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Passive House Details introduces the concepts, principles, and design processes of building ultralow-energy buildings. The objective of this book is to provide design goals, research, analysis, systems, details, and inspiring images of some of the most energy-efficient, carbon-neutral, healthy, and satisfying buildings currently built in the region. Other topics included: heat transfer, moisture management, performance targets, and climatic zones. Illustrated with more than 375 color images, the book is a visual catalog of construction details, materials, and systems drawn from projects contributed from forty firms. Fourteen in-depth case studies demonstrate the most energy-efficient systems for foundations, walls, floors, roofs, windows, doors, and more.
Globally, the construction sector is one of the largest employers of temporary workers (after agriculture); the development of infrastructure can be a major contributor to poverty reduction and labour rights. Through the International Labour Organisation (ILO) there exist agreed international conventions on labour standards which cover employment conditions and rights. The underlying problem is not a lack of labour law, rather it is the lack of effective mechanisms to ensure that labour laws are applied and monitored. This sourcebook provides guidance on the collaborative process and contractual issues involved in implementing labour standards. It is based on experience gained from implementing labour standards in infrastructure construction projects in Ghana, India and Zambia. Three different contexts for construction are considered; formal or conventional contracting; community contracting; and self-help schemes using unpaid labour. Part 1 of the sourcebook provides the introduction and context to the development and use of labour standards with reference to construction. Part 2 comprises a framework and detailed Action Points. This is the 'what to do' and 'how to do it' section, covering the process it is necessary to go through to implement labour standards in construction programmes. Part 3 presents an analysis of contract clauses that have been used in relation to labour standards and suggests appropriate clauses to support the implementation of different labour standards. It includes guidance on developing specifications.
Complete your pathway to a career in plumbing with Plumbing Book 2, published in association with City & Guilds. -Study with confidence, covering all core units for the new specification -Enhance your understanding of plumbing practice with clear and accurate step-by-step photo sequences, demonstrating technical skills you need to master -Practise Maths and English in context, with embedded Improve your maths and English activities -Test your knowledge with end of unit practice questions and activities -Get to know the format and requirements for synoptic assessments, with practice mini-assignments -Prepare for the workplace with up-to-date information on relevant key regulations and industry standards
The book relates experience of TBM drives in difficult geology, making use of case studies from Turkey to demonstrate the influence of the local geotechnical conditions on the selection of a tunnel boring machine and the selection of tools. There is an extensive description how various geological phenomena, such as for example transition zones, dikes, rock discontinuities, blocky ground, squeezing ground, swelling clays and high strength and abrasive rocks, can reduce the advance rate and what countermeasures can be introduced. There is also a discussion of necessary advance probing and safety measures. Since the presented practical experience from Turkey can also be applicable for other tunnel projects in difficult geology, the book represents a valuable source of knowledge for every tunneler.
This is a new fully updated guide to traffic signs (last edition published 1995). This handy reference title illustrates and explains the vast majority of traffic signs that a road user is likely to encounter.A thorough knowledge of all traffic signs is essential for all road users, not just new drivers or riders, making this the ideal companion to ensure your knowledge is up-to-date. Although The Official Highway Code contains most of the commonly used road signs which are prescribed by the Traffic Signs Regulations, it does not give a comprehensive explanation of our signing system. This is therefore a perfect complimentary title to The Official Highway Code.The last edition was in published 1995. It is a handy reference guide. It illustrates and explains the vast majority of traffic signs. It is suitable for all road users not just learner/new riders and drivers, and supersedes ISBN 9780115516122.
The repair, renovation and replacement of highway infrastructure, along with the provision of new highways, is a core element of civil engineering, so this book covers basic theory and practice in sufficient depth to provide a solid grounding to students of civil engineering and trainee practitioners. * Moves in a logical sequence from the planning and economic justification for a highway, through the geometric design and traffic analysis of highway links and intersections, to the design and maintenance of both flexible and rigid pavements * Covers geometric alignment of highways, junction and pavement design, structural design and pavement maintenance * Includes detailed discussions of traffic analysis and the economic appraisal of projects * Makes frequent reference to the Department of Transport s Design Manual for Roads and Bridges * Places the provision of roads and motorways in context by introducing the economic, political, social and administrative dimensions of the subject
The definitive, easy-to-follow guide to plumbing and heating repairs in your home. An extension of the international bestselling Collins Complete DIY Manual, this brand-new edition is packed with user-friendly photos and is fully updated with the latest information about tools, products and regulations. Whether repairing a leaking tap or installing a new shower, Collins Complete Plumbing and Heating is the indispensable tool to help you get the job done well - and keep costs to a minimum. Contents include: * Emergency repairs * Taps, sinks and kitchen appliances * Toilets, baths and showers * Boilers and radiators * Identifying faults and maintenance * Safety tips * Tools for the job
Resources designed to support learners of the 2010 BTEC Level 3 National Construction and the Built Environment specification. Covers all mandatory and specialists units for the certificate in the Construction and the Built Environment pathway, and all the mandatory units for the award in all the pathways. WorkSpace case studies take learners into the real world of work, showing them how they can apply their knowledge in a real-life context. Advice from former students on how current learners can make their BTEC experience a stepping stone to success. Straightforward accessible language is used with short text chunks, keeping content engaging for learners.
