The text's step-by-step presentation, familiarizes readers with standard construction practices involving wood, engineered materials, steel, and concrete as well as the latest green" concepts and alternative materials used in residential design. To keep learning as current as possible, updates throughout this edition reflect the latest standards, codes and guidelines, including the 2012 International Residential Code® and International Energy Conservation Code. Students concentrate on CAD techniques using the guidelines from the United States National CAD - Standard®--V5.
A new review of common math formulas used in construction, more on presentation drawings and additional coverage of heating/cooling, resisting wind and seismic loads further prepare readers for design success. Professional examples from architects, engineers, and designers as well as activities and problems using actual architectural drawings and designs help place readers in the role of a professional CAD technician."