Understanding Housing Defects
To Be Published December 11th 2013 by Estates Gazette – 544 pages
Understanding Housing Defects provides a concise, coherent and comprehensive introduction to the causes, investigation and diagnosis of defects in domestic buildings.
For this new edition, many of the chapters have been substantially updated and new photographs have been added. There are four new chapters covering:
Many of the 21 chapters cover a specific building element and include a brief introduction setting out construction principles and the evolution of current practice. All of the chapters consider the identification, cause and diagnosis of common (and sometimes not so common) defects. This book is a must have for all those students and practitioners who require a broad understanding of housing defects. Building surveyors, general practice surveyors, architects, estate agents, housing officers and anyone involved in the management and maintenance of property as well as its construction will benefit hugely from this highly informative full-colour text. Written by the authors of The Construction of Houses, the book is also the natural companion to this bestselling textbook.
Praise for the previous edition of Understanding Housing Defects:
"This book is a feast for the eyes with numerous photographs, drawings and details, a must for any Building Surveyor." Amazon.co.uk customer
"Concisely written and easy to understand." Amazon.co.uk customer
"Brilliantly clear… Well-written with great drawings and advice." Amazon.co.uk customer
1. Understanding Defects – an introduction 2. Building history 3. Building Movement – Foundations 4. Building Movement -Walls 5. The investigation of structural defects 6. External Walls –Brickwork and Stonework 7. Ground Floors 8. Upper Floors 9. Pitched Roofs 10. Flat Roofs 11. External Rendering 12. Plastering and Plasterboard 13. Internal walls and partitions 14. External joinery 15. Timber Pests 16. Dampness 17. System Building 18. Environmental and health- related building problems 19. Water and Heating 20. Drainage 21. Electrical Installations
Duncan Marshall, BSc, MCIOB, MIMBM was a Chartered Builder and Senior Lecturer at the University of the West of England, UK.
Derek Worthing, BSc, MPhil, MRICS is a Chartered Building Surveyor and was formerly a Principal Lecturer at the University of the West of England, UK. He now works as a consultant and a visiting lecturer. He is also a visiting professor at Gotland University in Sweden.
Roger Heath, FRICS, FFB is a Chartered Building Surveyor and was formerly a Senior Lecturer at the University of the West of England, UK. He now works as a visiting lecturer.
Nigel Dann, BSc, MSc, MIOC was a Senior Lecturer at the University of the West of England, UK, and now works as a consultant and visiting lecturer in the UK, France and Belgium (KU Leuven).