Barry's Introduction to Construction of Buildings. 3rd Edition

  • ID: 2741532
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  • 808 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Robin Barry's
Construction of Buildings was first published in 1958 in 5 volumes, rapidly becoming a standard text on construction. In its current 2 volume format Barry remains hugely popular with both students and lecturers of construction and related disciplines.

The third edition of Barry s Introduction to Construction of Buildings provides the basic material you will need to understand the construction process for the majority of low rise buildings. Construction technology is explained and illustrated through the key functional and performance requirements for the main elements common to all buildings. With a stronger focus on building efficiency and meeting the challenges posed by limiting the environmental impact of buildings, you will find the text fully up to date with the latest building regulations and construction technologies. Particular attention has been paid to the careful integration of all topics, helping you to link concepts and follow related material.

The new edition, with supporting website at <a href="[external URL] provides the ideal introduction to construction technology
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Preface vii

Acknowledgements ix

About the Companion Website x

1 Introduction 1

1.1 The function and performance of buildings 1

1.2 Environmental factors 4

1.3 General principles of construction 6

1.4 Regulations and approvals 11

1.5 Making choices and sources of information 13

2 Site Analysis and Set–Up 15

2.1 Function of the site analysis 15

2.2 The desk–top study 16

2.3 Site reconnaissance 19

2.4 Soil investigations 23

2.5 The performance appraisal 34

2.6 Site set–up and security 34

3 Groundwork and Foundations 38

3.1 Functional requirements 38

3.2 Bedrock and soil types 39

3.3 Ground movement 41

3.4 Foundation construction 45

3.5 Site preparation and drainage 72

4 Floors 87

4.1 Functional requirements 87

4.2 Ground supported concrete slab 90

4.3 Suspended concrete fl oor slabs 97

4.4 Suspended timber ground fl oors 104

4.5 Resistance to the passage of heat 108

4.6 Reinforced concrete upper fl oors 109

4.7 Timber upper floors 117

5 Walls 128

5.1 Functional requirements 128

5.2 Damp–proof courses (dpcs) 134

5.3 Stone 142

5.4 Stone masonry walls 145

5.5 Bricks and brickwork 160

5.6 Bonding bricks 170

5.7 Blocks and blockwork 177

5.8 Mortar 181

5.9 Loadbearing brick and block walls 186

5.10 Solid wall construction 192

5.11 Cavity wall construction 218

5.12 Timber 246

5.13 Timber–framed walls 252

5.14 Steel frame wall construction 279

5.15 Internal and party walls 279

5.16 Straw wall construction 281

5.17 Earth wall construction 288

6 Roofs 295

6.1 Functional requirements 295

6.2 Pitched roofs 300

6.3 Pitched roof coverings 322

6.4 Sheet metal covering to low pitch roofs 342

6.5 Thermal insulation to pitched roofs 345

6.6 Flat roofs 351

6.7 Timber flat roof construction 353

6.8 Concrete flat roofs 371

6.9 Thermal insulation to flat roofs 374

6.10 Parapet walls 379

6.11 Green roofs 383

7 Windows 389

7.1 Functional requirements 389

7.2 Window types 416

7.3 Window frames 426

7.4 Glass and glazing 452

7.5 Hardware 471

7.6 Window cills 473

8 Doors 480

8.1 Functional requirements 480

8.2 Door types 485

8.3 Door frames and linings 508

8.4 Hardware 524

9 Stairs and Ramps 531

9.1 Functional requirements 533

9.2 Materials, terms and definitions 537

9.3 Types of stair 544

9.4 Timber staircases 547

9.5 Stone stairs 557

9.6 Reinforced concrete stairs 559

9.7 Structural glass stairs 563

9.8 Ramps 564

10 Surface Finishes 567

10.1 Functional requirements 567

10.2 Floor fi nishes 569

10.3 Wall and ceiling finishes 577

10.4 Skirtings and architraves 593

10.5 Painting and decorating 597

10.6 External rendering 603

11 Internal Environment and Energy Supply 608

11.1 Functional requirements 608

11.2 Indoor climate control 609

11.3 Energy sources 612

11.4 Solid fuel–burning appliances 621

11.5 Domestic gas installations 637

11.6 Domestic electrical supply and installations 642

11.7 Artificial lighting 662

11.8 Electronic communication systems: Broadband 664

12 Water Supply and Sanitation 671

12.1 Cold water supply and distribution 671

12.2 Hot water supply and distribution 681

12.3 Water services to multi–storey buildings 689

12.4 Pipes (tubulars) for water supply 698

12.5 Sanitary appliances 704

12.6 Foul drainage 724

12.7 Roof drainage 757

12.8 Surface water drainage and sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) 765

12.9 Refuse storage and recycling 769

13 Heat Loss and Calculations 771

13.1 Principles and performance requirements 771

13.2 Heat loss calculations 773

13.3 Testing and monitoring thermal performance 786

Appendix A: Websites 790

Appendix B: References 791

Index 793

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This comprehensive book, running to around 800 pages, is together with the companion book Barry s Advanced Construction of Buildings1 a redesign and update of the five volumes of Robin Barry s The Construction of Buildings.   (The Structural Engineer, 18 November 2014)

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