Insulated concrete forming systems (ICFs) provide many benefits to both contractors and homeowners. Hidden from view under sheetrock and siding, ICFs offer low labor costs; are easy to install; and are durable, energy-efficient, fire-safe, and virtually soundproof. Homes built with these systems look like any other, but under the standard covering lie solid, built-to-last concrete walls. Endorsed by the Portland Cement Association, this concise handbook gives contractors the hands-on information they need to use ICFs in the field. Authors Peter A. VanderWerf and W. Keith Munsell describe how these systems work, how to train crews to install them cost-effectively, and where to order product.
What "really constitutes an architectural atmosphere," Peter Zumthor says, is "this singular density and mood, this feeling of presence, well-being, harmony, beauty ... under whose spell I experience what I otherwise would not experience in precisely this way." Zumthor's passion is the creation of buildings that produce this kind of effect, but how can one actually set out to achieve it?
In nine short, illustrated chapters framed as a process of self-observation, Peter Zumthor describes what he has on his mind as he sets about creating the atmosphere of his houses. Images of spaces and buildings that affect him are every bit as important as particular pieces of music or books that inspire him. From the composition and "presence" of the materials to the handling of proportions and the effect of light, this poetics of architecture enables the reader to recapitulate what really matters in the process of house design.
Writing Built Environment Dissertations and Projects will help you to write a good dissertation or project by giving you a good understanding of what should be included, and showing you how to use data collection and analysis tools in the course of your research. * Addresses prominent weaknesses in under-graduate dissertations including weak data collection; superficial analysis and poor reliability and validity * Includes many more in-depth examples making it easy to understand and assimilate the concepts presented * Issues around study skills and ethics are embedded throughout the book and the many examples encourage you to consider the concepts of reliability and validity * Second edition includes a new chapter on laboratory based research projects * Supporting website with sample statistical calculations and additional examples from a wider range of built environment subjects
This Construction and Design Manual showcases all aspects of planning hospitals, medical practices, and pharmacies. Around 50 projects are presented in their entirety, accompanied by large photographs, true to scale floor plans, and coloured diagrams. The volume also features scientific contributions concerning methods of planning and questions of design. Additional essays on architectural history and typological classifications make this book, spanning over 400 pages, an indispensable reference work for everyone with an interest in hospital architecture and healthcare design. > Construction data, planning parameters, and regulations for hospitals and medical facilities > True to scale floor plans for different building types and scientific comments > Essential for healthcare design, architecture, and medical administration
Sure you can build it, but will it be up to code? Spiral-bound with durable laminated pages, the latest volume of the well-trusted Code Check series delivers the most up-to-date information on the 2006 International Residential Code to builders, remodelers, and both home and building inspectors. Newly revised and loaded with illustrations, this second edition covers foundations, framing, fireplaces, chimneys, and exterior and interior walls. With a handy flip chart format, the guide clearly and confidently emphasizes the life-safety principles that underlie building codes in a compact, on-site format. The spiral-bound Code Check series is endorsed by the International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO).
This book focuses on the fundamentals of rock mechanics as a basis
for the safe and economical design and construction of tunnels,
Net Zero-Energy Buildings have been the object of numerous studies in recent years as various countries have set this performance level as a long-term goal of their energy policies. This book presents a unique study of 30 NZEBs that have been constructed and have had their performance measured for at least 12 months. The study is based upon an international collaborative research initiated by the International Energy Agency - the Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (SHC). It is the first book to evaluate building strategies in houses, educational buildings and offices that have been demonstrated to work in practice. It examines how the design challenges of climate and building type have been addressed, and to what extent the various design approaches have been successful. This book presents convincing evidence that a careful re-thinking of conventional design norms can achieve a far greater performance benefit than is normally feasible. It identifies 'solution sets? that work at the whole building level and at the individual building design challenge level for each climate and building type. In doing so, the book provides guidance as to how to improve the design by learning from these cases. Unusually for a book of this type it has examples of buildings in what are conventionally labeled "hot" and "cold" climates. A simple process is proposed for the reader to commission the analysis of their own climate to assess not only the conventional measure of how hot or cold or humid it is, but also to assess its suitability to support other NZEB technical challenge solutions sets such as Daylight or Natural Ventilation or comfort based climate conditioning.
Wood Deterioration, Protection and Maintenance provides an up to date discussion of the natural durability of wood, wood degradation processes, and methods of structural and chemical protection of wood. Modern active substances in wood preservatives and the relationships between preservative properties, the anatomical structure and moisture content of wood and protective processes involving pressure and/or diffusion driving forces are fully illustrated.
In this fully updated guide, master plumber and long-time contractor R. Dodge Woodson explains, step by step, how to install, test, and debug in-floor heating systems--the healthy, quiet, economical, and clean heating method.
Radiant Floor Heating, Second Edition now offers details on alternative fuel sources and covers new material options and installation procedures, updated code information, and state-of-the-art piping and heating equipment. Revised illustrations featuring modern products are included in this practical resource.
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