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2012 International Building Code

2012 International Building Code Lowest new price: $83.25
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Author: International Code Council

Featuring time-tested safety concepts and the very latest industry standards in material design, the 2012 INTERNATIONAL BUILDING CODE SOFT COVER version offers up-to-date, comprehensive insight into the regulations surrounding the design and installation of building systems. It provides valuable structural, fire-, and life- safety provisions that cover means of egress, interior finish requirements, roofs, seismic engineering, innovative construction technology, and occupancy classifications for all types of buildings except those which are detached one and two family homes and townhouses not more than 3 stories high. The content in this code book is developed in the context of the broad-based principles that facilitate the use of new materials and building designs, making this an essential reference guide for anyone seeking a strong working knowledge of building systems. Check out our app, DEWALT Mobile Pro™. This free app is a construction calculator with integrated reference materials and access to hundreds of additional calculations as add-ons. To learn more, visit dewalt.com/mobilepro.


New in the 2012 IBC®

Key changes include:

Nonstructural

  • All definitions are included in Chapter 2.
  • Classifications for a variety of health-care related facilities have been clarified.
  • Covered- and open-mall provisions revised to fully address the construction of open malls.
  • Clarified provisions for incidental-use rooms and spaces.
  • Modified provisions addressing exterior wall projections.
  • Reformatted requirements for protection of vertical openings through floors.
  • Automatic sprinkler systems required where furniture and mattresses are manufactured or stored.
  • Increased capacity for stairways and other egress components in buildings with sprinklers and an emergency communication system.
  • Clarification of when unenclosed stairways can be used as a part of the means of egress system, including how travel distance is measured.
  • In three- and four-exit buildings, some exits are now permitted to serve a portion of a story rather than an entire story.

Structural

  • Wind design requirements extensively revised.
  • Wind load maps are now based on ultimate design wind speeds.
  • New terminology for wind speeds.
  • Updated seismic ground motion maps.
  • The term "occupancy category" changed to "risk category."
  • Special inspection requirements for structural steel and masonry construction are now based on referenced standards.
  • Penetration firestop and fire-resistant joint systems in high-rise buildings and in Risk Category III or IV structures require special inspection.
  • Modifications to the seismic provisions of ACI 318 Appendix D.

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2012 International Residential Code for One- and Two- Family Dwellings

2012 International Residential Code for One- and Two- Family Dwellings Lowest new price: $79.95
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Author: International Code Council
Brand: Brand: ICC (distributed by Cengage Learning)

This comprehensive code for homebuilding combines building, plumbing, mechanical, fuel gas, energy, and electrical provisions into a single resource. The 2012 International Residential Code For One- and Two- Family Dwellings Softbound Version uses these provisions to provide detailed insight into the construction of one- and two-family dwellings and townhouses up to three stories high. Using foundational principles that facilitate the use of new materials and building designs to guide the content, this reference guide also establishes minimum regulations using prescriptive provisions. Check out our app, DEWALT Mobile Pro™. This free app is a construction calculator with integrated reference materials and access to hundreds of additional calculations as add-ons. To learn more, visit dewalt.com/mobilepro.


New in the 2012 IRC®

Key changes include:

  • New Seismic Design Categories maps.

  • Wind design including new maps.

  • Exterior wall clearances to lot lines.

  • Wireless smoke alarms.

  • Prescriptive roof connections to resist wind uplift forces.

  • Required clearance between townhouse separation walls and roof penetrations.

  • Prescriptive requirements for isolated masonry pier foundations.

  • Gypsum board under non fire-resistance rated floor assemblies.

  • Wall bracing provisions including a new simplified method.

  • Prescriptive design of whole-house ventilation systems.

  • Gray water recycling systems.

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  • Used Book in Good Condition

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RSMeans Building Construction Cost Data 2014

RSMeans Building Construction Cost Data 2014 Lowest new price: $109.65
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Author: RSMeans Engineering Staff

The Building Construction Cost Data 2014 Get the confidence and know-how you need to deliver more accurate cost estimates and improve profitability
The 72nd edition of this bestselling cost guide has been updated and expanded to provide you with the information you need to: Estimate projects with confidence and accuracy. Improve project planning and budgeting.Reduce risk.

