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Building Science Resources

Building Science Resources is a bibliographic research guide that focuses on environmental quality, performance measurement, technology, materials, historical sources, and strategies for finding materials at UC Berkeley and on the Internet. For additional assistance consult the Environmental Design Library reference staff.

Construction Resources: use this guide in conjuction with Building Science Resources for Cost Data, Building Methods, Materials, Product Directories.

The Basics

Specialized Resources

UC Berkeley faculty, registered students, and staff who are off campus may use items marked UCB Only or UC Only by connecting via the Library's Proxy Service or the Virtual Private Network (VPN).

Content reviewed: February 2010. Compiled by Susan Koskinen, updated by David Eifler.

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias for terminology, illustrations, definitions, names, dates, sites, methods.

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To Find BOOKS or ARTICLES use the following SEARCH TERMS in library catalogs and indexes.

AutoCAD
Architectural drawing--Computer-aided design
Architecture and energy conservation
Architecture--details
Building - details - drawings
Buildings -- performance
Computer-Aided Design
Computer Graphics
Digital computer simulation
Heating and ventilation
Indoor air pollution
Intelligent buildings
Materials--Thermal properties Tables
Organic architecture--Computer-aided design
Ventilation Equipment and supplies
    --Design and construction.
    --Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Virtual Reality
Windows - energy conservation

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Indexes for articles on current research. (check dates of coverage) also use, Architecture Indexes

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Journals (selected) - (use the e-journals list to find others)

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Design Standards and Handbooks for standard dimensions, structural systems, illustrations and design.

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Details and Drawing

To find resources for drawing details, elements, styles, and graphic standards.

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Computer-Aided Design and Graphics

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Performance and Evaluation

For buildings, life-cycle assessment, and post-occupancy evaluation resources.

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Design Specifications

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Materials

Use Construction Resources in conjuction with Building Science Resources for Cost Data, Building Methods, Materials, and Product Directories.

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Projects, Associations, Centers and Libraries

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