Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods

Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods
Edward Allen
Joseph Iano

© 2015

This innovative new course solution engages students and focuses on the basic materials and methods used in building construction. It emphasises common construction systems such as light wood frame, masonry bearing wall, steel frame, and reinforced concrete construction, the new edition includes new information on building materials properties, the latest on “pre-engineered” building components, sustainability issues, and the latest building codes and standards.

WileyPLUS allows students to learn, collaborate, and grow. This digital only version of Fundamentals of Building Construction, gives students and instructors access to a restructured digital text that features interactive content, videos, assignments, and social networking tools that enable interaction with instructors and encourage discussion between students.


  • Interactive SketchUp exercises tied to key concepts allow students to learn through 3D model creation 
  • Animations exploring complex construction processes, including wood light frame construction, brick veneer, and masonry wall construction, all designed to demonstrate sequencing and other concepts
  • Interactive drag and drop exercises reinforce key terms and concepts
  • Supplementary image bank shows examples of construction operations
  • Discussion questions foster class participation
  • Instructor’s Resource Tab, Solutions to SketchUp Exercises, Solutions to Exercises in Building Construction, and PowerPoint lecture slides all available in the Instructor’s Resource Tab
  • BONUS CONTENT: Class exercises and assignments from Exercises in Building Construction, Sixth Edition workbook fully integrated into the Instructor’s grade book.

Topics covered

Foundations and Siteworks

Concrete Construction
Sitecast Concrete Framing Systems
Precast Concrete Framing Systems

Steel Frame Construction
Light Guage Steel Frame Construction

Heavy Timber Frame Construction
Wood Light Frame Construction

Brick Masonry
Stone and Concrete Masonry
Masonry Wall Construction


Exterior Finishes for Wood Light
Frame Construction
Designing Exterior Wall Systems

Cladding with Masonry and Concrete
Cladding with Metal and Glass

Glass and Glazing
Windows and Doors

Selecting Interior Finishes
Interior Walls and Partitions

Interior Finishes for Wood Light Frame Construction
Finish Ceilings and Floors