Architectural Graphic Standards 12th Edition

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The 'Architect's Bible' since 1932, updated with the latest codes and standards

Architectural Graphic Standards is the written authority for architects, designers, and building contractors. It provides comprehensive guidance on the visual representation of materials, products, systems, and assemblies. Updated to reflect the most current codes and standards, this new 12th edition features over 300 new drawings, tables, and designs and twenty-five percent new content. In response to architects' feedback and overwhelming demand for a more graphics-heavy format, this edition employs shorter, more accessible texts and more images of the standards and evolution of design and construction. New coverage includes building resiliency and the building envelope, expert discussion on the fundamentals of design and construction documentation, and new examination of environmental factors and material properties and performance. Sustainable Design is no longer separated, but incorporated throughout, and extensive appendices keep useful data right at your fingertips.

Graphic standards are essential to building design. They cover everything from door frames and roof designs to air ducts and outdoor sports facilities. This meticulous resource provides a compendium of planning standards, optimum dimensions, and normative construction details. The book is organized into three core sections covering: design and documentation, materials, and building elements.

Architectural Graphic Standards features:

  • Key architectural design and production processes—functional planning, environmental assessment, building resiliency, and architectural construction documentation
  • Thorough coverage of materials: concrete, masonry, metals, wood, plastics, composites, and glass
  • An exhaustive survey of building elements—substructures, shells, services, equipment, furnishings, special structures, and siteworks
  • Comprehensive appendixes filled with pertinent data such as: classic architectural elements, mathematical data, and structural calculations

Endorsed by the American Institute of Architects, this book has an enduring and unsurpassed reputation for high-quality illustration, text, and graphic design. For crucial information in a user-friendly format, Architectural Graphic Standards is the go-to reference on building design and construction.


A Note from the Publisher xiii

A Note from the AIA xiv

Architects’ Tributes to Architectural Graphic Standards xv

Introduction xviii

Section 1: Design Principles & Construction Documentation 1

Chapter 1 Functional Planning 3

Human Factors 4

Universal and Accessible Design 19

Chapter 2 Environment 73

Environmental Factors 74

Solar Path and Solar Angle 79

Climate Zone 86

Thermal Comfort 90

Daylighting 92

Acoustics 95

Chapter 3 Building Resiliency 107

Overview 108

Components of Building Resilience 109

Hazard-Specific Building-Resilience Considerations 113

Maintainability 114

Safety 115

Security 122

Security Planning and Design: Continuing Education 127

Sustainability 128

Good Practices in Resilience-Based Architectural Designs 130

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design 136

Lifecycle Considerations in Resilience-Based Designs 139

Chapter Appendices 140

Chapter 4 Architectural Construction Documentation 141

Drawings 142

Construction Specifications 146

Building Information Modeling (BIM) 151

Procurement Documents 160

Section 2: Materials 161

Chapter 5 Concrete 163

Concrete Forming and Accessories 164

Concrete Reinforcing 170

Typical Components Applicable to Concrete Work 175

Chapter 6 Masonry 181

Typical Components Applicable to Masonry Work 182

Glass Unit Masonry 185

Stone Assemblies 187

Masonry Mortaring and Grouting 191

Masonry Anchorage, Reinforcing, and Accessories 194

Installation Guidelines and Construction Tolerances 199

Chapter 7 Metals 209

Common Characteristics, Standards, and Practices 210

Typical Metal Products Incorporated into Applicable Work Results 216

Decorative Metal 224

Installation Guidelines and Construction Tolerances 228

Chapter 8 Wood, Plastics, and Composites 233

Common Characteristics, Standards, and Practices 234

Wood Classification 236

Wood Treatment 236

Typical Wood, Plastic, and Composite Products Incorporated into Applicable Work Results 240

Installation Guidelines and Construction Tolerances 252

Chapter 9 Glass 259

Common Characteristics, Standards, and Practices 260

Section 3: Building Elements 271

Chapter 10 Element A: Substructure 273

Soils and Soils Explorations 274

Foundations 283

Cast-in-Place Concrete Slab 298

Crawl Space Construction 303

Basement Construction 304

Chapter 11 Element B: Shell 313

Design Considerations 314

Sustainability and Energy 320

Floor Assemblies 322

Roof Assemblies 326

Superstructure 329

Exterior Vertical Enclosures 387

Exterior Horizontal Enclosures 468

Chapter 12 Element C: Interiors 527

Interior Construction 528

Chapter 13 Element D: Services 641

Conveying 642

Other Conveying Equipment 655

Plumbing 659

Heating, Ventilating, and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) 691

Design Considerations 691

Heating/Cooling Source Components 699

HVAC Distribution Arrangements and Components 711

HVAC Delivery Components 722

HVAC Control Systems 725

Fire Protection 732

Electrical 744

Communications 767

Chapter 14 Element E: Equipment and Furnishings 779

Equipment 780

Furnishings 836

Chapter 15 Element F: Special Construction 877

Design Considerations of Integrated Construction 878

Building Modules 878

Manufactured—Fabricated Rooms 881

Special Structures 890

Manufactured Engineered Structures 893

Special Function Construction 898

Special Facilities Components 908

Athletic and Recreation Special Construction 919

Chapter 16 Element G: Sitework 923

Site Earthwork 924

Runoff Control Systems 925

Water Management 930

Basement Excavation 931

Site Grading 936

Site Improvements 938

Parking Lots 942

Porous Pavements 946

Pedestrian Paving 950

Exterior Stairs and Ramps 953

Athletic and Recreational Areas 955

Site Development 966

Landscaping 981

Selecting Plants for Rooftop Planting 991

Site Civil Utilities 993

Porous Paving Systems 995

Storm Drainage Grates 997

Manholes, Inlets, and Catch Basins 999

Site Electrical Utilities 1001

Appendices 1005

A Classical Architectural Elements 1007

B Mathematical Data 1019

C Structural Calculations 1025

Index 1029

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