Construction Technology: Analysis and Choice
by Tony Bryan
The second edition of Construction Technology: Analysis andChoice has been expanded to include commercial buildings. Thisnow covers, in a single textbook, all the basic forms ofconstruction studied on professional courses. The book takes as its theme the process of choice: what theexpert has to know and how he/she might think through the decisionsto be made about the design, production, maintenance and disposalof buildings. It is written with the conviction that by focusing on theprocess of choice, the range of theory and knowledge that is usefulto practice becomes explicit, making the link between knowledge andpractice, and between understanding and experience. The new edition has been updated throughout with extensiveadditions to Chapter13: Manufacture and Assembly and toChapter 15: Sustainability. An entire new section has beenadded, covering all the main elements of commercialconstruction. Students will find here explanations of how environments,structural behaviour, production know-how, cost and social concernssuch as sustainability can be taken into account in the choice ofconstruction. They will also gain a clear understanding of theconstruction details and specifications adopted for both housingand commercial buildings in the UK at the beginning of the 21stcentury. * Provides a framework to think through proposed solutions * Sets the choice of solution in both time and place, and in thecontext of sustainability * Focuses on key questions: will the proposal fail; and can it bebuilt? * Considers a building s response to loading, environmentalconditions and time * Looks at the production process as manufacture andassembly Book website atwww.wiley.com/go/bryanconstructiontech2e Contains nearly 200 fully referenced, clear line drawings todownload for free, as well as suggested learning activities forlecturers to incorporate into their teaching programmes.
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