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Building Systems for Interior Designers
by Corky Binggeli

Featured Topics

  • Heating and air conditioning systems
  • Environmental issues
  • Water and waste
  • HVAC systems
  • Electricity
  • Lighting
  • Fire safety
  • Transportation systems
  • and many more!

Building Systems for Interior Designers is the first book to explain technical building systems and engineering issues in a clear and accessible way to interior designers.

The technical knowledge and vocabulary presented here allow interior designers to communicate more effectively with architects, engineers, and contractors while collaborating on projects, leading to more accurate solutions for problems related to a broad range of other building considerations with an impact on interior design. Information on sustainable design is integrated throughout the book, making it a relevant tool for current and emerging trends in building design.

Written in a straightforward, nontechnical style that maintains depth and accuracy, this book is the first complete text applicable to interior design courses and provides thorough preparation for the NCIDQ exam. Engaging, clear illustrations support the text, which is accessible to those without a math or physics background.

Building Systems for Interior Designers is a valuable book for students, as well as a practical desktop reference for professionals!


  1. The Big Picture
    1. Natural Resources
    2. Building Site Conditions
    3. Designing for Building Functions
    4. The Human Body and the Built Environment
    5. Building Codes

  2. Water and Wastes
    1. Sources of Water
    2. Water Quality
    3. Water Distribution
    4. Hot Water
    5. Waste Plumbing
    6. Treating and Recycling Water
    7. Recycling Solid Wastes
    8. Plumbing Fixtures
    9. Designing Bath and Toilet Rooms

  3. Thermal Comfort
    1. Principles of Thermal Comfort
    2. Thermal Capacity and Resistance
    3. Humidity
    4. Mechanical Engineering Design Process
    5. Indoor Air Contaminants
    6. Designing for Indoor Air Quality
    7. Ventilation
    8. Fenestration
    9. Solar Heating

  4. Heating and Cooling Systems
    1. Heating Systems
    2. Cooling
    3. Heating,Ventilating, and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) Systems

  5. Electricity
    1. How Electrical Systems Work
    2. Electrical Service Equipment
    3. Electrical Circuit Design
    4. Electrical Wiring and Distribution
    5. Receptacles and Switches
    6. Residential Appliances

  6. Lighting
    1. Daylighting
    2. Lighting Design
    3. Lighting for Specific Spaces

  7. Security and Communications Systems
    1. Communications and Control Systems
    2. Securing the Building
    3. Systems for Private Residences
    4. Other Security and Communications Applications
    5. Office Communications Systems

  8. Fire Safety
    1. Principles of Fire Safety
    2. Design for Fire Safety
    3. Escape Routes
    4. Limiting Fuels
    5. Fire Suppression
    6. Fire Detection and Alarms

  9. Conveying Systems
    1. Elevators
    2. Escalators
    3. Materials Handling

  10. Acoustics
    1. Acoustic Principles
    2. Acoustic Design
    3. Sound Absorption Within a Space
    4. Sound Transmission Between Spaces
    5. Acoustic Applications
    6. Electronic Sound Systems


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Building Systems for Interior Designers
by Corky Binggeli
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