Designing the Exterior Wall
Designing the Exterior Wall is a must-have book, whether you're an architect or a student. Order your copy today. LINDA BROCK, a registered architect in the United States and Canada, is an associate professor directing the building technology program in the School of Architecture at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. She has given seminars on building envelope design and has conducted investigations of fa?ade failures for more than two decades. Her professional work and research has dealt with masonry, stucco and EIFS, 'breathable' walls, energy efficiency, adhered brick systems, and Japanese housing models.
Designing the Exterior Wall
Using this Book
Architectural design merges function with durability, aesthetics with affordability. This book defines the parameters for designing the exterior wall of the building envelope so that it is functional and durable while meeting aesthetic intentions and budget constraints. It is organized into thee parts - "Choosing the Components,""Detailing for Durability," and "Advancing the Envelope" - and appendices. What is covered in these is briefly outlined here. Addressed as well are: the areas not covered by this book; how to use this book at the beginning of a project; how to detail a specific cladding; and how to use this book over the long term. Terms used, disclaimers, and a list of sources for further information are also provided.
PART I: CHOOSING THE COMPONENTS
This section includes:
Discussion of the decisions made at the beginning of a project and during the preliminary design phase ( Chapter 1 )
Basic information for understanding building science to make informed choices about envelope design ( Chapters 2 through 4 )
Specific information about the selection and placement of barriers and retarders to:
Stop water ( Chapter 2 )
Stop air movement, retard vapor diffusion, and control thermal transfer through the wall. ( Chapter 3 )
Specific information about designing joints to accommodate differential movement ( Chapter 4 )
Checklists at the end of chapters 1 and 4 guide architects to the right choices when designing the exterior wall for a given climate, construction type, aesthetic, budget, and expected performance. "Quick notes" summarize the chapter or section information. After reading Part I , architects should be able to determine the components of the exterior wall and their placement.
PART II: DETAILING FOR DURABILITY
Four types of cladding are detailed, each showing a specific construction type and using a particular method for managing water in a specific climate:
Wall Type A: Brick veneer anchored to steel-stud backup walls (ABV/SS) on a concrete frame for a mid-rise building of 4 to 20 stories in a heating climate with a drainage cavity wall ( Chapter 6 )
Wall Type B: Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) on a concrete masonry wall in a cooling climate with an internal drainage plane wall ( Chapter 7 )
Wall Type C: Three-coat stucco on a wood-frame wall in a mixed climate with an internal drainage plane wall ( Chapter 8 )
Wall Type D: Fiber-cement board siding on a wood-frame wall in a mixed climate with a drainage cavity wall ( Chapter 8 )
General information is given on aluminum glass curtain walls, stone- and metalpanel curtain walls, and precast concrete panels ( Chapter 5 ) and also concrete masonry ( Chapter 7 ) and sidings ( Chapter 8 ).
Case studies include look at an anchored brick veneer (ABV) recladding project, the use of prefabricated EIFS panels on a high-rise building, open-joint calcium silicate panels on a school, and medium-density overlay (MDO) plywood panels and cedar siding on a college building.
PART III: ADVANCING THE ENVELOPE
These three chapters discuss durability and cladding, the architect's design kit, and sustainability through long-lasting walls. Specific information is included on:
Terra-cotta cladding ( Chapter 9 )
Marble cladding and its problems ( Chapter 9 )
Brick veneer and its problems ( Chapter 9 )
Glass curtain walls ( Chapter 10 )
Digital metal skins ( Chapter 10 )
Thin brick cast in concrete ( Chapter 10 )
Double-skin facades ( Chapter 10 )
Wood framing adapted for different climates and cultures ( Chapter 11 ) APPENDICES