This well recognized and established book, a companion volume to the author’s book on Building Materials, explains the basics of building construction practices in an accessible style. It discusses in detail every element of building construction from start to the finish—from site preparation to provision of services (such as water supply, drainage and electricity supply). Besides, the text describes acoustics and maintenance of buildings, which are important considerations in building construction. This book is primarily designed as an introductory text for undergraduate students of civil engineering as well as those pursuing diploma courses in civil engineering and architecture. Practicing engineers and any person who has a keen interest in the construction and maintenance of his/her own building will also find the book very helpful. KEY FEATURES • Separate Appendix is given to discuss earthquake-resistant design of buildings. • Review Questions provided at the end of each chapter enable the readers recapitulate the topics. • The references to IS codes and standards make the text suitable for further study and field use. • Because of the lecture-based presentation of the subject, the text will be of considerable benefit for the young teachers for their classroom lectures. NEW TO THIS EDITION Two new appendices are added to meet the demand of the subjects of water supply as well as treatment of waste water and sewage by municipal corporations in the buildings located far away from towns and cities—Appendix F: Fresh Water from Brackish Water by Reverse Osmosis, and Appendix G: Anaerobic and Aerobic Treatment of Sewage and Waste Water.
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About the Author
P.C. VARGHESE, M.S.; M.Engg. (Harvard); Ph.D., is a distinguished teacher, a well-known consultant and an established author. He had his undergraduate education at Trivandrum Engineering College, postgraduate education in soil mechanics at Harvard University, USA (under Professor Terzaghi and Professor Casagrande) and also in reinforced concrete design at Imperial College, London (under Professor A.L.L. Baker). As a teacher, he worked as one of the founding faculty member of three well-known universities—IIT Kharagpur, IIT Madras and University of Maratuwa, Sri Lanka (here, he also served as UNESCO Chief Technical Advisor). He has good field experiences as Assistant Soil Specialist, Hirakud Dam Project in Odisha, Construction Engineer at IIT Kharagpur and UNCHS Advisor to Buildings Department, Sri Lanka. As an author, he has written a number of textbooks in the field of Civil Engineering after his retirement while working as Honorary Visiting Professor at College of Engineering, Guindy, Anna University, Chennai. Including the present book, he has written nine books—all published by PHI Learning.
Table of Contents1. Components of a Building and Building Specifications. 2. Site Preparation and Setting Out of Works. 3. Earthwork and Anti-termite Treatment. 4. Construction of Foundation. 5. Brick Masonry. 6. Block Masonry. 7. Stone Masonry. 8. Arches and Lintels. 9. DPC and Waterproofing of Basements. 10. Concrete Work. 11. Temporary Works: Formwork and Scaffolding. 12. Bending and Placing of Reinforcement in RCC Works. 13. Plastering and Pointing. 14. Flooring—General Considerations. 15. Concrete and Brick Floors. 16. Stone Floors. 17. Ceramic Tile Floors and Walls. 18. Resilient Floors. 19. Woodblock and Parquet Flooring. 20. Terrazzo Work. 21. Flat-floor and Flat-roofs Constructions. 22. Sloped Roofs. 23. Doors, Windows and Ventilators. 24. Timber Joints and Glazing. 25. Stairs and Lifts. 26. Painting. 27. Waterproofing and Weatherproofing RC Roofs & Waterproofing Wet Areas. 28. Roof Drainage and Repair of Leakage. 29. Water Supply in Buildings. 30. Drainage of Wastewater and Sewage above Ground. 31. Drainage of Foul Water below the Ground Level. 32. Electricity Supply in Buildings. 33. Common Equipment Used in Construction of Ordinary Buildings. 34. Municipal Requirements in Planning of Buildings. 35. Design of Buildings for Comfort in Hot Climates. 36. Acoustics of Buildings. 37. Welding and Structural Steelworks. 38. Joining Pipes. 39. Miscellaneous Works. 40. Maintenance of Buildings.