Building Surveys  book cover
8th Edition

Building Surveys

ISBN 9780415635844
Published March 22, 2013 by Routledge
374 Pages

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Book Description

Building Surveys has been a trusted guide for both students and professionals for over 30 years, evolving throughout its eight editions to address the challenges and responsibilities of the building surveying role. It covers everything needed for initial inspections such as equipment, know-how and procedures to writing an accurate report, making it indispensable to those practicing in or studying this field.

  • This updated eighth edition features new material on modern methods of construction, and the drive for green homes.

  • Essential reading for building construction students, professional surveyors, and others who may be required to inspect and report on buildings.

  • Illustrated throughout with colour photos showing examples of building defects in full detail.

All the structural aspects of property surveying are explained, covering foundations, walls and roofs as well as what to look out for, and how to deal with problems. Materials and techniques no longer in use are covered as well as new technologies, so the reader is prepared for anything they might encounter. Legal considerations and recent cases are also used to illustrate good working practice, making this an extremely practical companion to the subject.

Table of Contents

Preface  Introduction  1. Surveyors and their Instructions  2. House Surveys  3. Foundations  4. Walls  5. Floors  6. Roofs and Chimneys  7. Joinery and Carpentry  8. Finishes and Surfaces  9. Services  10. Modern Methods of Construction and the Drive for Green Homes  11. The Report  12. Traffic Light and other Pro-Forma Reports  13. Reports on Non-Residential Buildings  14. Reports on Flats and Apartments  15. New Buildings and Buildings under Construction  16. Reports on Older Buildings  17. Reports on Leasehold Properties  18. Reports for Prospective Mortgagees  19. A Typical Building Survey Report  20. Legal Considerations  21. Dilapidations  22. Conservation and the Surveyor  23. The Surveyor as an Expert Witness  Glossary  Bibliography  List of Court Cases  Useful Addresses

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Peter Glover FRICS is a chartered surveyor working in London.