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Best Construction Books Worth Your Attention

Below I’ll give you my selections for the best Construction books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.

1. The Visual Handbook of Building and Remodeling (2018)

 Best Construction Books Worth Your AttentionBuilding a home is a complicated, precise, and labor-intensive process. From drawing a design to selecting the site to laying the foundation, building the frame, installing the plumbing, wiring, HVAC, and everything in between, there are countless opportunities for something to go wrong. So how does a homeowner,  builder, or remodeler make sure that their project stays on track every step of the way? Having a copy of The Visual Handbook of Building and Remodeling, 4th Edition on hand is a great place to start. #13,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #3…
Author(s): Charlie Wing

2. Building Construction Illustrated, 5th Edition (2014)

 Best Construction Books Worth Your AttentionFor over three decades, Building Construction Illustrated has offered an outstanding introduction to the principles of building construction. This new edition of the revered classic remains as relevant as ever, providing the latest information in Francis D.K. Ching’s signature style. Its rich and comprehensive approach clearly presents all of the basic concepts underlying building construction. New to this edition are digital enhancements delivered as an online companion to the print edition and also embedded in e-book editions. Features include a 3D model showing how building…
Author(s): Francis D. K. Ching

3. Applied Communications Skills for the Construction Trades (2002)

 Best Construction Books Worth Your AttentionThis book is the first book to offer comprehensive instruction to construction trainees (and even experienced workers) in the four key areas of on-the-job communication: Listening , Reading Speaking ,  and Writing. Unlike other communication books, which are often written for the general public or for people who work in an office environment, this book has been prepared specifically to meet the needs of the construction industry….
Author(s): Steven A Rigolosi

4. Building Codes Illustrated: A Guide to Understanding the 2018 International Building Code (2018)

 Best Construction Books Worth Your AttentionUniquely marrying the graphic skills of bestselling author Francis D.K Ching with the code expertise of Steven Winkel, FAIA, the new sixth edition of Building Codes Illustrated is a clear, concise, and easy-to-use visual guide to the International Building Code (IBC) for 2018. Fully updated throughout, it highlights all of the changes to the code for quick reference and easy navigation. It pulls out the portions of the building code that are most relevant for the architect and provides an easy-to-understand interpretation in both words and…
Author(s): Francis D. K. Ching, Steven R. Winkel

5. Building a Successful Construction Company: The Practical Guide (2014)

 Best Construction Books Worth Your AttentionHow you can make your construction company more profitable. A ‘must read’ before you price your next project.Many construction companies fail despite the hard work and knowledge of their managers and owners. Some companies even start well, earning good profits, building successful projects, and the company grows – only for it all to come crashing down, often leaving a mountain of debts behind. So why do construction companies fail? Is it due to bad luck?This book explores important aspects of managing a construction company that impact its success and profitability. Obviously…
Author(s): Paul Netscher

6. The Elements of Building: A Business Handbook For Residential Builders & Tradesmen (2014)

 Best Construction Books Worth Your AttentionThe Elements of Building is about the business of residential construction. It is a must-have resource for new and seasoned builders. With 40 years of experience in the trade, the author details the skills and wisdom needed to establish and run a successful construction company. This invaluable handbook offers insightful guidance on hiring and working with employees and subcontractors; choosing and working with clients; estimating and bidding; managing money and marketing; and much more. A tradesman with forty-plus years of experience said of The Elements of…
Author(s): Mark Q. Kerson

7. Construction Management JumpStart 2nd Edition (2010)

 Best Construction Books Worth Your AttentionThe construction management industry is expected to increase employment by 16 percent over the next decade. This second edition of a bestselling introduction to construction management walks you through each stage of the construction management process. Written from the constructor’s perspective, this book will familiarize you with all the construction management fundamentals and how Building Information Modeling (BIM) is impacting the construction management profession. The tried-and-true project management principles presented in this book will help ensure you a successful start to your career. #22,967 in Books (See Top…
Author(s): Barbara J. Jackson

8. Graphic Guide to Frame Construction: Fourth Edition, Revised and Updated (For Pros by Pros) (2016)

 Best Construction Books Worth Your AttentionIf you’re in need of info on framing construction, look no further. This newly revised and updated edition of our classic visual handbook is loaded with up-to-date code information, the latest material advice, and detailed construction methods. Building on the success of earlier editions–which have sold hundreds of thousands of copies―accomplished architect and teacher Rob Thallon delivers on the details you need to get the job done right. Covers a broad range of projects. Whether you’re setting a foundation, erecting a partition wall, or flashing a window, you’ll find information on the project in this book. The book’s…
Author(s): Rob Thallon

9. Building Construction Costs with RSMeans Data 2018 (Means Building Construction Cost Data) (2017)

 Best Construction Books Worth Your AttentionGet the confidence and knowhow you need to deliver more accurate cost estimates and improve profitability. The 76th 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, and reduce risk. #231,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #563 in Home Design & Construction (Books) #18 in Estimating How-to & Home Improvement (Books) #36635 in Textbooks Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Gordian

10. 2015 International Building Code (2014)

 Best Construction Books Worth Your AttentionFeaturing the very latest industry standards in material design, the 2015 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…
Author(s): International Code Council

11. Successful Construction Project Management: The Practical Guide (2014)

 Best Construction Books Worth Your AttentionSuccessful Construction Project Management is a ‘must read’ before you start your next project. It provides useful practical tips for managing a construction project and is aimed at construction professionals as well as those studying construction project management. Managing a construction project isn’t an easy job and requires many skills. Some skills are learned by attending courses and colleges. Others, however, are only learned by experience, and often the hard way – learning from mistakes. This book will show you how to avoid the many pitfalls in construction. It includes chapters on planning the…
Author(s): Paul Netscher

Best Construction Books Worth Your Attention

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some construction books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Durability of building and construction sealants and adhesives : 2nd volume

Author(s): A T Wolf
ID: 1176084, Publisher: ASTM International, Year: [2006], Size: 4 Mb, Format: pdf

The CSI Construction Contract Administration Practice Guide

Author(s): Construction Specifications Institute
ID: 923742, Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Year: Inc, Size: 8 Mb, Format: pdf

The CSI specifications practice guide

Author(s): Construction Specifications Institute
ID: 923739, Publisher: Wiley, Year: cop. 2011, Size: 2 Mb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are truly hot items according to Chicago Tribune, others are written by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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