The sixth edition of The Construction of Houses builds on the success of the previous five editions. The book provides a comprehensive introduction to the principles and processes of the construction of houses and their services. As such it is aimed at providing a broad understanding of domestic building construction for students as part of their academic studies and as a useful information source for practitioners.
The existing chapters have all been updated and most of them expanded to take account of changes to dwelling house construction since the last edition and there are new chapters on ‘Modern Methods of Construction’ and ‘Regulatory controls and building standards’. Additionally, many new and/or updated photographs and diagrams have been added.
As with the previous editions, the authors have concentrated on presenting current mainstream approaches to the construction of houses. The detailed, yet accessible, text that is supported by hundreds of coloured photographs and diagrams provides clear explanations of the many complex processes that go into the building of a house. A deeper insight into modern construction is also given by the book’s consideration of historical building techniques from the 18th century onwards in order to illustrate how and why we build houses in the way we do now.
1. Introduction 2. Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) 3. Regulatory controls and building standards 4. Sustainable Homes 5. Thermal insulation. 6. Foundations 7. External masonry load-bearing walls 8. Roof structure 9. Roof coverings 10. Ground floors 11. Upper floors 12. Internal partitions and walls 13. Internal plastering and dry-lining 14. External rendering 15. Internal and external decoration 16. Timber frame system housing 17. Concrete and steel system housing 18. Windows, doors and stairs 19. Ventilation 20. Cold water services 21. Space heating 22. Hot water services 23. Drainage 24. Electrical installations