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Construction Quality and Quality Standards: The European Perspective

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ISBN13: 9780419184904
ISBN: 0419184902
Published: May 1997
Publisher: Spon Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £160.00

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Quality is a vital issue to be addressed by all construction professionals working in Europe today. This book provides clear, concise guidance to the making and use of codes, regulations and technical specifications in Europe.

In Part One, the author presents a general overview to construction before going on to specific issues relating to quality and the relevant British Standards. Part Two provides an invaluable source of information on international organizations throughout Europe as well as French, English and German translations of commonly used terms and definitions in the codes, regulations and standards.

Construction Quality and Quality Standards: The European Perspective will provide a unique reference source for all construction professionals keen to get ahead in Europe.

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Foreword. Introduction. Part One: Construction quality and its achievement. Chapter One: Building well. Meaning of quality. Quality at the building level. BRE study: A survey of quality and value in building. Importance of the design brief. Further reading. Chapter Two: The role of the client. The Stuttgart gallery and Frankfurt museum. The Grand Louvre, Paris. The Sainsbury Wing, National Gallery. The importance of total quality management. Further reading. Chapter Three: Quality in traditional construction. Achievement of long-term quality in buildings, mainly from the 1930's. Changes in specification during construction. The place of innovation. Different time scales of structure and services. Further reading. Achievement of quality in social housing: a BRE investigation. BRE investigations into non-traditional housing. Chapter Four: The route to faultless building. Achievement of faultless building. Standards and standards-making in the UK. Consensus and the generally acknowledged state of art. User interests. British Standards as aids to quality in construction. Effective information transfer: standards as aids to communication. Chapter Five: Achievement of quality through management. Quality system standards and quality assurance. BS 5750 and the BS EN ISO 9000 quality system series of standards. Quality assurance in design and construction. Quality systems in Europe. Further reading. Chapter Six: Fitness for intended use. Theagrement concept. Agrement in UK. European technical approvals. Design lives and serviceability. Environmental quality. Further reading. Chapter Seven: The Single European Market. The single market and the New Approach directives. The nature of European Union legislation. Types of European legislation: directives, regulations, decisions, recommendations and opinions, case law. Up-dating European legislation. Technical specifications and CE-marks. Further reading. Chapter Eight: Construction products directive.
89/106/EEC. The Directive. Delays in bringing 89/106/EEC into effective operation. The arrangement of 89/106/EEC. The importance of 89/106/EEC. Essential requirements. Interpretative documents. Classes in technical specifications. Implementation of 89/106/EEC. Further reading. Chapter Nine: European standards and technical specifications: Standards for a Single Market. Global features of standards. Categories of European standards. Harmonised European standards(HENs). Non-harmonised European standards(ENs). Conformity attestation procedures. Conformity attestation under 89/106/EEC. Approved bodies. National standards during the transitional period. Structural Eurocodes: a particular type of European standard. Further reading. Chapter Ten: The procurement and other directives. European public procurement legislation. Enforcement in UK. Other directives: the problem of overlapping requirements. Furth