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Designing Quality Buildings: A BRE Guide

Order Code: BR084EP
ISBN Number: 9781860818998
Publisher: BRE Press
No. of Pages: 360
Date of Publication: 2006

Designing Quality Buildings: A BRE Guide

Price: 67.50

This authoritative guide to design of sustainable domestic and low-rise buildings presents BRE's expertise in the performance of building materials and fabric in a single compact volume. It gives the busy building professional the starting points for selection and specification and will equip the designer to talk to specialists with a sound understanding of key principles.

The book is based on key sustainable design requirements, in particular, how to:
  • Achieve a long life
  • Limit maintenance requirements and defects
  • Provide guidance on designing for the future while respecting the environment and social requirements.
It has been written by a multi-disciplinary team of authors from BRE, the UK's leading centre of excellence on buildings and the built environment. It is fully up-to-date with UK regulations and standards and is as a 'one-stop-shop' for understanding the key principles of building behaviour. It is highly illustrated with diagrams and with photographs illustrating actual building performance.

  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Site investigation and preparation
  • Site environment and orientation
  • Foundations and basements
  • Floors and ceilings
  • External walls, windows and doors
  • Separating and compartment walls and partitions
  • Roofs
  • Building services
  • External works
  • Modern methods of construction
  • Further reading
  • Annex
  • Index