Metric Handbook: Planning and Design Data

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David Littlefield
Elsevier, 2008 - Architecture - 856 pages
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Originally devised as a guide for converting from imperial to metric measurements, 'The Metric Handbook' has since been totally transformed into the major handbook of planning and design data for architects. This new edition has been updated to account of the most recent changes to regulation and practice – in particular the increasing emphasis on environmental legislation - to meet the needs of the modern building design professional.

The Metric Handbook deals with all the principal building types from airports, factories and warehouses, offices shops and hospitals, to schools, religious buildings and libraries. For each type the book gives the basic design requirements and all the principal dimensional data, as well as succinct guidance on how to use the information and what regulations the designer may need to be aware of.

As well as buildings the Metric Handbook deals with broader aspects of design such as materials, acoustics and lighting, and general design data on human dimensions and space requirements.

The Metric Handbook is a unique authoritative reference for solving everyday planning problems. It has sold well over 100,000 copies worldwide to successive generations of architects and designers – this is a book that truly belongs on every design office desk and drawing board.

* THE tried and trusted source of information for all basic design data
* Every important type of public and private building dealt with, from homes to hospitals, from law courts to laboratories
* Well over 100,000 copies have been sold worldwide to successive generations of architects and designers
 

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Contents

People and space
2-1
3 Practice management
2-21
4 Capital and whole life costs of buildings
4-1
Buildings and movement
5-1
6 Master planning and urban design
6-1
7 Landscape design
7-1
8 Houses and flats
8-1
9 Student housing and housing for young people
9-1
27 Public buildings
27-1
28 Museums art galleries and temporary exhibition spaces
28-1
29 Libraries and information centres
29-1
30 Terminals and transport interchanges
30-1
31 Designing for vehicles
31-1
32 Studios for sound and vision
32-1
33 Auditoria
33-1
34 Places of worship
34-1

10 Homes for older people
10-1
11 Hotels
11-1
12 Offices
12-1
13 Retail shops and stores
13-1
14 Industrial facilities
14-1
15 Industrial storage buildings
15-1
16 Agricultural buildings
16-1
17 Restaurants and foodservice facilities
17-1
18 Indoor sports facilities
18-1
19 Outdoor sports and stadia
19-1
20 Community centres
19-23
21 Schools
21-1
22 Higher education
22-1
23 Laboratories
23-1
24 Primary health care
24-1
25 Hospitals
25-1
26 Payment and counselling offices Myi
26-1
35 Tropical design
35-1
36 Structure
36-1
37 Materials
37-1
38 Windows doors pipes and cables
38-1
39 Thermal environment
39-1
40 Light
40-1
41 Sound
41-1
42 Fire
42-1
43 Security
42-25
44 Access and inclusion
44-1
45 Access for maintenance
45-1
46 Service distribution
46-1
Appendix A The SI system
46-19
Appendix B Conversion factors and tables
B-1
Index
I-1
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