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Building Technology: Reference Resources

Construction terminology

There are many construction-related dictionaries and encyclopedias. The MIT Libraries also have a number of bilingual dictionaries and thesauri that may useful for translation. Search Barton for listings and location information.

Time-savers and graphic standards

The Time-Saver series is a standard reference source for architects and designers.

Besides the items listed below, subjects covered by this series range from building materials to site planning and landscape architecture. Search Barton for a complete listing.

Time-Saver Standards for Architectural Design: Technical Data for Professional Practice - Donald Watson and Michael J. Crosbie
Call Number: TH151.T55 2005

Since its release in 1946, this has been one of the most widely recognized resources for architects, engineers, and designers, bringing together the knowledge, techniques, and skills of some of the most well-known experts in the field.

Time-Saver Standards for Building Types
Call Number: NA2760.D42 2001

Architectural Graphic Standards - AIA
Call Number: TH2031.A84

Building codes

Besides MAD CAD, there are also e-books and printed copies of various building codes in our library collections.

Cost estimating

Cost data and indeces can also be found in printed form in Rotch Library. Do a TITLE KEYWORD search for "Means" and "cost data" or "estimating." Some examples are:

How to Estimate with Means Data and CostWorks, TH435.H88697 2006  (Includes a CD-rom.)

Means Estimating Handbook, TH435.M425 2003