BUILDING CONSTRUCTION HANDBOOK

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BUILDING CONSTRUCTION HANDBOOK


CONTENTS

Preface  to  eighth  edition   xi
Part  One   General
Built environment   2
The structure   5
Primary and secondary elements   12
Component parts and functions   15
Construction activities   19
Construction documents   20
Construction drawings   21
Building survey   28
HIPs/Energy Performance Certificates   32
Method statement and programming   33
Weights and densities of building materials   35
Imposed floor loads   37
Drawings -- notations   38
Planning application   42
Modular coordination   47
Construction regulations   49
CDM regulations   50
Safety signs and symbols   51
Building Regulations   53
Code for Sustainable Homes   62
British Standards   63
European Standards   64
Product and practice accreditation   66
CPI System of Coding   67
CI/SfB system of coding   68
Part  Two   Site  Works
Site survey   70
Site investigations   71
Soil investigation   74
Soil assessment and testing   81
Site layout considerations   88
Site security   91
Site lighting and electrical supply   94
Site office accommodation   98
vMaterials storage   101
Materials testing   106
Dry and wet rot   121
Protection orders for trees and structures   123
Locating public utility services   124
Setting out   125
Levels and angles   129
Road construction   132
Tubular scaffolding and scaffolding systems   140
Shoring systems   153
Demolition   162
Part  Three   Builders  Plant
General considerations   168
Bulldozers   171
Scrapers   172
Graders   173
Tractor shovels   174
Excavators   175
Transport vehicles   180
Hoists   183
Rubble chutes and skips   185
Cranes   186
Concreting plant   198
Part  Four   Substructure
Foundations -- function, materials and sizing   206
Foundation beds   215
Short bored pile foundations   221
Foundation types and selection   223
Piled foundations   228
Retaining walls   248
Gabions and mattresses   262
Basement construction   269
Waterproofing basements   272
Excavations   278
Concrete production   284
Cofferdams   290
Caissons   292
Underpinning   294
Ground water control   303
Soil stabilisation and improvement   313
Reclamation of waste land   318
Contaminated sub-soil treatment   319
Contents
viPart  Five   Superstructure † 1
Choice of materials   322
Brick and block walls   323
Cavity walls   338
Damp-proof courses and membranes   344
Gas resistant membranes   351
Calculated brickwork   353
Mortars   356
Arches and openings   359
Windows   366
Glass and glazing   379
Doors   391
Crosswall construction   400
Framed construction   404
Rendering to external walls   408
Cladding to external walls   410
Roofs † basic forms   417
Pitched roofs   420
Double lap tiling   437
Single lap tiling   439
Slating   441
Flat roofs   447
Dormer windows     456
Green roofs   465
Thermal insulation   467
‘U’ values   472
Thermal bridging   488
Access for the disabled   492
Part  Six   Superstructure † 2
Reinforced concrete slabs   496
Reinforced concrete framed structures   500
Reinforcement types     510
Structural concrete, fire protection   513
Formwork   516
Precast concrete frames   521
Prestressed concrete   525
Structural steelwork sections   532
Structural steelwork connections   537
Structural fire protection   542
Portal frames   549
Composite timber beams   557
Multi-storey structures   560
Roof sheet coverings   564
Contents
viiLong span roofs   569
Shell roof construction   579
Membrane roofs   588
Rooflights   590
Panel walls   594
Rainscreen cladding   600
Structural glazing   602
Curtain walling   603
Concrete claddings   607
Concrete surface finishes   614
Concrete surface defects   616
Part  Seven   Internal  Construction  and  Finishes
Internal elements   618
Internal walls   619
Construction joints   624
Internal walls, fire protection   626
Party/separating walls   628
Partitions   629
Strut design   631
Plasters and plastering   636
Dry lining techniques   639
Plasterboard   642
Wall tiling   645
Domestic floors and finishes   647
Large cast in-situ ground floors   654
Concrete floor screeds   656
Timber suspended floors   658
Lateral restraint   661
Timber beam design   664
Timber floors, fire protection   667
Reinforced concrete suspended floors   668
Precast concrete floors   673
Raised access floors   678
Sound insulation   679
Timber, concrete and metal stairs   685
Internal doors   716
Doorsets   718
Fire resisting doors   719
Plasterboard ceilings   725
Suspended ceilings   726
Paints and painting   730
Joinery production   734
Composite boarding   739
Plastics in building   741
Contents
viiiPart  Eight   Domestic  Services
Drainage effluents   746
Subsoil drainage   747
Surface water removal   749
Road drainage   752
Rainwater installations   754
Drainage systems   758
Drainage---pipe sizes and gradients   766
Water supply   767
Cold water installations   769
Hot water installations   771
Flow controls   774
Cisterns and cylinders   775
Pipework joints   777
Sanitary fittings   778
Single and ventilated stack systems   781
Hot water heating systems   784
Electrical supply and installation   788
Gas supply and gas fires   797
Open fireplaces and flues   801
Telephone installations   811
Electronic communications installations   812

Index   813
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