Building Systems: Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Fire Safety & Communication Systems, Lighting & Acoustics
Author: Wendell C. Edwards
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About the Author
Wendell Edwards is an Associate Professor of Architecture at New York City College of Technology, in Brooklyn, New York. He received a B’ Arch Degree from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York and a Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University in New York. He holds a PhD in an unrelated field. He is a practicing registered Architect in New York State and South Carolina. He has been the project Architect at HKA, Inc., for various projects that involved intricate mechanical and electrical systems such as Madison Square Garden Networks in New York, USA Networks in New Jersey, National Basketball Association in New Jersey, CW 11 in New York, NY News 1 in New York, Major League Baseball in New York and the NBC Studios Hub for the Atlanta Olympics. He served as a consultant for other projects such as a Nickelodeon Studios in Florida. He has taught an architectural course on Building Systems for the past 12 years and has conducted seminars for the Atlanta and Miami AIA Chapters in preparing Architectural Interns for the MEP/ Building Systems License Exams. He spoke at the 2007 San Antonio, Texas AIA National Convention on the topic.
About the Book
This work represents a simplified and comprehensive review of the topics involved in building systems which are a critical part of any building construction. It is written primary for architects and architectural students. The complex topics of mechanical, electrical, plumbing and the related fields are broken down into smaller sub-topics for simplicity and ease of reading and understanding. There are a plethora of diagrams designed to capture the essence of various concepts and their applications. Each topic is covered in substantial detail to give the readers a good understanding of the concepts involved and their applications. Issues of sustainability with regard to energy reduction are addressed. This includes: • Mechanical cooling and heating using natural phenomena. • Daylighting strategies to reduce artificial lighting. • Waste water treatment systems. • Rain water collection and treatment. • Energy efficient mechanical systems. This book also serves as a comprehensive review for the architectural license exam on the topic with a complete practice exam and additional practice questions with the answers explained. An attractive feature of this book is the extended coverage of the topics of Lighting and more importantly, Acoustics.