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Building and Building Engineering: Past and Present

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Buildings are fixed structures for human occupancy and use. Building engineering includes the use of engineering principles and practices in the design, choice of materials, construction, maintenance, and the safety and security of buildings. This guide includes resources related to the design and construction of buildings, but emphasizes historical resources. Not intended as a comprehensive bibliography, this compilation is designed--as the series name implies--to put the reader "on target." This and other recent Tracer Bullets are available online at URL: //


Hawkes, Nigel. Architectural achievements. In Amazing achievements: a celebration of human ingenuity. San Diego, CA, Thunder Press, c1996. p. 36-125.
   TA15.H38 1996 <SciRR>

Lewotsky, Kristin. Building design/architecture. In Gale encyclopedia of science. 4th ed. v. 1. Farmington Hills, MI, Detroit, Thomson, Gale, c2008. p. 686-692.
   Q121.G37 2008 <SciRR>

Schodek, Daniel L. Buildings. In Landmarks in American civil engineering. Cambridge, MA, MIT Press, c1987. p. 265-288.
   TA23.S36 1987 <SciRR>

Silman, Robert. Buildings. In McGraw-Hill encyclopedia of science & technology. 11th ed. v. 3. New York, McGraw-Hill, c2012. p. 336-341.
   Q121.M3 2012 <SciRR>



Subject Headings used by the Library of Congress under which books on buildings and building engineering may be located in Library catalogs, include the following:

Highly Relevant



   May be subdivided geographically by names of countries, states, cities, such as "BUILDING--CHINA" or "BUILDING--MASSACHUSETTS."

   See also the names of individual buildings, such as "EMPIRE STATE BUILDING (NEW YORK, N.Y.)" or "WILLIS TOWER (CHICAGO, ILL.)"

More General




Addis, William. Building: 3000 years of design engineering and construction. London, New York, Phaidon Press, 2007. 640 p.
   Bibliography: p. 622-626.
   TH15.A33 2007 <SciRR>

Davis, Howard. The culture of building. New York, Oxford University, 1999. 385 p.
   Bibliography: p. 327-368.
   TH153.D374 1999 <SciRR>

Elliott, Cecil D. Technics and architecture: the development of materials and systems for buildings. Cambridge, MA, MIT Press, c1992. 467 p.
   Bibliography: p. 453-456.
   TH18.E45 1992 <SciRR>

Friedman, Donald. Historical building construction: design, materials & technology. 2nd ed. New York, W. W. Norton & Co., c2010. 319 p.
   Bibliography: p. 290-302.
   TH3361.F75 2010 <SciRR>

Garrison, Ervan G. A history of engineering and technology: artful methods. 2nd ed. Boca Raton, FL, CRC Press, 1999. 347 p.
    Includes bibliographical references.
   TA15.G37 1998 <SciRR>

Levy, Matthys, and Mario George Salvadori. Why buildings fall down: how structures fail. Updated and expanded edition. New York, W.W. Norton, 2002. 346 p.
   TH441.L48 2002 <SciRR>

Salvadori, Mario George. Why buildings stand up: the strength of architecture. New York, Norton, c1980. 311 p.
   TH845.S33 1980 <SciRR>



Architectural technology up to the scientific revolution: the art and structure of large-scale buildings. Robert Mark, editor. Cambridge, MA, MIT Press, c1993. 252 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TH15.A73 1993 <SciRR>

Bowyer, Jack. History of building. St. Albans, Eng., Crosby Lockwood Staples, 1973. 275 p.
   TH15.B68 1973

Briggs, Martin S. (Martin Shaw). A short history of the building crafts. Oxford, The Clarendon Press, 1925. 296 p.

Dabby, Ramsey, and Ashwani Bedi. Structure for architects: a primer. Hoboken, NJ, Wiley, c2012. 262 p.
   TH845.D33 2012 <SciRR>

Finch, James Kip. The story of engineering. Garden City, NY, Doubleday, 1960. 528 p.

