Specifying Buildings

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Selecting the best materials, techniques and systems for each project and then specifying them correctly to meet all the requirements of quality, time, value, constructability, maintenance and durability is a fundamental aspect of architectural design. It also helps to determine the quality and environmental impact of the project.

Specifying Buildings: A Design Management Perspective provides a unique insight into the entire specification process, from selecting materials and products to writing the specification, dealing with changes and minimising risk. This new edition has been extensively revised and includes new case studies, research findings and reviews to illustrate how to translate design intent into building assembly.

The book is structured to meet the needs of students on construction-related programmes such as architecture, engineering, surveying and construction management. It provides valuable insights and practical guidance, with end of chapter exercises helping students achieve a thorough understanding of the specification process
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Specifications in context
1
Chapter 2 Specifying design intent
16
Chapter 3 Information sources
38
Chapter 4 The selection process
60
Chapter 5 Writing specifications
84
Chapter 6 Managing the specification process
106
Chapter 7 Specifying new building products
133
Chapter 8 Becoming aware of new products
152
Chapter 9 Monitoring the specification of buildings
174
Chapter 10 Observing specifiers
188
Chapter 11 Towards best practice
209
References
228
Postal questionnaire results and commentary
235
Index
251
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