We spend most of our lives in buildings and almost every building is unique. The purpose of this book is to explain what buildings are and to provide an integrated overview of how they are built and sustained.
The book does not presume any specialist knowledge of buildings, seeking instead to explain why the different groups involved in designing, constructing, managing and occupying them follow certain procedures. It is particularly concerned with the generation and circulation of information between these groups. In taking this view, the book considers the recommendations of Sir Michael Latham's 1994 report Constructing the Team which called for better cohesion and communication between specialists in the construction industry.
Table of Contents
Our built enironments. Internal environment. External environment. Building structure. Improving our built environments. Scheme design. Design efficiency. Detail design. Communicating the design. Construction. Total building process. Managing projects. Dimensional relations. Products quantities. Process durations. Business environment. Cost analysis and cost equivalents. Contracts. Estimating and tendering. Pricing bills of quantities. Managing cost and value. Appendices.
'...a valuable addition to the body of published work which addresses the totality of the design and construction process... provides a useful broad sweep of the panorama of construction. - Construction Manager