This handy pocket book brings together a wealth of useful information that architects need on a daily basis – on-site or in the studio. It provides clear guidance and invaluable detail on a wide range of issues, from planning policy through environmental design to complying with Building Regulations, from structural and services matters to materials characteristics and detailing. This fifth edition includes the updating of regulations, standards and sources across a wide range of topics.
Compact and easy to use, the Architect’s Pocket Book has sold well over 90,000 copies to the nation’s architects, architecture students, designers and construction professionals who do not have an architectural background but need to understand the basics, fast.
This is the famous little blue book that you can’t afford to be without.
Table of Contents
Preface to the Fifth Edition. Acknowledgements to the Fifth Edition. 1. General Information. The Architect’s role in the 21st Century. Climate maps. Metric system. Metric units. Temperature. Imperial units. Conversion factors. Greek alphabet. Roman numerals. Geometric data. Paper sizes. CAD. BIM. Drawing conventions. Perspective drawing – method of setting up. NBS. The classifications. 2. Planning Policy and Guidance. Planning and other permissions. Party Wall Awards. Building Regulations 2010. Dampness in buildings. Construction Design and Management Regulations. Standards – in the construction industry. Costs, Fees, Appointments and Law. Sustainability, energy saving and green issues. Anthropometric data. Furniture and fittings data. Sanitary provision for public buildings. An introduction to plant selection. Hedges. Trees. 3. Structures. Eurocodes. Foundation types. Masonry Structures. Timber frame construction. Weights of materials. Newtons. Imposed loads. Wind loads. Fire resistance. Bending moments and beam formulae. Safe loads on subsoils. Timber. Brickwork and blockwork. Concrete. Steelwork. Lintels. Precast concrete floors. 4. Services. Drainage. Rainwater disposal. Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS). Water supply regulations. Water storage. U-values. R-values. K-values. Conservation of fuel and power. Heat losses. Central heating and hot water systems. Ventilation. Electrical installation. Lighting. Sound. Home Technology Integration. 5. Building Elements. Stairs and balustrades. Fireplaces. Chimneys and Flues. Doors. Windows. Pitched roof windows. Flat rooflights. Security fittings. 6. Materials. Concrete. Brickwork and Blockwork. Stonework. Damp proof courses and membranes. Plaster and render. Metals. Insulation. Roofing. Glass. Glass blocks. Timber. Building boards. Plastics. Nails and screws. Colour. Stains. Paints. Addresses/Sources. Bibliography/Sources. Index.
Jonathan Hetreed and Ann Ross have drawn from decades of experience of running their own architects’ practice in Bath to update and extend the scope of this latest edition of Charlotte Baden-Powell’s APB, reflecting continuing changes in design, construction and practice, incorporating new contributions from consultants and suppliers while retaining the compact scale and lively detail of the original.
Charlotte Baden-Powell was trained at the Architectural Association in London. She practised architecture for over 40 years, during which time she identified the need for this book, first published in 1997 and still incisively relevant today.
'It is twelve years since I recommended to Charlotte Baden-Powell that the future editions of her little Architect’s Pocket Book would be safe in the hands of former FCBS partner Jonathan Hetreed. The succession has worked very well and the Pocket Book continues to be a best seller. Its appeal is comprehensive accessibility: it covers all those pragmatic necessities.
As we all know it’s very difficult to reduce everything to the essence of what is important, - to eliminate the superfluous, condense and minimise. So scale is important in many respects – the physical scale of the book, and the scale of the architecture covered- It is derived from the world of smaller scale architecture though most of its contents are useful across the board. The latest version has an updated section on sustainability and climate change, and a rewritten section on engineering. Some sections have been weeded out to ensure that only the essentials are retained. But there is also a whimsical quality that Charlotte really valued which acts as a counterpoint to the editorial rigour. So it is great to see that the platonic solids are still there, and the coastal weather stations, and Charlotte’s husband’s glass of wine is still on the illustration of the "workstation"
In an era where Google has a screen-based answer to everything, it is slightly incongruous to find the Pocket Book adjacent to the multi-screened architectural workstations that now inhabit our offices. Despite rising sales of the e-book version the paper copy continues to be a best seller for architects, and particularly students. It provides a simple quick reference for virtually everything you need to know on a day by day basis. It belongs in every student’s studio-survival pack, with which they can begin to navigate the quantitative labyrinth of being an architect.'
Peter Clegg, Senior Partner, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios