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AE/CV 1001: Reference Materials

Reference Resources

Reference books are meant to provide quick access to facts. For AE purposes, reference books are going to provide information such as a recent year's estimated costs for materials.

The reference section of the library has several resources available for AE, CM, and CVE. These resources are located on the second floor. These resources are for in-house use only and may not be checked out.  

ASHRAE Handbooks

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Handbooks are essential resources in Architectural Engineering design work, particularly in the area of heating, ventilating, and cooling.

The following ASHRAE Handbooks are located in the reference section:

Newer editions of these handbooks are also available through Knovel:

Architectural Graphic Standards

This resource contains detailed information on all aspects of architecture including:

  • General planning
  • Concrete
  • Masonry
  • Metals
  • Mechanical
  • Electrical
  • Energy conservation
  • Space planning
  • Wood and plastics
  • Doors and windows
  • Special construction
  • Historic preservation

RSMeans Annual Cost and Reference Books

RSMeans is the leading supplier of cost information for developers, architects, engineers, contractors, and others. These resources can be used to make projections about costs for building and renovation projects.

Available books include:

  • Assemblies Cost Data - Call Number: REF TH435 .M43 2015
  • Building Construction Data - Call Number: REF TH 435 .M42 2015
  • Electrical Cost Data - Call Number: REF TK435 .M42 2015
  • Mechanical Cost Data - Call Number: REF TH435 .M435 2015
  • Square Foot Costs - Call Number: REF TH435 .M44 2015

The 2017 editions of these books are on order and will be added to the Reference Collection soon.

Question 5

According to RSMeans Building Construction Cost Data (2015), for Acoustical Ceilings:

a) What is the Total 2015 Bare Cost per square foot (S.F.) for Perforated alum. clip-in, 2' x 2'?
b) What is the Total 2015 Bare Cost per square foot (S.F.) for Translucent lay-in panels, 2' x 2'?

You can use either the actual reference book (REF TH 435 .M42 2015) or this scanned section of page 336 to find the answer.