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Architecture Resources: Building Materials, Codes and Standards

Building Codes--Handbooks and Manuals

Cost Estimating - Handbooks & Manuals

The following are basic guides to cost estimating in architecture/construction. Many of these guides include a section on cost fluctuations by region and major cities.

Illustration & Drawing Guides

Professional Practice

Technical Handbooks & Standards

Specifications, Trade, and Product Literature

See ENVI guide: Sustainable Design Resources

  • Meier, Hans W. Construction specifications handbook. 3rd ed. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice Hall, 1983.
  • Reznikoff, S. C. Specifications for commercial interiors. Rev. ed. New York: Whitney Library of Design, 1989. Guide to commercial specifications. Covers regulations, and the format and content of specifications.
  • Sourcebook for sustainable design : a guide to environmentally responsible building materials and processes, by Andrew St.John. Boston MA:Architects for Social Responsibility, [1992].
  • Sweets catalog file. New York: McGraw Hill. Published Annually. Library has current year only. Products for general building and renovation consists of "cut sheets" for building materials issued by various product manufacturers. Vol. 1 contains info on how to use; conversion tables; CSI format outline; list of firms included; and list of construction industry associations and organizations, with addresses and websites. Each volume contains an alphabetical products index and an index by name of firm. A Desktop index to the set provides an index to manufacturers, firms, products and trade names, plus key words and data filing format. Other series: Contract interiors; Industrial construction and renovation; Industrial construction & renovation. See also SweetSource, a CD-ROM database of product specifications, technical data and CAD drawings. Library has a few older volumes in storage.
  • Thomas Register of American manufacturers. New York, Thomas Pub. Co.Annual.