Hill, Donald Routledge. A history of engineering in classical and medieval times. London, New York, Routledge, 1996. 263 p.
   Bibliography: p. 248-253.
   TA16.H55 1996 <SciRR>

Millais, Malcolm. Building structures: from concepts to design. 2nd ed. London, New York, Spon Press, c2005. 423 p.
   Bibliography: p. 416-417.
   TH845.M63 2005 <SciRR>

Pannell, J. P. M. (John Percival Masterman). Man the builder: an illustrated history of engineering. London, Thames and Hudson, 1977. 256 p.
   Bibliography: p. 251-252.
   First ed. published in 1965 under the title: An illustrated history of civil engineering.
   TA15.P35 1977

Salvadori, Mario George, and Robert Heller. Structure in architecture: the building of buildings. 3rd ed. Englewood Cliffs, NJ, Prentice-Hall, c1986. 464 p.
   TH845.S328 1986 <SciRR>

The Seventy wonders of the modern world. Edited by Neil Parkyn. New York, Thames and Hudson, 2002. 304 p.
   Bibliography: p. 292-297.
   TA15.S48 2002 <SciRR>

Sons of Martha: civil engineering readings in modern literature. Collected & edited by Augustin J. Fredrich. New York, American Society of Civil Engineers, c1989. 596 p.
   Bibliography: p. 595-596.
   TA155.S66 1989 <SciRR>

Straub, Hans. A history of civil engineering: an outline from ancient to modern times. Translation by E. Rockwell. London, L. Hill, 1952. 258 p.
   TH15.S752 <SciRR>

Tobin, James. Great projects: the epic story of the building of America: from the taming of the Mississippi to the invention of the Internet. New York, Free Press, c2001. 322 p.
   Bibliography: p. 305-310.
   TA23.T63 2001 <SciRR>

Upton, Neil. An illustrated history of civil engineering. London, Heinemann, 1975. 192 p.
   Bibliography: p. 184.

Wells, Matthew. Engineers: a history of engineering and structural design. London, New York, Routledge, 2010. 243 p.
   Bibliography: p. 208-234.
   TA15.W45 2010 <SciRR>



Ancient and Classical World

Adam, Jean Pierre. Roman building: materials and techniques. Translated by Anthony Mathews. Bloomington, Indiana University Press, c1994. 360 p.
   Bibliography: p. 351-357.
   Translation of Construction romaine.
   TH16.A3313 1994 <SciRR>

Clarke, Somers, and R. Engelbach. Ancient Egyptian masonry: the building craft. London, Oxford University Press; Boston, Milford, 1930. 242 p.
   "List of works quoted," p. 230-232.

De Camp, L. Sprague (Lyon Sprague). The ancient engineers. Cambridge, MA, MIT Press, 1970, c1963. 408 p.
   TA16.D4 1970 <SciRR>
   Bibliography: p. 385-396.

Lancaster, Lynne C. Concrete vaulted construction in Imperial Rome: innovations in context. Cambridge, New York, Cambridge University Press, 2005. 274 p.
   Bibliography: p. 251-264.
   TH16.L364 2005

Malacrino, Carmelo G. Constructing the Ancient world: architectural techniques of the Greeks and Romans. Translated by Jay Hyams. Los Angeles, J. Paul Getty Museum, 2010. 216 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   Translation of Ingegneria dei Greci e dei Romani.
   First published in Italy in 2009 by Arsenale-Editrice, Verona.
   TH16.M3513 2010 <SciRR>

Neuburger, Albert. The technical arts and sciences of the ancients. Translated by Henry L. Brose. New York, Barnes & Noble, 1969. 518 p.
   Bibliography: p. xxvii.
   Reprint of the 1930 edition.
   Translation of Die Technik des Altertums.
   T16.N43 1969 <SciRR>

Taylor, Rabun M. Roman builders: a study in architectural process. Cambridge, New York, Cambridge University Press, 2003. 303 p.
   Bibliography: p. 281-292.
   TH16.T38 2003

Wright, G. R. H. (George R. H.). Ancient building technology. Leiden, Boston, Brill, 2000-2005. 3 v. (Technology and change in history, v. 4, 7, 12)
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TH16.W76 2000 <SciRR>

