Understanding Building Failures

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Routledge, Apr 12, 2013 - Technology & Engineering - 352 pages
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Building defects still continue to plague the construction industry. The lessons learned over the last forty years have not been fully applied. Many new or refurbished buildings still leak or crack. Lack of awareness by designers and installers as to the main mechanisms that trigger such failures remains a problem for the industry.

Investigating and rectifying building failures form a major part of building surveyors’ bread and butter work. This book provides guidance on this work for typical residential, commercial and industrial buildings – with advice on how to diagnose a wide range of defects with an emphasis on evidence based practice throughout. It considers both modern and older construction methods, together with new and traditional materials. The particular problems of alteration and renovation work are also discussed.

The first four chapters provide information and guidance on the methodology for investigating failures – how to prepare for and conduct an investigation into a building defect and subsequently diagnose its cause in a logical manner.

This fourth edition has been updated and expanded to cover the latest diagnostic procedures and research. It also includes Appendices and a new Bibliography, and provides an extensive list of books on building pathology and related topics in the UK and North America. It is essential reading for all students and practitioners interested in building surveying and building conservation.

  

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Contents

1 Introduction to building pathology
1
2 Principles of building diagnostics
29
3 Basic investigative methodology
53
4 Diagnostic techniques and tools
75
5 Deterioration mechanisms
99
6 Durability and service life assessment
117
7 Moisture
148
8 Foundations
160
12 Doors and windows
224
13 Roofs
233
14 Services
256
15 Failure patterns and control
265
Glossary
280
Schedule of defects
296
Various defects data analysis checklists
297
Sample diagnostic report
302

9 Floors floor finishes and DPMs
170
10 Walls and DPCs
186
11 Cladding
208
Bibliography
306
Index
319
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James Douglas's name is inseperable from Carnations; ""he has raised them, cultivated them, exhibited them, and written about them."" He was also a veteran florist, with a half a century's practical experience.

Bill Ransom was born in Puyallup, Washington, in 1945 and began full-time employment at the age of eleven as an agricultural worker. He has since earned two college degrees and has held a variety of jobs, including as a firefighter and a CPR instructor. He began a pilot project with the Poetry in the Schools program in Washington State and founded and directed the popular Port Townsend Writers Conference for Centrum. His poetry has been nominated for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.

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