1st Edition

Building Systems in Interior Design

By Sam Hurt Copyright 2018

    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.



    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


    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.