This edition contains many updates and has been reorganized a bit, but the book continues to cover residential design using a room-by-room approach. Research for this edition included a deep dive into updates in green/sustainable codes, standards, and certification programs as well as environmental product declarations. We also expanded information for students related to carbon and the built environment and attempted to provide an expanded overview of human behavior, culture, and housing.
New content related to utility rooms and workspaces has been added –heavily influenced by the amount of time many people spent working from home during COVID-19 restrictions. Kitchens and bathrooms continue to be a focus, with expanded information provided in those chapters. “Smart” home elements are also covered, along with updated 2021 International Residential Code (IRC) information.
Working on a new edition requires research to determine what has changed and what has remained consistent over time. My sense is that the basics of space planning have not changed but some details do change and our expectations for residential spaces continues to evolve. Most of us lucky enough to have a home, have spent more time inside during the last year and that will surely change our expectations for residential space moving forward.
The new cover design and an example of expanded ergonomic information are shared above and below.
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