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Domino: The Book of Decorating: A Room-by-Room Guide to Creating a Home That Makes You Happy

Domino: The Book of Decorating: A Room-by-Room Guide to Creating a Home That Makes You Happy Lowest new price: $15.00
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Brand: Simon & Schuster

Domino: The Book of Decorating cracks the code to creating a beautiful home, bringing together inspiring rooms, how-to advice and insiders' secrets from today's premier tastemakers in an indispensable style manual. The editors take readers room by room, tapping the best ideas from domino magazine and culling insights from their own experiences. With an eye to making design accessible and exciting, this book demystifies the decorating process and provides the tools for making spaces that are personal, functional and fabulous.

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Renovation 4th Edition: Completely Revised and Updated

Renovation 4th Edition: Completely Revised and Updated Lowest new price: $31.54
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Author: Michael Litchfield

When it comes to home renovation, there’s no substitute for experience.
 
Renovation 4th Edition contains the collective wisdom of hundreds of contractors, architects and tradespeople who shared their first-hand experience with Mike Litchfield as he interviewed and photographed them on job sites across North America.
 
As a founding editor of Fine Homebuilding magazine, the author of 12 acclaimed books, and a home renovator himself, Litchfield was able to record lifetimes of practical, field-tested solutions and trade secrets from the cream of the crop--the pros that other pros admire.
 
Both first-time renovators and professionals who want to supplement their knowledge of specific trades will find Renovation 4th Edition invaluable. R4 reflects the new realities of planning carefully, spending wisely, maximizing space and building durably. Its 614 pages contain extensively revised chapters on planning; doors, windows and skylights; electrical wiring; and energy conservation. Its illustrations are crisp and informative. And its 1000+ photos were selected from more than 40,000 that the author has taken over the years.
 
This classic work covers renovation from start to finish surfaces. Best of all, R4 is written in a down-to-earth conversational style that is clear and easy to understand. Litchfield has a sharp wit and a dry sense of humor that makes this book not only useful, but great fun to read.

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Be in a Treehouse: Design / Construction / Inspiration

Be in a Treehouse: Design / Construction / Inspiration Lowest new price: $22.80
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Author: Pete Nelson

Pete Nelson, the world’s best-known treehouse designer and builder, wants to put readers in trees—his motto is, “get ’er done, so you can BE in a TREE.” His new book is a comprehensive source of inspiration and practical information about treehouse design and construction. To that end, he shares the basics of treehouse construction with his own recent projects as case studies. Using photographs taken especially for this project along with diagrams, he covers the selection and care of trees, and explains the fundamentals of building treehouse platforms. To ignite the imagination, Nelson presents 27 treehouses in the United States, Europe, and Africa. The book will be indispensible to anyone who aspires to have a treehouse, from the armchair dreamer, to the amateur builder, to the professional contractor.

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2012 International Plumbing Code (Includes International Private Sewage Disposal Code)

2012 International Plumbing Code (Includes International Private Sewage Disposal Code) Lowest new price: $65.93
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Author: International Code Council

With an emphasis on design and installation for optimum performance, the 2012 INTERNATIONAL PLUMBING CODE SOFTBOUND VERSION sets forth established requirements for plumbing systems. This important reference guide includes provisions for fixtures, piping, fittings, and devices, as well as design and installation methods for water supply, sanitary drainage, and storm drainage. The 2012 edition of the code includes the 2012 INTERNATIONAL PRIVATE SEWAGE DISPOSAL CODE, a companion guide that offers additional provisions for the design, installation, and inspection of private sewage disposal systems. Using both prescriptive- and performance-related specifications, this code provides comprehensive minimum regulations for a variety of plumbing facilities, facilitating the design and acceptance of new and innovative products, materials, and systems. Check out our app, DEWALT Mobile Pro™. This free app is a construction calculator with integrated reference materials and access to hundreds of additional calculations as add-ons. To learn more, visit dewalt.com/mobilepro.


New in the 2012 IPC®

Key changes include:

  • Requirements for the design of a Siphonic Roof Drainage System have been added.

  • Gray water recycling requirements have moved to the body of the code in a new Chapter 13.

  • "Hydro-mechanical" and "Gravity" are the new terms for the two general types of grease interceptors.

  • Air admittance valves complying with standard ASSE 1049 are now allowed for venting chemical waste systems.

  • The length of a combination waste and vent system is now unlimited.

  • The Single Stack Vent System method has been added.

  • The code expands on suitable materials for pressurized sewage discharge applications and ratings.

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The Works: Anatomy of a City

The Works: Anatomy of a City Lowest new price: $9.99
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Author: Kate Ascher

Read Kate Ascher's posts on the Penguin Blog.

