Albert G.H. Dietz

Albert G. H. Dietz is Professor Emeritus of Building Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

  • Dwelling House Construction, Fifth Edition

    Dwelling House Construction, Fifth Edition

    Albert G.H. Dietz

    In print since 1948, Dwelling House Construction is a homebuilding classic that covers site inspection, foundations, framing, windows, roofing and flashing, coatings, fireplaces and chimneys, insulation, hardware, plastics, mobile homes, and manufactured housing. This new edition has been substantially revised to take into account the many changes in materials and building technologies that have occurred over the past decade. The chapter on roofing has been completely revised. The chapters on coatings and plastics have been combined, as have those on manufactured and mobile housing. Sections on masonry, wood, steel, steel framing, and concrete have been added; the sections on septic tanks, balloon framing, braced framing, plaster, and standard requirements have been shortened, and specification clauses have been eliminated.

    • Hardcover $55.00
    • Paperback $50.00
  • Industrialized Building Systems for Housing

    Industrialized Building Systems for Housing

    Albert G.H. Dietz and Laurence S. Cutler

    The editors of this informative volume assert that "The United States today—at a time when more housing is needed than ever—does not exploit existing building technologies to the fullest. The tools are available, but the constraints are an obstacle. The latter can only be overcome by a determined, concerted effort by all elements of the building industry."

    The increasing importance of industrialized building, as the demand for housing accelerates and outstrips the capacity of traditional construction methods to provide it, is highlighted by this book, whose very publication should give new impetus to the industrialized building trend. Based on two special summer programs held at M.I.T., it contains contributions from experts in areas ranging from urban politics to systems analysis and materials technology. It offers a strict examination of the underlying principles involved in industrialization and the types of building systems now evolving, particularly in housing. Building by such methods demands the total integration of all subsystems and components into an overall process utilizing industrialized production, transportation, and assembly techniques. The principles uncovered are applied to the development and use of specific systems and techniques both in the United States and abroad. These include monolithic systems (boxes), panels, frames, mobile homes, mechanical units and components, and such special construction techniques as the use of lift slabs and slipforms.

    In addition to the developing technology, the book also examines the "morphology of systems and urbanization." Basic policies are proposed which need to be set at a national level if the supply of housing is to keep effectively abreast of local needs. An effort is made to face the problem in its totality and to suggest integrated solutions that recognize such diverse factors as the principles of design, performance standards, the effect of building codes, volume production, building modules, the problems of evaluation, the introduction of innovation, governmental policy, labor, and finally, the necessary organization for production. Examples of existing industrialized systems are discussed in relation to these factors in some detail and are illustrated with numerous photographs.

    • Hardcover $45.00
    • Paperback $35.00
  • Dwelling House Construction, 4th, Revised

    Albert G.H. Dietz

    Since its original publication in 1946, this book has become a classic, used by home builders and others—such as owners and purchasers—involved in construction or altering dwelling houses. Except for the “mechanical” parts—heating, plumbing, and electrical services—which are specialties bot included here, the book covers the subject of dwelling house construction from bottom to top; from inspecting and preparing a site to the design of fireplaces and chimneys and the construction of roofs. There are chapters on foundations, framing, windows, roofing and flashing, insulation, and hardware. New chapters were added when the fourth edition was first published in 1974 dealing with plastics, mobile homes, and manufactured housing; and manufactured housing; and the chapter on coatings was substantially rewritten.

    The fourth edition is thus “an amalgam of new material and those parts of the old material that remain pertinent,” in the author's words. “Its basic premise is unchanged: to present those principles of dwelling house construction that underlie good construction and do not change with whim and fashion.”