United States

Ambrose, James E. Construction revisited: an illustrated guide to construction details of the early 20th century. New York, Wiley, c1993. 250 p.
   Bibliography: p. 233-241.
   TH23.A69 1993

Billington, David P. The innovators: the engineering pioneers who made America modern. New York, Wiley, c1996. 245 p.
   Bibliography: p. 221-236.
   TA15.B53 1996 <SciRR>

Condit, Carl W. American building: materials and techniques from the first colonial settlements to the present. 2nd ed. Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 1982. 329 p. (The Chicago history of American civilization, CHAC 25)
   Bibliography: p. 295-303.
   TH23.C58 1982 <SciRR>

Cottrell, Michelle. Guidebook to the LEED certification process: for LEED for New Construction, LEED for Core & Shell, and LEED for Commercial Interiors. Hoboken, NJ, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2011. 330 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TH880.C685 2011 <SciRR>

Garvin, James L. A building history of northern New England. Hanover, University Press of New England, c2001. 199 p.
   Bibliography: p. 177-191.
   TH23.15.G37 2001

Meigs, Montgomery C. (Montgomery Cunningham). Capitol builder: the shorthand journals of Montgomery C. Meigs, 1853-1859, 1861: a project to commemorate the United States Capitol Bicentennial, 1800-2000. Edited by Wendy Wolff. Washington, U.S. GPO, 2001. 882 p. (Senate document, 106-20)
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TH140.M45A3 2001

Nashert, Walter. America's builders. Malibu, CA, Pepperdine University Press, c1975. 262 p.
   Bibliography: p. 254-256.
   TH23.N27 <SciRR>

Randall, Frank A. (Frank Alfred). History of the development of building construction in Chicago. 2nd ed. rev. and expanded by John D. Randall. Urbana, University of Illinois Press, c1999. 526 p.
   Bibliography: p. 480-482.
   TH25.C4R35 1999

Wisley, William H. (William Homer). The American Civil Engineer 1852-2002: the history, traditions, and development of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Revised and updated by Virginia Fairweather. Reston, VA, American Society of Civil Engineers, 2002. 235 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TA1.W83 2002 <SciRR>

Various Topics

Alleau, René. History of the great building constructions. Translated from the French by Joan White. London, Leisure Arts, 1967. 112 p.
   Translation of Histoire des grandes constructions.

Andrews, Francis B. (Francis Baugh). The mediaeval builder and his methods. Mineola, NY, Dover Publications, 1999. 112 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   "Unabridged republication of the work originally published in Vol. XLVIII, for the year 1922, of Transactions and proceedings for the Birmingham Archaeological Society (Birmingham, England)."
   TH17.A5 1999

Development of commercial wood preservatives: efficacy, environmental, and health issues. Tor P. Schultz, editor, and others. Sponsored by the Division of Cellulose and Renewable Materials. Washington, American Chemical Society; New York, distributed by Oxford University Press, c2008. 655 p. (ACS symposium series, 982)
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TA424.D48 2008

Finch, James Kip. Engineering and Western civilization. New York, McGraw-Hill, 1951. 397 p.
   Bibliography: p. 331-374.

Giles, Timothy D. How to develop and implement a security master plan. Boca Raton, FL, CRC Press, c2009. 351 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TH9705.G55 2009

Gorse, Christopher A., and David Highfield. Refurbishment and upgrading of buildings. 2nd ed. London, New York, Spon, 2009. 263 p.
   First edition published 2000 by E & FN Spon.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TH3401.H53 2009 <SciRR>

Great engineers and pioneers in technology: from antiquity through the Industrial Revolution. Editors, Roland Turner and Steven L. Goulden, assistant editor, Barbara Sheridan. New York, St. Martin's Press, c1981. 488 p.
   Bibliography: p. 461-465.
   TA139.G7 1981 vol. 1 <SciRR>

Green, Melvyn. Building codes for existing and historic buildings. Hoboken, NJ, Wiley, c2012. 248 p.
   TH420.G74 2012 <SciRR>

