Introduction to Building
4th edition
Mitchell's Building Series

By Derek Osbourn
June 2007
Distributed By Trans-Atlantic Publications, Inc.
Pearson / Prentice Hall
ISBN: 9780132325714
304 Pages, Illustrated, 7 1/2 x 9 3/4"
$97.50 paper original

The fourth edition of "Introduction to Building" continues the authoritative overview of the many design and practical considerations associated with the creation and maintenance of buildings. It has been updated to include current legislation and new government guidelines. This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the various aspects of building and development from initial planning and design through contract procurement to construction.

With regard to maintenance and repair of existing buildings, traditional construction procedures are retained from the previous editions. Its key features include: clear and concise text, supplemented with comprehensive illustrations; references to relevant statutes, current Building and Construction Regulations, British and European Standards; new illustrations have been added where appropriate and existing illustrations have been modified with due regard for established techniques; updated information on new construction, with regard to fuel conservation and control of carbon emissions.

Topics covered include the requirements of a building: appearance, durability, dimensional suitability, strength and stability, weather exclusion, sound control, thermal comfort, fire protection, lighting and ventilating, sanitation and drainage, security, cost, building processes, building team, communication and construction methods, and updated references to contractual procedures and revised Joint Contracts Tribunal forms.

"Introduction to Building" is recommended for students of all construction-related courses, including architecture, building technology, construction management, building surveying, quantity surveying, estate and facilities management. Derek Osbourn was Head of the School of Architecture and Interior Design at the Polytechnic of North London, and an examiner for the Royal Institute of British Architects. Roger Greeno is a consultant, examiner and established author of many construction papers and publications.

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