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Mechanical and Electrical Equipment for Buildings [Hardcover]

Walter T. Grondzik , Alison G. Kwok , Ben Stein , John S. Reynolds
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Book Description

Nov. 24 2009 0470195657 978-0470195659 11
For more than half a century, this book has been a fixture in architecture and construction firms the world over. Twice awarded the AIA's Citation for Excellence in International Architecture Book Publishing, Mechanical and Electrical Equipment for Buildings is recognized for its comprehensiveness, clarity of presentation, and timely coverage of new design trends and technologies. Addressing mechanical and electrical systems for buildings of all sizes, it provides design guidelines and detailed design procedures for each topic covered. Thoroughly updated to cover the latest technologies, new and emerging design trends, and relevant codes, this latest edition features more than 2,200 illustrations--200 new to this edition--and a companion Website with additional resources.

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The foremost guide to the design of environmental control systems
Updated and expanded

For more than seven decades, Mechanical and Electrical Equipment for Buildings has been the preeminent teaching and practice reference for building environmental control systems. Now this classic text has been updated and expanded, and continues to help prepare generations of students for their careers in architecture, architectural engineering, and construction management, and to supply professionals with in-depth information to assist them with their decision making in practice.

With over 2,200 drawings and photographs—more than 200 of them new to this edition—the Eleventh Edition covers basic theory, preliminary building design guidelines, and detailed design procedures for buildings of all sizes, and also provides information on the latest technologies, emerging design trends, and updated codes.

New and notable:

  • Increased attention placed on mitigating environmental impacts, in both off-site and on-site resources

  • Case studies showing successful integration of design strategies

  • Discussions of "why" and "how to," which help the reader better understand concepts and applications

  • Discussions of computer-based design simulations, incorporating an appreciation of hand calculation skills

About the Author

Walter T. Grondzik, PE, LEED AP, is Professor of Architecture at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana. Grondzik is a Fellow of ASHRAE, a Fellow of the American Solar Energy Society, and a past president of the Society of Building Science Educators and the Architectural Research Centers Consortium. He holds an MS in mechanical engineering (building environmental systems) and a bachelor of architectural engineering.

Alison G. Kwok, PhD, AIA, LEED AP, is Professor of Architecture at the University of Oregon, Eugene, teaches design studios, seminars in building performance, as well as courses in environmental technology. Kwok has served as a board member for the Arch-itectural Research Centers Consortium and is a past president of the Society of Building Science Educators, a member of several ASHRAE committees, and a member of the USGBC's Formal Education Committee.

Benjamin Stein is a consulting engineer with more than fifty years of experience in all phases of environmental control system design. He currently resides in Jerusalem, Israel.

John S. Reynolds, AIA, is Professor Emeri-tus of Architecture at the University of Oregon, Eugene, and is a registered architect in private practice.

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5.0 out of 5 stars MEEB 11th ed Sept. 4 2012
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Great purchase, cheapest price for a brand new textbook, it was cheaper than buying it used from the other sources. Only took a week and 2 days from order to my door. Thanks!
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5.0 out of 5 stars MEEB is my Boyfriend June 19 2013
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5.0 out of 5 stars More then the title suggests April 10 2010
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I have been referencing past editions of this book for years. It's the bible to architects for understanding this subject matter. It covers more then the title suggests including overall design strategy for site and building, passive design for the building environment, acoustics, illumination and day-lighting, water conservations systems, vertical building transportation systems and design, fire protection and suppression design, along with the active mechanical and electrical systems design and equipment technology that the title suggests. It is one of the core reference books for the architect's library and others related to building construction. This new addition updates to the latest technology, and sustainable design practices. Another great book for passive design related to building arrangement and form is Sun, Wind & Light: Architectural Design Strategies, 2nd Edition
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good execution, appendicies & tables need some work Jan. 27 2012
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I bought this as a Kindle edition for an architecture class so I wouldn't have to break my back carrying the actual book to and from, and the chapters read just fine. All the illustrations in the chapters are linked in the text, so you can click and see what you're reading about, then immediately go back, so that's convenient.

Some of the reference tables in the appendices are hard to get to in the digital copy. Once you're on the page and table you want, you can tap the down arrow in the bottom middle of the table itself to scroll down and see all the tables, or you can go to "Location" and type in your current number+1 to get to the first table. Afterwards, you can page through all of them in that section. But it's not exactly straightforward. Some of the tables were scanned in sideways, so that makes it a little interesting if your Kindle rotates the screen depending on its orientation.

If you're planning to actually use this and not just read what's in the chapters, be super aware of how to navigate the illustrations and tables, otherwise it might cause you a bit of frustration. But I just said how to do it, so you should be good :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars ARE must read June 28 2013
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this book is essential for passing the BD-CS portion of the ARE. i read the entire thing -- all 3" -- and although it took forever (2 months) and felt like information overload at the time, i was very prepared for the difficult electrical and mechanical process questions that the ARE exam threw at me. i had 3 years of internship experience at age 28, post college. i passed the exam first time -- along with all the other ARE exams the first time around -- and am now licensed in Alabama. take it from me, this is a very eye-opening read and definitely worth the time. also, this book is referred to as the "MEEB" book on all the archi user websites.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Step-Stool! Jan. 22 2014
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When not using MEEB as a paperweight I found its high density and 6 inch depth was more practical for getting things off the top shelf than my previous solution (Webster's dictionary). In addition it gave me a great workout lugging it back and forth from class, and the hundred+ dollars I spent on it prevented me from buying groceries the following two weeks, What a Great Diet plan!!!

But seriously if they could just make this an E-book that would be great.
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