
  • new information on regional and international variations
  • accessibility requirements keyed throughout the text
  • new standards for conducting, disseminating, and applying architectural research

Book Contents

Section 1: Building Elements

1. Element A. Substructure

  • Soils and Soils Explorations
  • Soils Definitions, Terms And Classifications
  • Soil Studies And Reports
  • Geographic Variations
  • Climatic Foundation Issues
  • Seismic Foundation Issues
  • Foundations
  • General
  • Settlements and Differential Settlements
  • Standard Foundations
  • Shallow Foundations
  • Deep Foundations
  • Special Foundations
  • Foundations for Individual Building Types
  • Seismic Base Isolation
  • Underpinning and Foundation Reinforcing
  • Slab-On-Grade
  • Basement Construction
  • Basement Excavation
  • Basement Walls
  • Case Studies

2. Element B. Shell

  • General Information
  • Climate and Energy
  • Sustainability And Energy
  • Recommended Reading
  • Superstructure
  • Floor Construction
  • Roof Construction
  • Fireproofing and Firestopping
  • Exterior Enclosure.
  • Exterior Walls
  • Exterior Windows
  • Doors
  • Roofing
  • Steep Slope Roofing
  • Low Slope Roofing
  • Drainage
  • Flashing
  • Roof and Parapet Expansion Joints
  • Skylights, Scuttles, And Vents
  • Roof Detailing
  • Case Studies

3. Element C. Interiors

  • Interior Construction
  • Partitions
  • Wall and Corner Guards
  • Interior Doors
  • Fireplaces and Stoves
  • Special Room Construction
  • Stairs
  • Concrete Stairs
  • Metal Stairs
  • Steel Stairs
  • Wood Stairs
  • Alternate Stair Types
  • Treads, Risers, and Nosings
  • Interior Finishes
  • Wall Finishes
  • Floor Finishes
  • Ceiling Finishes
  • Case studies

4. Element D. Services

  • Conveying
  • Design Considerations
  • Elevator Systems
  • Escalators and Moving Walks
  • Material Conveyors
  • Chutes and Dumbwaiters
  • Plumbing
  • Design Considerations
  • Plumbing Fixtures
  • Plumbing System Types
  • Plumbing System Pipes and Valves
  • Potable Water Distribution System
  • Sanitary and Waste Drainage Systems
  • Stormwater Drainage Systems
  • Typical Building Water and Gas Service
  • Other Plumbing Systems
  • Case studies

5. Element E. Equipment and Furnishings

  • Equipment
  • Commercial Equipment
  • Institutional Equipment
  • Vehicular Equipment
  • Other Equipment
  • Furnishings
  • Fixed Furnishings
  • Furniture and Accessories
  • Case studies

6. Element F. Special Construction and Demolition

  • Special Construction
  • Special Structures
  • Integrated Construction
  • Special Construction Systems
  • Special Facilities
  • Special Controls and Instrumentation
  • Selective Building Demolition
  • Building Elements Demolition
  • Hazardous Components Abatement
  • Case Studies

7. Element G. Building Sitework

  • Site Preparation
  • Embankment Stabilization
  • Site Improvement
  • Porous Pavements
  • Parking Lots
  • Pedestrian Paving
  • Site Development
  • Landscaping
  • Site Civil/Mechanical Utilities
  • Subsurface Drainage Systems
  • Surface Drainage Systems
  • Runoff Control Systems
  • Manholes, Inlets, and Catch Basins
  • Site Electrical Utilities
  • Site Lighting
  • Case Studies

Section 2: Materials

8. Concrete

  • Concrete Forms and Accessories
  • Economy Of Concrete Formwork
  • Concrete Formwork for Columns And Footings
  • Concrete Formwork for Walls
  • Concrete Formwork for Slabs And Beams
  • Concrete Formwork Hardware
  • Concrete Reinforcement
  • Reinforcing Bars and Wire
  • Placement Of Steel Reinforcement
  • Cast-In-Place Concrete
  • Concrete Admixtures
  • Supplementary Cementitious Materials (Scm)
  • Concrete Surfaces, Finishes, and Integral Color
  • Concrete Surfaces: Defect Prevention, Repair, Coatings, and Treatments

