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5th Edition

The Construction of Houses

ISBN 9780080971001
Published April 11, 2013 by Estates Gazette
456 Pages

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Book Description

The fifth edition of this successful textbook is aimed specifically at those students and practitioners who require a broad understanding of building construction as part of a wider sphere of professional activity. The book provides a comprehensive introduction to the principles and practice of modern construction and services.

New to this edition are:

  • Hundreds of revised graphics to complement the fully updated text
  • New illustrations and photos printed in full colour for the first time
  • New chapters on sustainability, ventilation and windows.

This highly sought after text concentrates on principles and practice rather than details and regulations and retains it’s easy to follow format and highly accessible style. In doing so it enables the reader to demonstrate a comprehensive and genuine understanding of modern house construction and its evolution over the last 100 years.

The Construction of Houses is not only an essential read for students, surveyors, developers and planning professionals, but also the interested lay person considering their first building project.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction  2. Sustainability  3. Foundations  4. External Masonry Loadbearing Walls   5. Ground Floors  6. Upper Floors  7. Roof Structure  8. Roof Coverings  9. Partitions  10. Plastering and Dry Lining  11. Decoration  12. External Rendering  13. System Housing – Timber Frame  14. System Housing – Concrete and Steel  15. Windows, Doors and Stairs  16. Thermal Insulation and Condensation  17. Cold Water Supply  18. Hot Water Supply  19. Space Heating  20. Ventilation  21. Drainage  22. Electrical Installations

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Duncan Marshall, BSc, MCIOB, MIMBM was a Chartered Builder and Senior Lecturer at the University of the West of England, UK.

Derek Worthing, BSc, MPhil, MRICS is a Chartered Building Surveyor and was formerly a Principal Lecturer at the University of the West of England, UK. He now works as a consultant and a visiting lecturer.

Nigel Dann, BSc, MSc is a Senior Lecturer at the University of the West of England, UK.

Roger Heath, FRICS, FFB is a Chartered Building Surveyor and was formerly a Senior Lecturer at the University of the West of England, UK. He now works as a visiting lecturer.


‘An invaluable text that provides a balance of house construction history along with current techniques that is simple to read and understand. A great resource for those students commencing their studies in construction, property and surveying and it is an essential book for all students in the Department.’

Kevin Thomas, Head of Department of Property and Surveying, Northumbria University, UK

‘Its presentation is more akin to an excellent series of lectures than to a technical manual. Not only does it not overwhelm you with unnecessary detail but it also explains the underlying reasons for the use of the various technologies - precisely what is required for success in university exams, and the feature most neglected by the traditional texts. The authors also possess that rare quality amongst textbook writers - the ability to put themselves in the position of someone who is new to a subject, and to explain it logically, and in exactly the right level of detail.’

Dr Paul Chynoweth, Programme Leader, Doctorate in the Built Environment, University of Salford, UK

 'The Construction of Houses was my first text book when I went up to university; I still have it on the shelf in my office and, from my scribbled notes on the pages, I can see that I have referred to it many times over the years. The book has been an invaluable reference tool for me, and I thoroughly recommend this new edition to both students and practitioners.'

Sarah Bryant B.Sc (Hons) MRICS, Estate Surveyor for Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital, UK

'A must read for students of the construction disciplines at all levels and a go to reference source for practicing professionals. In the 5th and latest evolution of this book the authors have provided us with a wealth of new and updated content. Refreshing the basics of house construction and adding the sustainability dimension in a way that does not make it a bolt-on, but integrates it into the technology, techniques and terminology that originally established this book as a leading text on domestic construction. An all-round worthy update to its predecessors.'

Paul Laycock, Senior Lecturer, Birmingham City University, UK