Building Adaptation

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Butterworth-Heinemann, 2006 - Technology & Engineering - 651 pages
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As existing buildings age, nearly half of all construction activity in Britain is related to maintenance, refurbishment and conversions. Building adaptation is an activity that continues to make a significant contribution to the workload of the construction industry. Given its importance to sustainable construction, the proportion of adaptation works in relation to new build is likely to remain substantial for the foreseeable future, especially in the developed parts of the world.

Building Adaptation, Second Edition is intended as a primer on the physical changes that can affect older properties. It demonstrates the general principles, techniques, and processes needed when existing buildings must undergo alteration, conversion, extension, improvement, or refurbishment.

The publication of the first edition of Building Adaptation reflected the upsurge in refurbishment work. The book quickly established itself as one of the core texts for building surveying students and others on undergraduate and postgraduate built environment courses.

This new edition continues to provide a comprehensive introduction to all the key issues relating to the adaptation of buildings. It deals with any work to a building over and above maintenance to change its capacity, function or performance.

* A core text for building surveying students and undergraduate and postgraduate built environment courses
* Revised and updated throughout, in particular on the characteristics of buildings and their refurbishment potential.
* Includes numerous illustrations and examples that focus on a wide variety of different building types

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About the author (2006)

Edward Noy trained as a building surveyor at Erith Technical College and in private practice, where he spent the early part of his career. He in building construction and materials at a technical college for some years, held a senior post in the Modernisation Division of the Greater London Council, and worked in private practice, surveying all types of property and advising clients on alterations, extensions and maintenance repairs.

James Douglas is a Lecturer in Building Surveying at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. He qualified as a chartered building surveyor in 1986 after over twelve years in the public, sector, dealing primary with the maintenance and adaptation of buildings. He has also had practical experience of inspecting and surveying buildings, particularly for dampness problems. He is co-reviser of Alan Oliver's book "Dampness in Buildings" and author of "Building Adaptation," He is a member of the editorial board of the journal Structural Survey and a Visiting Lecturer in technology, teaching building technology and maintenance technology for the College of Estate Management.

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