Suggested literature

My visitors are always surprised by tons of books and folders on my bookshelves.  It took me many years to collect my library of facade engineering books and publications, and since I consider it an indispensable tool, I would like to share some of it here, for your benefit.

Glass and Glazing

Glass Construction Manual ISBN 3764360771 (Birkhauser, 1999); by Christian Schittich,Gerald Staib, Dieter Balkow,Matthias Schuler, Werner Sobek

R.L. Quirouette, “Glass and Metal Curtain Wall Systems.” NRC, 1982. (online brochure)

Glass in Architecture  ISBN 0714829226 by Michael Wigginton

Falling Glass ISBN 3764367121 by Patrick Loughran

Glass in Structures: Elements, Concepts, Designs ISBN 3764364394 by Rob Nijsse,Mvrdv

American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s (AAMA’s) Aluminum Curtain Wall Design Guide Manual;

Glass Association of North America’s (GANA’s) Glazing Manual;

Joseph S. Amstock’s Glass in Construction (McGraw-Hill, 1997); and

Rick Quirouette’s Glass and Aluminum Curtain Wall Systems (Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp [CMHC]).


General or specific without a separate category:

Thomas Herzog, “Facade Construction Manual.” Birkhauser, 2004.

Envelope Design for Buildings ISBN 0750628545  by William Allen

Cladding of Buildings ISBN 0419221700 by Alan Brookes

Double-Skin Facades : Integrated Planning ISBN 3791325043 by Eberhard Oesterle

In Detail: Building Skins : Concepts, Layers, Materials ISBN 3764364653 by Christian Schittich

J.K. Latta, “Inaccuracies In Construction.” CBD-171 National Research Council of Canada, 1975

Brick Institute of America (BIA): “Technical Notes on Brick Construction.” Volume 18, “Changes – Analysis and Effects of Movement.”

David Kent Ballast: “Handbook of Construction Tolerances.” McGraw-Hill, 2007

Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, “Cladding.” McGraw-Hill, 1992

Joseph Lstiburek and John Carmody’s Moisture Control Handbook: Principles and Practices for Residential and Small Commercial Buildings (John Wiley & Sons, 1994)

ASHRAE Handbook of Fundamentals (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers, 2005);

Alan Brookes’ Cladding of Buildings (E&FN Spon, 1998);

Rob Kistler and Tom Kearns, “Facade Doctors”   January 2002

W.G. Plewes,.  “Cladding Problems Due to Frame Movements”, CBD-125, National Research Council of Canada, 1970

Kevin C. Cole, “Aluminum Cladding on Multistory Steel Frames.” Modern Steel Construction, May 1997

ASCE 7-latest – Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures

Timber Construction Manual ISBN 3764370254 by Thomas Herzog, Julius Natterer, Roland Schweitzer, Michael Volz, Wolfgang Winter

Steel Construction Manual ISBN 3764361816 by Helmut C. Schulitz, Werner Sobek, Karl J. Habermann


Concrete and Masonry:

Masonry Construction Manual ISBN 3764365439 by Gunter Pfeifer, Rolf Ramcke, Joachim Achtziger, Konrad Zilch, Martin Schatz

Friedbert Kind-Barkauskas’s et al’s Concrete Construction Manual (Birkhauser, 2002);

Gunter Pfeifer et al’s Masonry Construction Manual (Birkhauser, 2001);

American Concrete Institute (ACI 533), “Guide to Precast Concrete Wall Panels.”

American Concrete Institute  (ACI 530/ASCE 5/TMS 402) “The Building Code Requirements for Masonry Structures.”

American Concrete Institute, “Standard Specifications for Tolerances for Concrete Construction and Materials.”

Concrete Repair and Maintenance Illustrated ISBN 0876292864 by Peter H. Emmons, Brandon W. Emmons

Keeping bulk water away:

Construction Waterproofing Handbook ISBN 0071351620 by Michael T. Kubal 

Waterproofing the Building Envelope ISBN 0070358591 by Michael T. Kubal 

(If you plan to buy both books of M.T. Kubal, save some money and buy Construction Waterproofing Handbook only – there is much repetition)

Manual of Low-Slope Roof Systems ISBN 0070247846 by C. W. Griffin, Richard Fricklas

FEMA Coastal Construction Manual 2003

Heat and Moisture:

Humidity Control Design Guide for Commercial and Institutional Buildings by Lew Harriman, Brundrett, and Kittler,

The Ashrae Guide for Buildings in Hot and Humid Climates  by Lew Harriman

Builder’s Guide to Hot-Humid Climates. Joseph Lstiburek

The ASHRAE Guide for Buildings in Hot and Humid Climates. Lewis Harriman, Joseph Lstiburek

Sun, Wind, and Light: Architectural Design Strategies , ISBN 0471820636 by G. Z. BrownV. Cartwright

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers, “Applications Handbook” Chapter 42 “Building Envelopes.”

the monthly English edition of magazine titled Detail (Institut fuer Internationale Architecktur-Dokumentation GmbH&Co).

Of course, additional worthwhile reading materials are available free of charge via the Internet. Visit the Web page of Canada’s University of Waterloo (, along with John Straube’s  (Oops, it turns out that ceased to exist since this post written in 2004). Try John-and-Joe’s main page instead: Another rich library of free scientific articles is also available at the Web page of the National Research Council of Canada’s Institute of Research in Construction at See our link sections and look for exterior links.

Thank you for your enthusiastic feedback.

This post was hidden deep in the maze of my old website, and my re-posting it on Christmas 2012 allowed many of you discover it for the very first time. Two comments:

1) The list above is a small fraction of my library, but I simply don’t have time to list the reminder of it. If you want to encourage me, please kindly post comments below.

2) Please kindly feel free to suggest more sources.