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9780070268883 This reference encompasses the entire language of architecture and construction. Featuring concise definitions of terms used in everyday practice, and written clearly for the specialist and non-specialist alike, the book contains over 2000 entries on: architectural styles and specifications; traditional and new building products and materials; units, assemblies, systems, and modules; tools, devices, machines, and equipment; air conditioning, heating, refrigeration, water, waste disposal systems; and foundations and structures. Moreover, the book covers such diverse areas as the history of architecture (with terminology from the classical, medieval, and renaissance periods), urban planning, landscape architecture, and architectural engineering, as well as purchasing and manufacturing. With the input and approval of several standards groups and professional committees, and with 52 contributing experts, its accuracy is guaranteed.