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.
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.