The Building Services Handbook originated as Fred Hall ’ s Essential Building Services
and Equipment some thirty years ago. Since then, under its new title, the content has
been regularly expanded, updated and revised retaining the original presentation of
simple illustrations, easily accessible text, tables and charts, calculations and references
for further study. In combination with the Building Construction Handbook this book
is an essential reference for the building industry and for all students pursuing building
services and construction related courses.Building services encompass a range of professions and specialised practices, the
extent of which is impossible to contain in one comprehensive volume. This book is a
learning resource that presents aspects of the services most commonly encountered in
existing and new buildings. It is not intended to be prescriptive,

Building services are the dynamics in a static structure. They provide facilities for
light, comfort, movement, communications and convenience. The impact of services
in a modern building can be measured against the amount of space they occupy and
the cost of installation, notwithstanding the maintenance bill thereafter. In spatial
terms, the equivalent of one fl oor in six, i.e. over 15% of a building ’ s volume can be
attributed to accommodating cables, ducts, pipes, etc. As a proportion of the capital
cost of constructing a highly serviced structure, such as a hospital or a sports centre, in
excess of 75% is not unusual. A typical modern offi ce block can require about 50% of
the construction budget for its services.


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