Part 1 Analysis.
1 The Framework for Understanding.
Process and knowledge.
The initial suggestion.
Carrying out the evaluation.
Physical and social context.
The basis of analysis.
Knowledge needed for choice.
2 Building Purpose and Performance.
Activities, space and construction.
Introduction to performance requirements.
Environmental impact and sustainability.
3 Common Forms - Specific Solutions.
General and constructed forms.
The emergence of general building forms.
Uncertainty and risk.
4 Construction Variables.
The variables of construction - the outcome of choice.
Joints and fixings.
5 Defining Conditions.
Physical and social conditions.
Activity and construction-modifying environments.
The dynamics of the system.
Choice of interior elements of the building.
Inside the construction itself.
6 The Resource Base.
Materials - the primary resource.
Knowledge and skill - the human resource.
Plant and machinery - the technological resource.
Money - the enabling resource.
7 Design Concept.
Linking design to construction choice.
Concept design - general form.
Physical performance and appearance - commodity, firmness and delight.
Function of the whole, function of the parts.
Visualising attributes and response.
Space and context.
Physical space for the construction.
The approach to analysis.
9 Analysis of Physical Behaviour.
Visualising conditions and response.
Function and performance - a technical aim.
Preventing failure - a technical objective.
The role of observation and science in the analysis.
The approach to analysis.
10 Physical Behaviour Creating Environments.
Aspects of environment.
The building as a system.
The dry environment.
The warm environment.
The light environment.
The acoustic environment.
The clean environment.
The safe environment.
The private environment.
11 Physical Behaviour Under Load.
Forces, external and internal.
Basic structural members.
Curving (and folding) structural members.
Grid members - pin-jointed frames.
Building structures - wind stability.
Stress/strain and the choice of material.
Structural analysis and design.
Movements and structural behaviour.
Stresses in the ground.
The major structural forms.
12 Physical Behaviour Over Time.
Reliability: renewal, maintenance, repair and disposal.
Basis of analysis.
Soiling and cleaning.
Durability of materials.
Movements in components.
Ground movement, settlement and subsidence.
Movement and detailing.
Wear of components.
13 Manufacture and Assembly.
Realisation of performance.
Visualising stages and sequence.
Analysis of operations, methods and resources.
Materials and labour.
Knowledge and expertise for the analysis of the process
Cost and value.
Cost and price.
Cost and time frames.
Cost and cost data.
15 Sustainability - Social Concern.
Two major forces.
Established influences and new concerns.
Responding to the sustainability agenda.
Buildings as systems.
Renewable energy sources.
Water and Waste.
Materials choice and detailing.
Planning and design concepts.
Part 2 Choice - HOUSE CONSTRUCTION.
16 Applying the Framework to Housing.
The need for an integrated approach.
The basis of the case study.
General forms for upper floors.
Timber joisted upper floors.
Suspended ground floors.
Ground-supported slab floors.
Services and other elements.
Site influences on choice of ground floors.
Production operations for ground floors.
The final choice.
Pitch and span.
Wall types by function.
Walls in the case study.
Masonry cavity external walls.
Openings in the external wall.
Doors and windows - the components in the openings
The panel frame option.
Party (separating) walls.
The strip foundation.
Foundations for poor surface conditions.
Economics of foundations.
Analysis of services systems.
Hot and cold water.
Part 3 Choice - COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION.
22 Applying the framework to commercial buildings.
The story so far.
The way forward.
The technological mix.
23 Common forms and emerging technologies.
UK commercial building through the twentieth century.
Low environmental impact.
24 Interface design.
The enclosure - services interface.
The enclosure - structure interface.
The structure - services interface.
25 Structural skeletal frames.
Materials development and structural options.
Reinforced concrete - performance.
In situ reinforced concrete frames - production.
Precast concrete frames - production.
Structural steel - performance.
Structural steel - fabrication and construction.
Structure choice and overall design.
26 Roof structures
Variety of structural form.
27 Loadbearing structural walls.
Single-storey industrial construction.
28 Structure below ground.
Large area industrial concrete ground floors.
29 External enclosure to structural frames.
30 Internal enclosure.
31 Services - scope and space.
Public health services.
The need for co-ordination.
Production sequence and contract time.
Cost of services systems.
32 Guide to Further Reading.
What this book provides.
Sources of information - authority, validity and relevance.
Using information - corroboration, confirmation and risk.
- Establishes a comprehensive framework introducing all the key factors that determine the success of a construction solution
- Explains how environments, structural behaviour, production know-how, cost and social concerns such as sustainability can be taken into account in the choice of construction
- Provides an understanding of the construction details and specifications adopted for housing in the UK at the beginning of the 21st century.