The sixth edition of the Building Design and Construction Handbook maintains the

original objectives of previous editions which gained widespread acceptance among

users. These objectives are to provide in a single volume a compendium of the best
of the current knowledge and practices in building design and construction.
This information would be of greatest use to those who have to make decisions
affecting the selection of engineering materials and construction methods. Emphasis
is placed on fundamental principles and practical applications, with special attention
to simplified procedures. Frequent reference is made to other sources where additional
authoritative information may be obtained, such as architectural and engineering
societies, manufacturers associations, and the Internet. An extensive index
is provided to assist the reader in locating topics within the book.

Many new contributors and sections have been added in this edition to provide
the reader with the latest developments and knowledge in the building industry.
These developments include the expansion of data technology and communication
systems within the building system, revisions to wind and seismic loadings, and an
expansion of the information on fire sprinkler systems. To present the necessary
information in a single volume, obsolete and less-important information in the earlier
editions has been deleted.
The editor is very grateful to the contributors, not only for their care, skill, and
knowledge used in preparing the sections, but also for their considerable sacrifices
of personal time to prepare the sections.

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