A fascinating guided tour of the ways things work in a modern city

Have you ever wondered how the water in your faucet gets there? Where your garbage goes? What the pipes under city streets do? How bananas from Ecuador get to your local market? Why radiators in apartment buildings clang? Using New York City as its point of reference, The Works takes readers down manholes and behind the scenes to explain exactly how an urban infrastructure operates. Deftly weaving text and graphics, author Kate Ascher explores the systems that manage water, traffic, sewage and garbage, subways, electricity, mail, and much more. Full of fascinating facts and anecdotes, The Works gives readers a unique glimpse at what lies behind and beneath urban life in the twenty-first century.

Kate Ascher could not have chosen a much drier topic for a book than water mains, parking meters, railroad classification yards, and the other doodads of city infrastructure. But in Ascher's captivating book, The Works, the innards of New York City come alive. Wonderfully illustrated, the book combines text, maps, and other graphics to tell the story of the systems that keep America's greatest city running smoothly. How are traffic lights coordinated? How do potholes form and which areas have streets with the best "smoothness score"? How is mail processed? What happens when you flush the toilet? Ascher, who has a PhD in government from the London School of Economics and is now executive vice president of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, dissects the colorful workings of all these systems and much more.

The Works contains a section on pretty much every aspect of the Big Apple's infrastructure. You'll learn the mystery of the shiny silver tanks that have become a familiar sight on New York streets. (They prevent moisture from damaging underground phone lines.) Ascher explains how the city's 23 million daily pieces of mail are processed. We also learn about the 27-mile underground pneumatic mail tube that used to carry canisters with 500 letters up to 30 miles per hour around Manhattan. Also interesting: the story of the nine-foot-long, 800-pound robot submarine that city engineers send to probe leaks in the Delaware Aqueduct--which, it might interest you to know, is the world's longest continuous underground tunnel. And you'll find out all about Colonel Waring and his "White Wings." A great coffee table book for New York lovers or anyone with a curiosity bone. --Alex Roslin

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2009 International Residential Code For One-and-Two Family Dwellings: Soft Cover Version

2009 International Residential Code For One-and-Two Family Dwellings: Soft Cover Version Lowest new price: $80.00
Lowest used price: $67.97
List price: $114.00
Author: International Code Council
Brand: Brand: ICC (distributed by Cengage Learning)

This comprehensive code for homebuilding combines building, plumbing, mechanical, fuel gas, energy, and electrical provisions into a single resource. The 2009 International Residential Code For One- and Two- Family Dwellings uses these provisions to provide detailed insight into the construction of one- and two-family dwellings and townhouses up to three stories high. Using foundational principles that facilitate the use of new materials and building designs to guide the content, this reference guide also establishes minimum regulations using prescriptive provisions.

Features:

  • Used Book in Good Condition

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Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter

Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter Lowest new price: $15.78
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Author: Lloyd Kahn
Brand: Perseus

There's a grassroots movement in tiny homes these days. The real estate collapse, the economic downturn, burning out on 12-hour workdays -- many people are rethinking their ideas about shelter -- seeking an alternative to high rents, or a lifelong mortgage debt to a bank on an overpriced home.

In this book are some 150 builders who have taken things into their own hands, creating tiny homes (under 500 sq. ft.). Homes on land, homes on wheels, homes on the road, homes on water, even homes in the trees. There are also studios, saunas, garden sheds, and greenhouses.

There are 1,300 photos, showing a rich variety of small homemade shelters, and there are stories (and thoughts and inspirations) of the owner-builders who are on the forefront of this new trend in downsizing and self-sufficiency.

At the heart of our 1973 book Shelter were drawings of 5 small buildings, which we recommended as a starting point in providing one's own home. Now, almost 40 years later, there's a growing tiny house movement all over the world -- which we've been tracking over the past two years.

Many people have decided to scale back, to get by with less stuff, to live in smaller homes. You can buy a   ready-made tiny home, build your own, get a kit or pre-fab, or live in a bus, houseboat, or other movable shelter. Some cities have special ordinances for building "inlaw" or "granny flats" in the back yard. There are innovative solutions in cities, such as the "capsules" in Tokyo. There are numerous blogs and websites with news, photos, and/or plans for tiny homes, documented here.

If you're thinking of scaling back, you'll find plenty of inspiration here. Here's a different approach, a 180º turn from increasing consumption. Here are builders, designers, architects (no less), dreamers, artists, road gypsies, and water dwellers who've achieved a measure of freedom and independence by taking shelter into their own hands.

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