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Understanding Housing Defects 4th ed

ISBN13: 9780080971124
Previous Edition ISBN: 9780728205567
Published: December 2013
Publisher: Estates Gazette
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
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Understanding Housing Defects provides a concise, coherent and comprehensive introduction to the causes, investigation and diagnosis of defects in domestic buildings. For this new edition, many of the chapters have been substantially updated and new photographs have been added. There are four new chapters covering: How defects are defined An overview of building and architectural history External joinery and painted finishes Environmental and health- related building problems Many of the 21 chapters cover a specific building element and include a brief introduction setting out construction principles and the evolution of current practice. All of the chapters consider the identification, cause and diagnosis of common (and sometimes not so common) defects. This book is a must have for all those students and practitioners who require a broad understanding of housing defects. Building surveyors, general practice surveyors, architects, estate agents, housing officers and anyone involved in the management and maintenance of property as well as its construction will benefit hugely from this highly informative full-colour text. Written by the authors of The Construction of Houses, the book is also the natural companion to this bestselling textbook.

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1. Understanding Defects - an introduction 2. Building history 3. Building Movement - Foundations 4. Building Movement -Walls 5. The investigation of structural defects 6. External Walls -Brickwork and Stonework 7. Ground Floors 8. Upper Floors 9. Pitched Roofs 10. Flat Roofs 11. External Rendering 12. Plastering and Plasterboard 13. Internal walls and partitions 14. External joinery 15. Timber Pests 16. Dampness 17. System Building 18. Environmental and health- related building problems 19. Water and Heating 20. Drainage 21. Electrical Installations