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Concrete Systems for Homes and Low-Rise Construction: A Portland Cement Association's Guide for Homes and Lo-Rise Buildings / Edition 1

Concrete Systems for Homes and Low-Rise Construction: A Portland Cement Association's Guide for Homes and Lo-Rise Buildings / Edition 1


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Fast gaining on more traditional homebuilding materials, concrete systems save builders time, money, and headaches. Offering durability, cost savings, energy efficiency, and eye-pleasing aesthetics, concrete systems now account for large shares of the walls, floors, roofs, finishes, and landscape products in small buildings in the United States.

But are concrete systems right for you and your construction crew? And if so, which ones? This is the place to find out. Written by experts from the Portland Cement Association, Concrete Systems for Homes & Low-Rise Constructionprovides expert, straightforward answers on concrete systems. Open these pages for everything you want to know about availability of products, evaluating concrete systems for homes and low-rise buildings, requirements for application, managing projects, and much more. Based on case histories, field research, and hands-on-the-hammer experience, and with more than 325 photos and illustrations, this one-stop resource shows and tells what you want to know. It's a huge time and money saver!

For each new concrete system for residences, you'll find:

  • Properties and advantages
  • Logistics of construction
  • Connections to other concrete systems
  • Materials and labor costs of installation
  • Code and regulatory issues
  • Technical and testing information
  • Sources of additional information

Why Concrete? * What's Available? * Wall Systems * Floor and Roof Systems * Interior Decorative Applications * Exterior Finish Products * Landscape Products

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780071452366
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date: 09/23/2005
Pages: 425
Sales rank: 1,099,175
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.44(d)

About the Author

Pieter A.VanderWerf, Ph.D., has been researching concrete construction systems for eleven years, with an emphasis on systems used to construct homes and small buildings. He is lead author on the original Concrete Homebuilding Systems, and three later books on insulating concrete forms. He has written several articles on concrete wall and floor systems, and writes a regular column for Permanent Buildings and Foundations, a trade periodical covering small concrete buildings. He is the designer of several concrete products and systems for small buildings and consults regularly to manufacturers in the field. He received his Ph.D. in management of technological innovation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Ivan S. Panushev has researched concrete building systems and materials for six years. He has learned details of concrete construction first-hand by laboring on job sites. Among other projects, he headed a year-long study to establish guidelines for connections of steel subassemblies to concrete structural walls in small buildings. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the National Society of Professional Engineers. He holds a bachelors degree in mechanical engineering and materials science and a masters degree in design technology and management, both from Harvard University.

Mark Nicholson is an experienced finish carpenter, cabinet and furniture maker, and ceramics designer. He has worked for several years on conventional construction projects. He has recently attended formal training in the construction of concrete homes and worked on a crew that built two houses. He holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from Alfred University.

Daniel Kokonowski has researched a wide range of concrete products and systems for over two years. He has received training and worked on crews for tilt-up, concrete masonry, and various other types of building construction. He is an accomplished graphic designer and is currently enrolled in the architecture program at the Boston Architectural Center.

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