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.
- The Visual Handbook of Building and Remodeling (2018)
- Building Construction Illustrated, 5th Edition (2014)
- Applied Communications Skills for the Construction Trades (2002)
- Building Codes Illustrated: A Guide to Understanding the 2018 International Building Code (2018)
- Building a Successful Construction Company: The Practical Guide (2014)
- The Elements of Building: A Business Handbook For Residential Builders & Tradesmen (2014)
- Construction Management JumpStart 2nd Edition (2010)
- Graphic Guide to Frame Construction: Fourth Edition, Revised and Updated (For Pros by Pros) (2016)
- Building Construction Costs with RSMeans Data 2018 (Means Building Construction Cost Data) (2017)
- 2015 International Building Code (2014)
- Successful Construction Project Management: The Practical Guide (2014)
The Visual Handbook of Building and Remodeling (2018)
Building 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?
Building Construction Illustrated, 5th Edition (2014)
For 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.
Applied Communications Skills for the Construction Trades (2002)
This 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.
Building Codes Illustrated: A Guide to Understanding the 2018 International Building Code (2018)
Uniquely 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…
Building a Successful Construction Company: The Practical Guide (2014)
How 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.
The Elements of Building: A Business Handbook For Residential Builders & Tradesmen (2014)
The 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.
Construction Management JumpStart 2nd Edition (2010)
The 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.
Graphic Guide to Frame Construction: Fourth Edition, Revised and Updated (For Pros by Pros) (2016)
If 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 Construction Costs with RSMeans Data 2018 (Means Building Construction Cost Data) (2017)
Get 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.
2015 International Building Code (2014)
Featuring 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.
Successful Construction Project Management: The Practical Guide (2014)
Successful 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.
Best Construction Books Worth Your Attention
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Durability of building and construction sealants and adhesives : 2nd volume
Author(s): A T Wolf
ID: 1176084, Publisher: ASTM International, Year: , 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.