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Understanding Building Failures / Edition 4

Understanding Building Failures / Edition 4

by James Douglas, Bill Ransom


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415508797
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 05/22/2013
Series: Understanding Construction Series
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

James Douglas retired as a Lecturer and Course Leader in Building Surveying at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, at the end of December 2009. He qualified as a chartered building surveyor in 1986 after over twelve years in the public sector, dealing primarily with the maintenance and adaptation of building. In 1992 the College of Estate Management appointed him as a Visiting Lecturer in Technology, teaching and tutoring building technology and maintenance technology on its Diploma in Surveying course. In December 2012, as this book was nearing completion, he passed away after a long battle with illness.

Bill Ransom was a government research scientist working for the Building Research Establishment (BRE), the Department of the Environment and the Colonial Office travelling widely abroad to help resolve problems in construction technology. He retired in 1981 as head of the Building Integrity Division of the BRE and now lives in Devon.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Building Pathology 2. Principles of Building Diagnostics 3. Basic Investigative Methodology 4. Diagnostic Techniques and Tools 5. Deterioration Mechanisms 6. Durability and Service Life Assessment 7. Moisture 8. Foundations 9. Floors, Floor Finishes and DPMs 10. Walls and DPCs 11. Cladding 12. Doors and Windows 13. Roofs 14. Services 15. Failure Patterns and Control

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'Provides well-structured content for students and practitioners; it is easily readable, written in good English and, finally, it has achieved its objective, namely, to provide a thorough knowledge for understanding building failures.' - Building Engineer

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