Kérisel, Jean. Down to earth: foundations past and present: the invisible art of the builder. Rotterdam, Boston, A. A. Balkema, 1987. 149 p.
   Bibliography: p. 141-143.
   TA15.K44 1987 <SciRR>

Lynch, Gerard C. J. The history of gauged brickwork: conservation, repair and modern application. Amsterdam, Boston, Elsevier/Butterworth-Heinemann, 2007. 438 p.
   Bibliography: p. 403-412.
   TH1301.L96 2007

Massarella, Carlo. Monster moves: adventures moving the world's biggest structures. Buffalo, NY, Firefly Books, 2011. 224 p.
   TH153.M37 2011 <SciRR>

Ortmeier, P. J. Introduction to security: operations and management. 4th ed. Boston, Pearson, 2012. 409 p.
   Bibliography: p. 379-398.
   HV8290.O78 2012

O'Shea, Linda S., and Rula Awwad-Rafferty. Design and security in the built environment. New York, Fairchild Books, c2009. 308 p.
   Bibliography: p. 271-284.
   TH9705.O84 2009

Ousterhout, Robert G. Master builders of Byzantium. Princeton, NJ, Princeton University Press, c1999. 320 p.
   Bibliography: p. 296-309.
   TH16.O93 1999

Parsons, William Barclay. Engineers and engineering in the Renaissance. Cambridge, MA, MIT Press, 1968, c1939. 661 p.
   Bibliography: p. 619-623.
   TA18.P3 1968 <SciRR>

Post-disaster reconstruction of the built environment: rebuilding for resilience. Edited by Dilanthi Amaratunga and Richard Haigh. Chichester, West Sussex, Eng., Ames, IA, Wiley-Blackwell, c2011. 315 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TH3401.P75 2011

Potofsky, Allan. Constructing Paris in the age of revolution. Basingstoke, Eng., New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. 345 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TH72.P2P68 2009

Retrofitting design of building structures. Edited by Xilin Lu. Beijing, China, Science Press; Boca Raton, FL, CRC Press/Taylor & Francis Group, c2010. 168 p.
   TH3411.R485 2010

Salzman, L. F. (Louis Francis). Building in England down to 1540: a documentary history. Oxford, New York, Oxford University Press, 1992. 637 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TH57.S3 1992

Securing critical infrastructures and critical control systems: approaches for threat protection. Christopher Laing, Atta Badii, and Paul Vickers, editors. Hershey, PA, Information Science Reference, c2013. 430 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TH9705.S38 2013

Taranath, Bungale S. Structural analysis and design of tall buildings: steel and composite construction. Boca Raton, FL, CRC/Taylor & Francis, c2012. 625 p.
   Bibliography: p. 621-624.
   TH845.T334 2012 <SciRR>

Young, Robert A. Historic preservation technology. Hoboken, NJ, J. Wiley & Sons, c2008. 435 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TH3401.Y68 2008 <SciRR>



Building design and construction handbook. Frederick S. Merritt and Jonathan T. Ricketts, editors. 6th ed. New York, McGraw-Hill, 2001. 1 v. (various pagings)
   Includes bibliographic references.
   TH151.B825 2001 <SciRR>

Building security: handbook for architectural planning and design. Barbara A. Nadel, editor-in-chief. New York, McGraw-Hill, c2004. 1 v. (various pagings)
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TH9705.B845 2004 <SciRR>

The Grove encyclopedia of classical art and architecture. Edited by Gordon Campbell. Oxford, New York, Oxford University Press, c2007. 2 v.
   N5610.G76 2007

Langmead, Donald, and Christine Garnaut. Encyclopedia of architectural and engineering feats. Santa Barbara, CA, ABC-CLIO, c2001. 388 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   NA200.L32 2001 <SciRR>

Oxford handbook of engineering and technology in the Classical world. Edited by John Peter Oleson. Oxford, New York, Oxford University Press, 2008. 865 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   Variant title: Handbook of engineering and technology in the Classical world.
   T16.O94 2008 <SciRR>



