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Ch 2: Building Systems & Construction

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Check out this chapter to learn more about building systems and construction. If you are stuck on a homework problem, you can find the help you need by using the chapter menu and going directly to the lesson topic most closely related to your homework assignment.

Building Systems & Construction - Chapter Summary

Systems help keep everything organized, and this chapter will discuss the purpose of building systems and construction. Explore aspects of building automation systems and learn about building materials that are considered environmentally friendly. This chapter has been carefully divided into shorter, more manageable lessons. The lessons might be short in duration, each ranging about 5-10 minutes in length, but each lesson is still packed with the most important definitions, keywords, concepts, and real-world examples. You can view the lessons in any order, and you can always go back to brush up on the details. By the time you finish this chapter, you'll be prepared to:

  • Describe building management systems
  • Identify the components of an integrated building management system
  • Define a building automation system
  • Explain trends in building management system architecture
  • Compare environmentally friendly building materials and other products
  • Point out the different parts of a conceptual architecture diagram

15 Lessons in Chapter 2: Building Systems & Construction
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What is a Building Management System?

1. What is a Building Management System?

Did you think that a custodian regulated the ventilation or the electrical system? Not anymore. Now, we have complicated systems to monitor all ventilation, power systems, lightning and security systems. Discover how Building Management Systems works for modern day buildings in this lesson.

What is an Integrated Building Management System?

2. What is an Integrated Building Management System?

Building management is becoming more important as businesses control costs, and increase efficiency. In this lesson, we'll take a look at building management systems, what they are, and what it means for them to be integrated.

What is a Building Automation System?

3. What is a Building Automation System?

Controlling costs and security are hot topics these days. Building automation systems have much to do with those topics. In this lesson, we'll take a look at this with respect to building automation.

Building Management System Architecture & Trends

4. Building Management System Architecture & Trends

With the need to increase profits and minimize the effects on the environment, building management has become a hot topic. In this lesson, we'll take a look at building management systems, their architecture, and some trends.

Environmentally Friendly Building Materials & Products

5. Environmentally Friendly Building Materials & Products

Being environmentally friendly is a hot topic these days. We'll take a look at this with respect to building materials in this lesson. At the end, you should have a good understanding of this relevant topic.

Conceptual Architecture Diagram: Definition & Examples

6. Conceptual Architecture Diagram: Definition & Examples

Computer system design is a difficult task, particularly with the ever-changing needs of today. In this lesson, we'll take a look at the conceptual architecture diagram, what it is, and some examples of how it is used.

Bridge Design: Types & Materials

7. Bridge Design: Types & Materials

Bridges connect roadways to make transportation simpler. The suspension bridge, arch bridge, and girder bridge are popular designs made from wood, steel, or concrete. In this lesson, we will learn about these bridges and their materials.

Balloon Framing: Definition, Architecture & Construction

8. Balloon Framing: Definition, Architecture & Construction

The three main types of wall framing systems are post and beam, balloon framing, and platform framing. This article will discuss balloon framing, its history, and the benefits and drawbacks of its use.

Ashlar Masonry: Definition, Art History & Types

9. Ashlar Masonry: Definition, Art History & Types

Have you ever tried to build something with stone? Was it strong? In this lesson, learn about types of ashlar masonry and its history of use in cultures around the world.

Rustication Masonry: Definition & Architecture

10. Rustication Masonry: Definition & Architecture

Sometimes, how structures are built and what they're made of is emphasized by surface decoration. In this lesson, learn about rustication masonry and explore its use in architecture.

Building Envelope: Definition, Types & Design

11. Building Envelope: Definition, Types & Design

How important is physical separation of the interior and exterior of a building? Important enough that human well-being depends on it. In this lesson, we'll define building envelope, establish materials used, and discover what drives the design.

Brise Soleil: Definition, Design & Examples

12. Brise Soleil: Definition, Design & Examples

How do you design a building that looks great and is still comfortable to be in once you're inside? In this lesson, we'll check out the brise soleil and see examples of how it's been used in architecture.

Double-Skin Façade System: Materials, Advantages & Examples

13. Double-Skin Façade System: Materials, Advantages & Examples

Double-Skin Facade system is a sustainable design solution. In this lesson, you will learn about the materials used in this system, its advantages, and some examples.

Dry Stone Construction: Walls, Arches & Houses

14. Dry Stone Construction: Walls, Arches & Houses

Can you build a curved arch out of nothing but stone? How would you do it? In this lesson, explore dry stone construction methods for structures like walls, arches, and houses.

Dry Stone Construction: Materials, Techniques & Benefits

15. Dry Stone Construction: Materials, Techniques & Benefits

Can you build a wall with nothing but stones? How long would it last? In this lesson, explore a method of building called dry stone construction and learn about some techniques and benefits.

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