Building Surveys and Reports

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John Wiley & Sons, Dec 13, 2010 - Technology & Engineering - 432 pages
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This book provides guidance on building survey work for typical residential, commercial and industrial buildings, with advice on how to diagnose a wide range of defects. It considers both modern and older construction methods, together with new and traditional materials. The particular problems of alteration and renovation work are discussed, with guidance on how to carry out measured surveys.

A separate chapter covers survey problems after flood and fire damage, and the legal section takes account of recent developments in case law relating to inspections and surveys of properties.

This new edition continues to provide a thorough treatment of all the key issues relating to surveying buildings, dealing with the problems that surveyors are likely to encounter when inspecting buildings.

Changes for the new edition include:

  • Examples and references have been updated
  • Evaluation of condition rating systems for domestic and commercial buildings
  • A new section on the home condition reports
  • More information on slate defects
  • Bibliography revised and expanded, to make it more comprehensive
  • Additional appendix showing the home condition report format
 

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Contents

Procedure and Equipment
22
Measurement of Existing Buildings
41
Surveys of Historic Buildings
53
Foundation Failures
65
Defective Walls and Partitions Above Ground
76
Reinforced Concrete Cladding Materials
100
Damp Penetration and Condensation
119
Timber Decay and Insect Attack
135
Finishes and Joinery Externally and Internally
209
Services
232
External Works
265
assessment of the condition of existing soil drains gulleys
269
surface water
285
Fire and Flood Damage
302
Report Writing
314
Appendices
331

Roof Structures and Coverings
143
roofing sheets
173
Fireplaces Flues and Chimney Stacks
182
Timber Upper Floors Floor Coverings Staircases and Ladders
194
Bibliography
380
Index
405
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About the author (2010)

James Douglas retired as a Lecturer in Building Surveying at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh at the end of 2009.  His main teaching topics were Building Pathology, Inspection and Refurbishment.  He is a chartered building surveyor and has extensive experience in the maintenance and adaptation of buildings, as well as inspecting and surveying buildings, particularly for dampness problems.  He is a Visiting Lecturer in Technology at the College of Estate Management on its external degree in Building Surveying as well as its Graduate Development Programme. 

James is a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Structural Survey and has written several books concerned with surveying, building adaptation and refurbishment and repair. He is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Association of Building Engineers.

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