9. Masonry

  • Masonry Mortar
  • Mortar and Grout
  • Masonry Accessories
  • Anchorage And Reinforcement
  • Masonry Ties
  • Masonry Accessories and Related Items
  • Masonry Movement Joints
  • Lintels
  • Masonry Units
  • Unit Masonry
  • Clay Masonry Units
  • Concrete Masonry Units
  • Columns, Pilasters, and Beams
  • Masonry Arches
  • Structural Facing Tile: Wall Sections and Properties
  • Glass Unit Masonry
  • Glass Block: Design Data
  • Glass Block Details
  • Stone
  • Stone Uses and Properties
  • Stone Masonry Patterns and Veneer
  • Stone Details’ Residential

10. Metals

  • Metal Materials
  • Properties of Metals
  • Finishes on Metals
  • Metal Fastenings
  • Structural Welds
  • Welds and Welding Symbols
  • Metal Fabrications
  • W And M Steel Shapes
  • S, HP, C, MC, And L Steel Shapes
  • Structural Tees Cut From W And S Shapes
  • Miscellaneous Metal Angles, Tees, Zees, and Channels
  • Metal Tubing and Pipes
  • Gratings
  • Ornamental Metal
  • Ornamental Ironwork Details
  • Perforated Metals
  • Perforated and Sheet Metals
  • Steel Sheets, Coils, and Plates

11. Wood

  • Designing with Wood
  • Wood Treatment
  • Wood Preservatives
  • Fire-Retardant Treated Wood
  • Fastenings
  • Wood Adhesives
  • Nails
  • Shields and Anchors
  • Sheathing
  • Plywood Design Data
  • Plywood Panel Types
  • Wall and Roof Sheathing
  • Plywood Subflooring on Wood Framing
  • Plywood Sheathing For Roofs and Soffits
  • Oriented Strand Board
  • Architectural Woodwork
  • Interior Wall Paneling Details
  • Interior Wood Trim and Moldings
  • Panel Products and Wood Veneers
  • Panel Products and Wood Veneers

Section 3: Issues of Contemporary Practice

12. Sustainable Design

  • Framework Of Good Design: Principles And Process
  • Flows in Nature
  • Healthy Ecosystems
  • Healthy Materials
  • Healthy Community Design
  • Healthy Buildings
  • Metrics

13. Inclusive Design

  • Universal Design
  • Visitability
  • Accessible Design
  • Fair Housing Amendments Act

14. Computing Technologies

  • Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM)
  • Real-World Examples
  • The Design Environment
  • The Manufacturing Environment
  • Cnc Machine Control and Operation
  • Manufacturing Application Environments
  • Building Information Modeling (Bim)
  • How Bim Overcomes the Limitations of CAD
  • Bim And Related Technologies
  • Interoperability and the IFC Building Model

15. Architectural Research


  • Climate
  • Solar Radiation And Building Orientation
  • Thermal Transmission
  • Human Dimensions
  • Mobility Aids
  • Construction Information
  • CAD Standards
  • Graphic Symbols
  • Using The Metric System
  • Building Security
  • Classical Architectural Elements
  • Geometry
  • Mathematical Data
  • Structural Calculations
  • Professional Associations and Institutes Directory



Architectural Graphic Standards
CD-ROM Version 4.0

Architectural Graphic Standards
11th edition book

Celebrating its 75th Anniversary, Architectural Graphic Standards continues to be the bible for architects, builders, and engineers.

Architectural Graphic Standards version 4.0 CD-ROM has been completely redesigned for easier navigation and contains the entire contents of the book, including all 8,500 illustrations in digital and CAD-compatible format.

Among other useful features, this new CD-ROM version:

  • Presents a new user interface that makes searching and downloading details easier
  • Provides easier search methods—Topic Search, Index Search, Key Word Search, and CSI Code Search
  • Features content reorganized according to Uniformat, which more closely follows an architect's workflow
  • The graphic standard details are available in a CAD-compatible format so users can view, print, or download from the CD-ROM into their own drawings, and the text and tables can be used in word processing or presentation software

  • Is now compatible with the Mac!


Ramsey and Sleeper
Architectural Graphic Standards
11th edition
edited by Andrew Pressman

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