Conference Papers Index (1973- )
   Z7403.C84 and Electronic format

Index to Scientific & Technical Proceedings (1978- )
   Q158.5.I4 <SciRR A&I>

PapersFirst (1993- )
   Electronic format

ProceedingsFirst (1993- )
   Electronic format



Building early America: contributions toward the history of a great industry. The Carpenters' Company of the City and County of Philadelphia; Charles E. Peterson, editor. 1st reprint ed. Mendham, NJ, Astragal Press, 1992, c1976. 407 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   Proceedings of the symposium held at Philadelphia to celebrate the 250th birthday of the Carpenters' Company of the City & County of Philadelphia.
   Symposium held Mar. 27-29, 1974.
   Reprint. Originally published: Radnor, Pa., Chilton Book Co., c1976.
   TH23.B73 1996 <SciRR>

International Conference on Structural Studies, Repairs and Maintenance of Heritage Architecture (12th, 2011, Tuscany, Italy). Structural studies, repairs and maintenance of heritage architecture XII. Editors, C. A. Brebbia, L. Binda. Southampton, Boston, WIT Press, c2011. 758 p. (WIT transactions on the built environment, v. 118)
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TH3411.I58 2011

International Congress on Deterioration and Conservation of Stone (11th, 2008, Toruń). 11th International Congress on Deterioration and Conservation of Stone, 15-20 September 2008, Toruń, Poland: proceedings. Edited by Jadwiga W. Łukascewicz, Piotr Niemcewicz. Toruń, Uniwersytetu Mikołaja Kopernika, 2008. 2 v.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TA426.I57 2008



Channell, David F. The history of engineering science: an annotated bibliography. New York, Garland, 1989. 311 p. (Bibliographies of the history of science and technology, v. 16)
   Z5851.C47 1989 <SciRR>

Ferguson, Eugene S. Bibliography of the history of technology. Cambridge, MA, Society for the History of Technology, 1968. 347 p. (Society for the History of Technology. Monograph series, v. 5)
   See especially, Civil Engineering, p. 219-221 and Building and Similar Structures, p. 221-223.
   Z7914.H5F4 <SciRR>



GPO's Federal Digital System: FDSys Online

Monthly Catalog of United States Government Publications (1895- )
   Z1223.A18 <SciRR A&I> and Electronic format
   URL: (1976- )



Hilker, Helen-Anne. Ten First Street, Southeast: Congress builds a library, 1886-1897: an exhibition in the Great Hall and on the second floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress. Washington, Library of Congress, U.S. Govt. Print. Off., 1980. 102 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.

Incremental protection for existing commercial buildings from terrorist attack: providing protection to people and buildings. Washington, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, FEMA, 2008. 1 v. (various pagings) (Risk management series FEMA, P-459)
   Includes bibliographical references
   TH9705.I63 2008



Technical Reports and other types of literature may be identified in the following abstracting and indexing journals:

Government Reports Announcements & Index (1946- )
   Z7916.G78 <SciRR A&I> and Electronic format

Monthly Catalog of United States Government Publications (1895- )
   Z1223.A18 <SciRR A&I> and Electronic format
   URL: (1976- )



These selected reports are available in the technical reports collection of the Science, Technology & Business Division. Other reports on the topic may be purchased from the National Technical Information Service (NTIS), 5301 Shawnee Rd., Alexandria, VA 22312. NTIS telephone: (703) 605-6000.

Bidwell, T. G. Conservation of brick buildings: the repair, alteration, and restoration of old brickwork. London, Brick Development Association, 1977. 32 p.

Caring for the past: preserving, rehabilitating and restoring historic buildings. Washington, National Park Service, Technical Preservation Services Div., 2002. 34 p.

Cunning, H. Photovoltaic and energy efficiency systems installation. Harrington Park, NJ, Hackensack University Medical Center; Washington, Department of Energy, Office of Solar Heat Technologies, May 2012. 7 p.

Fleming, K., N. Long, and A. Swindler. Building component library: an online repository to facilitate building energy model creation. Golden, CO, National Renewable Energy Lab.; Washington, Department of Energy, 2012. 14 p.

