Building Construction Handbook, Tenth Edition


Roy Chudley

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The Building Construction Handbook originated in 1982 as a series of four “check-books” written and illustrated by Roy Chudley. In 1988 these successful study guides were consolidated into one volume under the present title. The format of comprehensive illustrations and support text has been maintained as revisions and updates are incorporated into new editions. This latest edition contains a fresh assessment of the practices, procedures, guidance and legislation appropriate to construction and maintenance of housing and other low-rise buildings. It also includes applications to medium and larger scale structures for commercial and industrial purposes. Much of the work from earlier editions is retained as an important reference, acknowledging that the industry end product generally has a long life span representative of high capital investment. Product aftercare in the form of maintenance, repair, renovation, refurbishment, extensions and alterations can represent some 50% of the industry turnover, much more when bank lending is limited for new development. For this purpose, many established and traditional practices shown in earlier editions are retained. Existing practices also benchmark development as a basis from which contemporary design and technology evolve.

This is in response to political, social and economic requirements through legislative directives for environmental issues, energy regulation, fuel conservation and the need for sustainability in construction. The content of the book is extensive, although no textbook, not least this one, could ever incorporate all practices experienced in an industry so diverse as construction. The content is not exemplar and neither does it attempt to be prescriptive. It is a perspective of construction principles including guidance to processes and, where appropriate, associated design. Building is to some extent determined by availability of materials and skilled operatives; therefore local, regional and national factors will also be responsible for some variation.

Content :
  • Part One General
  • Part Two Site Works
  • Part Three Builders Plant
  • Part Four Substructure
  • Part Five Superstructure
  • Part Six Superstructure
  • Part Seven Internal Construction and Finishes
  • Part Eight Domestic Services



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