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Preface ix How to Navigate this Book xi 1 Introduction 1 1.1 The construction process 1 1.2 The function and performance of buildings 2 1.3 Building: the (de?carbonised) product 5 1.4 Responding to climate change 6 1.5 General principles of construction 8 1.6 Regulations and approvals 11 1.7 Making choices and sources of information 12 Chapter 2 AT A GLANCE 15 2 Site Analysis, Set?Up, Drainage and Scaffolding 17 2.1 Site analysis 17 2.2 Site set?up and security 30 2.3 Site drainage 34 2.4 Foul drainage 41 2.5 Scaffolding 68 Chapter 3 AT A GLANCE 91 3 Ground Stability and Foundations 93 3.1 Bedrock and soil types 93 3.2 Ground stability 100 3.3 Foundations: Functional requirements 104 3.4 Foundation construction 116 3.5 Strip foundations 126 3.6 Pad foundations 137 3.7 Raft foundations 145 3.8 Short?bored pile foundations 153 3.9 Precast pile and beam foundation systems 155 Chapter 4 AT A GLANCE 157 4 Floors 159 4.1 Functional requirements 159 4.2 Ground?supported concrete floor slab 162 4.3 Suspended concrete floor slabs 170 4.4 Suspended timber ground floors 176 4.5 Reinforced concrete upper floors 179 4.6 Timber upper floors 184 4.7 Floor finishes 193 Chapter 5 AT A GLANCE 203 5 Loadbearing Walls 205 5.1 Functional requirements 205 5.2 Walling materials 212 5.3 Mortar 223 5.4 Bonding bricks and blocks 227 5.5 Damp?proof courses (DPCs) 233 5.6 Solid wall construction 241 5.7 Cavity wall construction 270 5.8 Internal and party walls 298 5.9 Straw wall construction 299 5.10 Earth wall construction 305 Chapter 6 AT A GLANCE 311 6 Roofs 313 6.1 Functional requirements 313 6.2 Pitched roofs 317 6.3 Pitched roof coverings 338 6.4 Sheet metal covering to low?pitched roofs 356 6.5 Thermal insulation to pitched roofs 359 6.6 Flat roofs 365 6.7 Timber flat roof construction 367 6.8 Concrete flat roofs 384 6.9 Thermal insulation to flat roofs 387 6.10 Parapet walls 392 6.11 Green roofs 396 6.12 Roof drainage 400 Chapter 7 AT A GLANCE 409 7 Windows 411 7.1 Functional requirements 411 7.2 Window types 436 7.3 Window frames 446 7.4 Glass and glazing 473 7.5 Hardware 488 7.6 Window cills 489 Chapter 8 AT A GLANCE 497 8 Doors 499 8.1 Functional requirements 499 8.2 Door types 504 8.3 Door frames and linings 525 8.4 Hardware 540 Chapter 9 AT A GLANCE 547 9 Stairs and Ramps 549 9.1 Functional requirements 551 9.2 Materials, terms and definitions 553 9.3 Types of stairs 562 9.4 Timber staircases 563 9.5 Stone stairs 574 9.6 Reinforced concrete stairs 576 9.7 Structural glass stairs 580 9.8 Ramps 581 Chapter 10 AT A GLANCE 585 10 Surface Finishes 587 10.1 Functional requirements 587 10.2 Wall and ceiling finishes 589 10.3 Skirtings, architraves and kitchen cabinets 604 10.4 Tiling to walls 608 10.5 Painting and decorating 609 Chapter 11 AT A GLANCE 617 11 Internal Environment and Energy Supply 619 11.1 Principles and performance requirements 619 11.2 Heat loss calculations 621 11.3 Indoor climate control 632 11.4 Energy sources 636 11.5 Solid fuel-burning appliances 641 11.6 Domestic gas installations 657 11.7 Domestic electrical supply and installations 662 11.8 Artificial lighting 680 11.9 Testing and monitoring thermal performance 683 Chapter 12 AT A GLANCE 689 12 Water Supply and Sanitation 691 12.1 Cold water supply and distribution 691 12.2 Hot water supply and distribution 700 12.3 Water services to multi?storey buildings 708 12.4 Pipes for water supply 717 12.5 Sanitary appliances 721 Index 743

About the Author

Stephen Emmitt, BA (Hons), Dip. Arch, MA (Prof. Ed.), PhD, is Head of the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering and Professor of Architectural Practice at the University of Bath. He is a registered architect with industrial experience and has taught architectural technology and architectural detailing across a wide range of built environment programmes in the UK, Europe, and Asia.

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