Kandt, A., and others. Implementing solar PV projects on historic buildings and in historic districts. Washington, National Trust for Historic Preservation; Golden, CO, National Renewable Energy Lab.; Washington, Department of Energy, 2011. 42 p.

Lebow, S., and R. W. Anthony. Guide for use of wood preservatives in historic structures. Madison, WI, Forest Products Lab., 2012. 64 p.

Making America's buildings better. Golden, CO, National Renewable Energy Lab.; Washington, Department of Energy, 2012. 3 p.



Dissertations may be identified by using online resources or the following indexes located in the Main Reading Room. Consult any reference librarian about options. Some dissertations may be available in full text through electronic resources on public terminals at the Library of Congress

Comprehensive Dissertation Index, 1861-1972
     Z5053.X47 <MRR>

Comprehensive Dissertation Index. Supplement (1973-2011)
   Z5053.X47a <MRR>

Dissertation Abstracts International (1938- )

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Full Text (1861- )
   Electronic format



Christopher-Gallagher, Riley. Traditional building materials and the sustainability of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal College design. Ann Arbor, MI, University Microfilms, 2011.
   UMI publication number 1494654
   Collation of the original: 208 p.
   Thesis (masters)--Iowa State University, 2011.

Ji, Guohua. Building under the planned economy: a history of China's architecture and construction, 1949--1965. Ann Arbor, MI, University Microfilms, 2007.
   UMI publication number C829064
   Collation of the original: 373 p.
   Thesis (doctoral)--Eidgenoessiche Technische Hochschule Zuerich (Switzerland), 2007.

Sakulich, Aaron Richard. Characterization of environmentally-friendly alkali activated slag cements and ancient building materials. Ann Arbor, MI, University Microfilms, 2009.
   UMI publication number 3394782
   Collation of the original: 219 p.
    Thesis (doctoral)--Drexel University, 2010.

Strickland, Michael Harold. Roman building materials, construction methods, and architecture: the identity of an empire. Ann Arbor, MI, University Microfilms, 2010.
   UMI publication number 1480632
   Collation of the original: 86 p.
   Thesis (masters)--Clemson University, 2011.

Wernecke, Daniel Clark. A stone canvas: interpreting Maya building materials and construction technology. Ann Arbor, MI, University Microfilms, 2006.
   UMI publication number 3184804
   Collation of the original: 242 p.
   Thesis (doctoral)--The University of Texas at Austin, 2005.

Wiedman, Jamie Lynn. Ties that bind: the emergence of iron tie rod reinforcement in load bearing masonry buildings of Charleston, SC. Ann Arbor, MI, University Microfilms, 2012.
   UMI publication number 1512813
   Collation of the original: 201 p.
   Thesis (masters)--Clemson University, 2012.



Abstracting and Indexing Services that index relevant journal articles and other literature are listed below. Some suggested keywords for searching are "building," "building information modeling," "building laws and regulations," "building materials," "buildings," or other headings, depending upon the topic of interest. Many of the titles may now be available in electronic format. Please consult a reference librarian for the location and format of abstracting and indexing services.

Abstracts in New Technologies and Engineering (1962- )
   Z7913.B7 <SciRR A&I>

Applied Science & Technology Index (1913- )
   Z7913.I7 <SciRR A&I> and Electronic format

Engineering Index (1884- )
   Z5851.E62 <SciRR A&I> and Electronic format

General Science Index (1978- )
    Z7401.G46 and Electronic format

   Electronic format

Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature (1900- )
   AI3.R48 <BusRR> and Electronic format



Journals that often contain relevant articles include the following:

APT Bulletin (Association for Preservation Technology)
Architects' Journal TH1.A7
Builder HD9715.U5B76
Building Acoustics TH1725.B8423
Building and Environment TH1.B847
Building Research and Information TH1.B38
Building Services Engineering Research & Technology TH1.B8473
Buildings TH1.B85
Built Environment HD7333.A3B797
Civil Engineering TA1.C452
Construction and Building Materials TA401.C77
Construction History TH15.C58
ENR (Engineering News Record) TA1.E6 and Microfilm 02798
Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction TA658.P73
Professional Builder TH1.P7



Benzerzour, Mohamed, and others. Simulation of the urban climate variations in connection with the transformations of the city of Nantes since the 17th century. Building and environment, v. 46, Aug. 2011: 1545-1557.

