Residential Construction Academy,
5th Edition

Mark Huth

ISBN-13: 9781337913829
Copyright 2020 | Published
368 pages | List Price: USD $162.95

Prepare for a successful career in the building trades with RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION ACADEMY: BASIC PRINCIPLES FOR CONSTRUCTION, Fifth Edition. This reader-friendly, highly visual, full-color book was created in partnership with the Home Builders Institute (HBI) and based on National Skill Standards for residential construction, so you can be confident you’ll gain the knowledge and skills you need to succeed. The new edition includes updates to give you the latest information on today's industry standards, current technology and techniques, and practices you’ll likely encounter on the job. You’ll also learn essential ideas and skills to help you launch and grow your career, including work ethics, safety procedures, construction mathematics, communications, print reading, and common tools.


1. Organization of the Industry.
2. Working in the Industry.
3. Green Construction.
4. Jobsite Safety.
5. Safety with Ladders, Scaffolds, and Machines.
6. Whole Numbers.
7. Decimals.
8. Fractions.
9. Linear Measure.
10. Percent (Percentage).
11. Area and Volume.
12. Right Angles.
13. Combined Operations.
14. Hand Tools-Selection, Use and Care.
15. Power Tools-Selection, Use, and Care.
16. Fasteners.
17. Adhesives and Sealants
18. Rigging.
20. Scales.
21. Alphabet of Lines.
22. Use of Symbols.
23. Plan Views.
24. Elevations.
25. Sections and Details.
Appendix A.
Appendix B.

  • Mark Huth

    Mark Huth is a former editor at Cengage Learning, a role that took him inside hundreds of classrooms and allowed him to glean the best teaching methods for his students and readers. He travels extensively throughout North America, gaining first-hand knowledge of construction methods and materials. In addition to UNDERSTANDING CONSTRUCTION DRAWINGS and BASIC PRINCIPLES FOR CONSTRUCTION, he is the author of several other respected texts on construction principles, technology, and mathematics. Mr. Huth has also taught high school building construction and worked as a professional carpenter and subcontractor. He holds a master of science degree in curriculum and instruction, as well as permanent certification in building construction from the New York State Education Department.

  • A new chapter focused on adhesives and sealants provides helpful exposure to these common products used in residential construction.

  • Additional coverage of nail guns and nail types gives students helpful exposure to this essential equipment used in today's building trades.

  • Comprehensive coverage of a broad range of professional topics makes this a must-have resource for students interested in entering the industry.

  • Vibrant, full-color photos and detailed illustrations help bring important concepts to life and familiarize students with the latest equipment and procedures.

  • The author includes useful information on basic math concepts, work ethic guidelines, and other practical professional topics often omitted from traditional building trades books.

  • Summaries at the end of every chapter give students a convenient and effective way to review key concepts, assess their understanding, and prepare for assignments or exams.

  • Videos, interactive simulations, and additional information relevant to the text are available on the series website:

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