1st Edition

Modern Methods of Construction and Innovative Materials

By Arthur Lyons Copyright 2024
    254 Pages 139 Color & 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    254 Pages 139 Color & 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    254 Pages 139 Color & 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This new textbook has two main themes. The first is Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) which is the off-site manufacture of a wide spectrum of products, ranging from whole buildings to be transported onto site, down to smaller units or components for site integration. The second theme describes the innovation and progress towards carbon zero by the major generators of CO2 in the construction industry – namely cement, steel and masonry.

    The first section of the book describes and illustrates with photographs, the major forms of Modern Methods of Construction. These include fully completed 3D units, panelised systems, pods, sub-assemblies and on-site MMC. The section on Innovative Materials then describes a wide range of construction products which are entering into the built environment sector. Some new entrants are variants on well-established construction materials such as steel and concrete. Materials such as these will remain major construction materials for the foreseeable future, but their composition and manufacturing processes will inevitably have to change. Timber also will remain a major construction material, but sustainable sourcing is key and its utilisation as cross-lamination timber (CLT) or as modified timber is rapidly developing. As a result, students and practitioners must familiarise themselves with these materials, their composition, and various uses.

    The book goes on to describe variants of other traditional building products, such as glass, plastic and insulation, which are undergoing major developments leading towards enhanced environmental sustainability, as well as many emergent materials, some of which are likely to be significant in future. Modern Methods of Construction and Innovative Materials is the only book combining these important elements of the future of the industry in an easy-to-read guide for students and new practitioners. It is essential reading for anyone studying and working in the built environment, be they architects, construction managers, surveyors or engineers.

    About the Author




    Chapter 1  Context

    Chapter 2  Introduction to Modern Methods of Construction

    Chapter 3  Modern Methods of Construction – Categories and Benefits

    Chapter 4  Off-Site Modern Methods of Construction

    Chapter 5  On-Site Modern Methods of Construction

    Chapter 6 Transportation and Installation

    Chapter 7 Foundations

    Chapter 8 Fire

    Chapter 9 Innovative Materials – Introduction

    Chapter 10 Masonry and Alternative Units

    Chapter 11 Cement, Concrete and Clay

    Chapter 12 Timber and Related Products

    Chapter 13 Ferrous and Non-ferrous Metals

    Chapter 14 Glass

    Chapter 15 Stone and Ceramics

    Chapter 16 Plastics

    Chapter 17 Plaster

    Chapter 18 Insulation Materials

    Chapter 19 Paints and Surface Treatments

    Chapter 20 Biophilic Design

    Chapter 21 Acoustic Control

    Chapter 22 General Recycling

    Chapter 23 Carbon Storage




    Arthur Lyons studied science at Trinity Hall Cambridge, Warwick and Leicester Universities and has a postgraduate diploma in architectural building conservation. Lyons was honoured with life membership of the Leicestershire and Rutland Society of Architects. Since retiring from teaching in the School of Architecture of De Montfort University, Leicester, where he is an honorary research fellow, he has authored several books on construction materials including Materials for Architects and Builders, now in its sixth edition.