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1st Edition

Building Systems in Interior Design

ISBN 9781138723368
Published October 24, 2017 by Routledge
420 Pages

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Book Description

Building Systems in Interior Design takes an entirely new approach to teaching this essential topic for Architects, Designers and Building Engineers. Written to prepare students for the real world and packed with practical examples, the book will foster an understanding of specific issues that are critical to those features of technical systems that most directly affect design. The book stresses the ever-present nature of these systems: they are everywhere, all the time.

Taking a design oriented view, it outlines what can and cannot be done, and provides the student with the know-how and confidence to defend and promote their design intent when working with other industry professionals.

Covering lighting, HVAC, plumbing and much more, the book is packed with key features to aid learning including:

  • Numerous illustrations, plans and photographs
  • Key terms defined in an extensive glossary
  • Chapter introductions that identify key concepts and chapter summaries to re-visit those key concepts
  • Professional design tips
  • And a detailed bibliography and web links

This book is not only a core text for interior design, building systems engineering and architecture students but will become an essential working reference through their careers.

Table of Contents



Part 1: What are Building Systems?

Part 2: Why do building systems matter?

Part 3: Legal Building Systems

Part 4: Structural Systems

Part 5: Architectural Systems

Part 6: Architectural Acoustics

Part 7: Mechanical Systems

Part 8: Electrical Systems

Part 9: Plumbing Systems

Part 10: Fire Protection Systems

Appendix A Design Tips

Appendix B Definitions

Appendix C Resources

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Samuel L. Hurt, PE, RA, RID, LC, LEED® AP, HFDP is a registered architect, interior designer and engineer. He has taught on related topics as an adjunct or part-time instructor for more than 15 years at universities including Purdue, Ball State and Indiana State.