Betti, Michele, and Andrea Vignoli. Numerical assessment of the static and seismic behavior of the basilica of Santa Maria all'Impruneta (Italy). Construction and building materials, v. 25, Dec. 2011: 4308-4324.

Peter, Deike, and Johannes Novy. Rail station mega-projects: overlooked centrepieces in the complex puzzle of urban restructuring in Europe. Built environment, v. 38, no. 1, 2012: 5-11.

Sandberg, Nina Holck, Havard Bergsdal, and Helge Brattebø. Historical energy analysis of the Norwegian dwelling stock. Building research and information, v. 39, Jan./Feb. 2011: 1-15.

Shipworth, Michelle. Thermostat settings in English houses: no evidence of change between 1984 and 2007. Building and environment, v. 46, Mar. 2011: 635-642.

Silveira, Dora, and others. Mechanical properties of adobe bricks in ancient constructions. Construction and building materials, v. 28, Mar. 2012: 36-44.

Skarmeas, George C. From HABS to BIM: personal experiences, thoughts, and reflections. APT bulletin, v. 41, no. 4, 2010: 47-53.



Selected Materials available in the Science Reading Room pamphlet boxes include the following:

Clark, Kate. Informed conservation: the place of research and documentation in preservation. APT bulletin, v. 41, no. 4, 2010: 5-10.

Cluver, John H., and Brad Randall. Saving energy in historic buildings: balancing efficiency and value. APT bulletin, v. 41, no. 1, 2010: 5-12.

Lavoie, Catherine C. The role of HABS in the field of architectural documentation. APT bulletin, v. 41, no. 4, 2010: 19-24.

Mallach, Alan. Demolition and preservation in shrinking US industrial cities. Building research and information, v. 39, Jul./Aug. 2011: 380-394.

Thomsen, André, Frank Schultmann, and Niklaus Kohler. Deconstruction, demolition and destruction. Building research and information, v. 39, Jul./Aug. 2011: 327-332.

Thomsen, André, and Kees van der Flier. Understanding obsolescence: a conceptual model for buildings. Building research and information, v. 39, Jul./Aug. 2011: 352-362.

Vernhes, Claude, and Serge Drabowitch. Thoughts about the acoustic properties of a closed space: an application to middle age churches in western Europe. Building acoustics, v. 17, no. 1, 2010: 35-50.



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The Internet offers a number of sites useful for finding information on buildings. Several of the organizations listed above provide links to related sites from their web sites. You might try the sites described below, or use your favorite search engine and appropriate keywords to identify more specific resources.

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

Alliance for Sustainable Built Environments

American Institute of Building Design

Architectural Research Centers Consortium

Association for Preservation Technology International

Building Commissioning Association

Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council

Building Research Council

Building Research Establishment

Construction History Society

Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

Design-Build Institute of America

Energy and Environmental Building Association

Green Builder Coalition

Green Building Initiative

Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record (HABS/HAER) Collections
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   The Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) and the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) are collections of measured drawings, photographs, and written historical and architectural information for over 31,000 structures and sites in the United States and its territories. Most of the documentation is available in the Prints and Photographs Online Catalog of the Library of Congress.
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Historic American Engineering Record (HAER)

National Academy of Building Inspection Engineers

National Association of the Remodeling Industry

National Council of Acoustical Consultants

National Park Service: Heritage Documentation Programs:
   HABS (Historic American Buildings Survey), the Federal Government's oldest preservation program, and companion programs HAER (Historic American Engineering Record), HALS (Historic American Landscapes Survey), and CRGIS (Cultural Resources Geographic Information Systems).

National Town Builders Association

Natural Building Network

Prints & Photographs Online Catalog of the Library of Congress
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U.S. Green Building Council

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