Barry's introduction to construction of buildings 

Stephen Emmitt

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Robin Barry’s The Construction of Buildings was first published in 1958. The books quickly became an established source of information for students of building design and construction, with their popularity demonstrated in numerous reprints and revised editions. Since the late 1950s, we have seen many changes in construction technology and the manner in which buildings are designed and constructed, some of which have been little more than passing fashions, many of which have had a lasting impact. Although some of our buildings may look very similar to those built in the past, the reality is that buildings are now built to higher performance standards and have to comply with far more extensive legislation than ever before. With the desire to build faster, cheaper, and to higher standards we have seen a shift in emphasis from the building site to off-site production in remote factories, a growing trend, but one that is by no means universal.

Content :
  • Introduction
  • Site Analysis and Set-up
  • Groundwork and Foundations
  • Floors
  • Walls
  • Roofs
  • Windows
  • Doors
  • Stairs and Ramps
  • Surface Finishes
  • Solid Fuel, Gas and Electrical Services Provision
  • Water Supply, Sanitation, and Refuse Disposal

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