    • Hardcover $30.00
    • Paperback $15.95
  • Plastics for Architects and Builders

    Plastics for Architects and Builders

    Albert G.H. Dietz

    The objective of this "primer" on plastics is to acquaint the architect, designer, builder, and contractor with polymers and their potentialities in building, including not only structural aspects but interior, decorative, and lighting applications as well. The user of this book will obtain basic, essential knowledge of the nature and the applicability of these versatile materials. While it does not attempt to cover the entire field, it provides a firm groundwork in an area that could well profit from a knowledge of fundamental facts; equipped with this information the architect or builder can avoid trial-and-error methods in the employment of the plastics medium in building. The book begins with an extensive series of examples, including a number of four-color plates, thus providing a visual introduction or sample "case history" of the many uses of plastics in modern architecture. The text classifies polymers into simple groupings of application in building, describes their general properties, and sets forth composite materials and assemblies based on plastics, expounding the principal methods of fabrication as they affect uses. The parts of a building and the ways in which plastics can be employed are described in detail. The text is liberally supported by sketches and tables, clearly and usefully presented. The generic names and properties of the principal plastics currently in structural use and their applications in construction work and utility appliances are summarized in comprehensive form.

    • Paperback $25.00
  • Composite Engineering Laminates

    Albert G.H. Dietz

    Composite materials are combinations or fabrications of several materials acting in concert, often called upon to provide properties unattainable by the constituents acting alone. Their combined action is frequently of a different order of magnitude, or quite different in character, from the behavior of the constituents. The components may be selected from the same basic material or from different materials.

    Thoroughly covering the extensive and rapid development of the field of composite laminates over the last twenty years, the major portion of this work consists of new contributions. Where still applicable, some parts of an earlier book on the subject have been incorporated in the text.

    The emphasis of this work on laminates is on composites which are useful from an engineering standpoint and which differ significantly in their new properties of the original constituents. Beginning with a general theoretical description of the structural properties of these materials, the book contains sixteen chapters each written by a specialist in the particular area covered.

    Specific composites such as reinforced plastics, laminated glass, plywood, laminated timbers, fiber-structural sandwiches (composites of lightweight cores and denser, stronger skins), thermostat metals, laminates of aluminum alloys, stainless-steel-clad metals, nonferrous-clad plate steels, hard-surfaced layers on metals produced by welding, flame-sprayed coatings, and glassed steel are treated. Where it is necessary to clarify the engineering application of the material, the manufacturing and fabricating procedures are discussed; particular applications and economics are also included when these elements are linked to the principal function of the subject matter which is the exposition of engineering aspects. Certain surfaced materials (plated, galvanized, and other similar thinly coated materials) in which the surface is essentially only a protective coating, are not treated. Illustrations, tables, bibliography, index.

    • Hardcover $60.00
  • Housing in Latin America

    Housing in Latin America

    Albert G.H. Dietz, Marcia N. Koth, and Julio A. Silva

    The population of Latin America is increasing at an even greater rate than that of Asia—creating a housing situation that “is enormously complex, pressing, and of paramount importance in the overall social and economic well-being of Latin America.”

    This book is one in a series of studies undertaken by the Inter-American Program of the Civil Engineering Department at M.I.T. It is based on the belief that the combined efforts of sociologists, economists, political scientists, architects, engineers, and builders are required to find solutions for the housing problems in Latin America. For the first time these problems are examined from the demographic and sociological standpoints as well as from the technological aspects of materials, methods of construction, and research. Emphasis is given to such specific problems as the housing shortage resulting from massive population shifts from rural to urban areas, the absence of long-term financing, the unstable currencies resulting in inflation and erosion of values, the archaic bureaucratic red tape and petty regulations, and the lack of skilled personnel.

    The authors clearly define these problems and then proceed to point out the exciting, yet untapped potential for Latin American housing construction in the areas of faster and more efficient methods of construction, expansion of facilities for materials manufacture, employment of systems using unskilled and semi-skilled labor to advantage, and widespread introduction of low-cost materials that have not previously been used in the area.

    The authors have traveled and studied extensively in Latin America and their informative and valuable study is based on first-hand observations, thorough examination of literature and original documents, and interviews with authorities familiar with many facets of the problem.

    Civil engineers, builders, architects, city planners, sociologists, economists, and political scientists will find this study interesting. Because of the broad treatment of the subject, many nonspecialists who are interested in Latin America will also find this a fascinating book.

    Housing in Latin America is a volume in The M.I.T. Report Series.

    • Hardcover $10.00