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Understanding Building Failures
Author(s) :James Douglas, Bill Ransom

ISBN : 9781138049260
Name : Understanding Building Failures
Price : 1095.00
Edition : 4th Edition
Author/s : James Douglas, Bill Ransom
Type : Text Book
Pages : 346
Year of Publication : Rpt.2017
Publisher : Taylor & Francis/BSP Books
Binding : Paperback
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About the Book

This third edition of Bill Ransom's classic short textbook provides a solid introduction to the study of defects in buildings and, in consequence, to good practice in conservation and repair. Building failures continue to occur despite continuing experience and growing knowledge in the industry; they may even be on the increase due to cost-cutting measures, the inadequate testing of innovative products and techniques, a lack of maintenance, and user abuse and misuse.

New material includes an outline of the principles of building pathology; new sections on deterioration mechanisms, service life prediction and dampness investigation; and a glossary and bibliography, practitioners and students will find this an excellent source of guidance and information for investigating and avoiding building failures.


1. Introduction to Building Pathology, 2. Principles of building Diagnostics, 3. Basic investigative methodology, 4. Diagnostic techniques and tools, 5. Deterioration mechanisms, 6. Durability and Service Life assessment, 7. Moisture, 8. Foundations, 9. Floors, Floor Finishes and DPMs, 10. Walls and DPCs, 11. Cladding, 12. Doors and Windows, 13. Roofs, 14. Services, 15. Failure Patterns and Control

About the Author

James Douglas BSc MRICS FHEA is a Lecturer in Building Surveying at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. He qualified as a chartered building surveyor in 1986 and has over twenty years experience in the public sector, dealing primarily with maintenance and some adaptation work. His main area of professional interest is investigating and diagnosing defects.

Bill Ransom was a government research scientist working for the Building Research Establishment (BRE), the Department of the Environment and the Colonial Office travelling widely abroad to help resolve problems in construction technology. He retired in 1981 as head of the Building Integrity Division of the BRE and now lives in Devon.
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