Construction Materials, Methods, and Techniques. 5th Edition

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Construction Materials, Methods, and Techniques: Building for a Sustainable Future. 5th Edition by Eva Kultermann

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This book is designed to support introductory courses on construction materials and methods, construction management, and professional programs in architecture at two-year and four-year universities. The text follows the logical progression of the construction sequence, with reference to the 2020 edition of the MasterFormat, developed by the Construction Specifications Institute and Construction Specifications Canada. Students are able to develop a foundation of knowledge pertaining to individual construction components and details, their performance requirements, process of manufacture and assembly, and systematic organization into various building assemblies. The text also gives insight into current best practices in the construction industry.


This fifth edition of Construction Materials, Methods, and Techniques has been revised to integrate the latest advances in materials science, and construction methods and techniques. This revision continues to assimilate sustainable construction innovations holistically into the larger construction context. Sustainable, or high-performance, construction seeks to mitigate the negative impacts of inefficient construction practices by promoting strategies that will conserve natural resources, advance energy and resource efficiency, deal responsibly with waste, and create healthy environments.

Sustainable construction is no longer a unique means of building, but rather an integral part of how the industry is being revolutionized. Cutting-edge building materials, systems, and construction practices have been added to the existing knowledge in each chapter. Types of materials, environmentally friendly options, and rating and certification systems are explored, as well as industry trends. This book has been thoroughly updated and revised to remain current with industry technologies and standards:

- The U.S. Green Building Council and LEED V.4.1 rating system

- Effective construction planning for efficient material use

- Environmentally friendly building materials with emphasis on recycled content and materials that promote manufacturer, contractor, and occupant health

- Energy-efficient environmental systems

- Sustainable construction operations and practices

- New organizations and resources actively providing metrics and research



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