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
R.L. Quirouette, “Glass and Metal Curtain Wall Systems.” NRC, 1982. (online brochure)
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
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);
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
Concrete and Masonry:
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.”
Keeping bulk water away:
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)
FEMA Coastal Construction Manual 2003
Heat and Moisture:
Humidity Control Design Guide for Commercial and Institutional Buildings by Lew Harriman, Brundrett, and Kittler,
Builder’s Guide to Hot-Humid Climates. Joseph Lstiburek
The ASHRAE Guide for Buildings in Hot and Humid Climates. Lewis Harriman, Joseph Lstiburek
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 (www.civil.uwaterloo.ca/beg/Publications.htm), along with John Straube’s www.balancedsolutions.com. (Oops, it turns out that www.balancedsolutions.com ceased to exist since this post written in 2004). Try John-and-Joe’s main page instead: http://www.buildingscience.com/index_html. 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 irc.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca. 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.