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Barry's Introduction to Construction of Buildings, 4th Edition

Barry's Introduction to Construction of Buildings, 4th Edition

Stephen Emmitt

ISBN: 978-1-118-97716-3

Oct 2018, Wiley-Blackwell

832 pages

Select type: Paperback




An authoritative, well-established, comprehensive, practical, and highly illustrated guide to construction practice

Based mainly on domestic and residential buildings—and filled with extensive illustrations throughout—this concise text is the ideal introduction to the subject of building construction. It provides the basic material that readers need in order to understand the construction process for the majority of low rise buildings. The book explains construction technology through the key functional and performance requirements for the main elements common to all buildings. With a strong focus on building efficiency and meeting the challenges posed by limiting the environmental impact of buildings, and new “at a glance” summaries allowing you to grasp the salient points of each chapter, readers will find the text fully up to date with the latest building regulations and construction technology.

Barry’s Introduction to Construction of Buildings, Fourth Edition starts by taking an in-depth look at the construction process and general principles of construction. It then offers comprehensive chapter coverage of site analysis, set-up, drainage and scaffolding; ground stability and foundations; floors, walls, doors, windows, roofs, stairs, and ramps; surface finishes; internal environment and energy supply; and water supply and sanitation.

  • Deals with design, technology, site assembly, and environmental issues of domestic and residential buildings
  • Thoroughly updated, with particular attention paid to the concept of building efficiency and improved integration of the topics covered to match current student needs
  • New “at a glance” summaries at the beginning of each chapter
  • A companion to Barry's Advanced Construction of Buildings, Fourth Edition

Barry’s Introduction to Construction of Buildings is an excellent source of information for undergraduate students and those working towards similar NQF level 5 and 6 qualifications in building and construction.


How to navigate this book

Chapter 1 Introduction

1.1   The construction process

1.2   The function and performance of buildings (Part One)

1.3   Building: the decarbonised product

1.4   Responding to climate change

1.5   General principles of construction

1.6   Regulations and approvals

1.7   Making choices and sources of information

Chapter 2 Site analysis, set-up, drainage and scaffolding

2.1   Site analysis

2.2   Site set-up and security

2.3   Site drainage

2.4   Foul drainage

2.5   Scaffolding

Chapter 3 Ground stability and foundations

3.1   Bedrock and soil types

3.2   Ground stability

3.3   Foundations: functional requirements

3.4   Foundation construction

3.5   Strip foundations

3.6   Pad foundations

3.7   Raft foundations

3.8   Short-bored pile foundations

Chapter 4 Floors

4.1   Functional requirements

4.2   Ground supported concrete slab

4.3   Suspended concrete floor slabs

4.4   Suspended timber ground floors

4.5   Reinforced concrete upper floors

4.6   Timber upper floors

4.7   Floor finishes

Chapter 5 Loadbearing walls

5.1   Functional requirements

5.2   Walling materials

5.3   Mortar

5.4   Bonding bricks and blocks

5.5   Damp-proof courses

5.6   Solid wall construction

5.7   Cavity wall construction

5.8   Internal and party walls

5.9   Straw bale construction

5.10  Earth wall construction

Chapter 6  Roofs

6.1   Functional requirements

6.2   Pitched roofs

6.3   Pitched roof coverings

6.4   Sheet metal coverings to low pitch roofs

6.5   Thermal insulation to pitched roofs

6.6   Flat roofs

6.7   Timber flat roof construction

6.8   Concrete flat roofs

6.9   Thermal insulation to flat roofs

6.10  Parapet walls

6.11  Green roofs

Chapter 7 Windows

7.1   Functional requirements

7.2   Window types

7.3   Window frames

7.4   Glass and glazing

7.5   Hardware

7.6   Window cills

Chapter 8 Doors

8.1   Functional requirements

8.2   Door types

8.3   Door frames and linings

8.4   Hardware

Chapter 9 Stairs and ramps

9.1   Functional requirements

9.2   Materials, terms and definitions

9.3   Types of stair

9.4   Timber staircases

9.5   Stone stairs

9.6   Reinforced concrete stairs

9.7   Structural glass stairs

9.8   Ramps

Chapter 10  Surface finishes

10.1  Functional requirements

10.2  Wall and ceiling finishes

10.3  Skirtings, architraves and kitchen cabinets

10.4  Tiling to walls

10.5  Painting and decorating

Chapter 11 Internal environment and energy supply

11.1  Principles and performance requirements

11.2  Heat loss calculations

11.3  Indoor climate control

11.4  Energy sources

11.5  Solid fuel-burning appliances

11.6  Domestic gas installations

11.7  Domestic electrical supply and installations

11.8  Artificial lighting

11.9 Testing and monitoring thermal performance

Chapter 12 Water supply and sanitation

12.1  Cold water supply and distribution

12.2  Hot water supply and distribution

12.3  Water services to multi-storey buildings

12.4  Pipes for water supply

12.5  Sanitary appliances