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Building in the 21st Century

ISBN: 978-1-4051-5655-4
504 pages
October 2007, Wiley-Blackwell
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This book has been written specifically to provide a text for the latest BTEC/EdEXCEL construction technician's course, and it will also be of interest to students taking GCSE in Construction and as an introductory volume for HNC/D students of construction.

The BTEC course units have recently been revised with a greater slant towards sustainability and environmental issues.

This new book will:

- cover the new BTEC syllabus
- be highly illustrated with modern diagrams and plenty of photographs
- introduce basic fundamentals of construction and the environment
- integrate all aspects of one topic to provide better understanding of the subject.

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1 Surveying processes.


2 Topographical surveys.


3 Building surveying.


4 Foundations.


5 Walls and openings.


6 Floors and stairs.


7 Roofs.


8 Construction techniques.


9 Site issues.


10 Construction and the environment.


11 Energy.


12 Utilities.


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Robert Cooke is currently a lecturer at Barking College in the School of the Built Environment teaching construction students from GCSE through to BTEC/Edexcel Higher National Certificate. He has over 35 years experience in the construction industry, starting off as an apprenticed shopfitter/carpenter/joiner both on the bench and as a site fixer, and later becoming a setter out in the drawing office. To gain wider experience he became a site carpenter for a local builder in the days when virtually everything was done by hand.

Making a career change he trained as a surveyor and technical representative for a timber preservative and damp-proofing company and then spent many years as a technical and architectural representative for an international glass and glazing company, working mainly in the commercial sector. For almost a decade before teaching full time he changed direction to become a technical and architectural representative for a national Aircrete manufacturer. He has plenty of experience attending site, working on design details with architects, engineers, quantity surveyors and contractors.

After spending many years teaching part time at the College of Technology at Southend-on-Sea, he took up a full time lecturing post at Barking College in the late 1980s. He has a particular interest in environmental and sustainable development issues. Building is not just a career for him it is an obsession according to his wife, Ann. Even when on holiday he is always going off to look at the local building sites.

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● Covers the new BTEC construction syllabus
● Highly illustrated in colour with modern diagrams and plenty of photogrpahs
● Introduces basic fundamentals of construction and the environment
● Integrates all aspects of one topic to provide better understanding of the subject
● Shows how analytical methods solve practical problems and incorporates science of materials with material selection
● Website provides lecturers with supporting classroom projects linked to the book
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The book excels in three unusual ways. The first is that all the material is well written and generously illustrated with helpful colored diagrams. The second is that the general principles are not only clearly explained but supplemented with useful practical details. Finally, he uses the web imaginatively and introduces the students to website sources of information on building construction, materials and regulations. (International Journal of Ambient Energy, January 2009)
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Building in the 21st Century Teaching Resources 

This website has been put together by the author Robert Cooke to encourage students to look at the topics holistically. Click through to view a wealth of resources created to complement the book. 

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