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This guide, essentially an enhanced version of Approved Document B (Volume 2), offers extra insurer-friendly technical guidance for construction professionals about how to protect commercial buildings from fire beyond the building regulations critical life safety measures.With the cost of major fires costing the British economy over GBP7 billion a year and high rates of consequent business failure, property protection is a key business objective for construction clients and their insurers, who will value appropriate measures that are designed in rather than added on as an afterthought.For the first time, this guide aligns guidance for property protection with the much more familiar Approved Document B. It succinctly and transparently annotates the existing document, providing a practical and easy-to-use shortcut to meeting the requirements of the Building Regulations, your clients and their insurers - all in one book.Co-published by the Fire Protection Association and supported by The RISKAuthority (Risk Insight, Strategy and Control Authority) is an annually funded research scheme administered by the FPA and supported by a significant group of UK insurers that conducts research in support of the development and dissemination of best practice on the protection of property and business. Updates in the 2015 edition include: * Fully updated to cover the 2013 revision of Approved Document B: Fire Safety (Volume 2) (2006 edition incorporating 2007, 2010 and 2013 amendments) * Also has the most up-to-date requirements of insurance providers' requirements, which have been updated to reflect modern methods of construction, the green agenda, timber frame (appendix K of ADB), modular construction etc.
The FET College series is designed to meet the needs of students and lecturers of the National Certificate Vocational.
Just like building physics, performance based building design was hardly an issue before the energy crises of the 1970s. With the need to upgrade energy efficiency, the interest in overall building performance grew. The term "performance" encompasses all building-related physical properties and qualities that are predictable during the design stage and controllable during and after construction. The term "predictable" demands calculation tools and physical models that allow evaluating a design, whereas "controllable" presumes the existence of measuring methods available on site. The basis for a system of performance arrays are the functional demands, the needs for accessibility, safety, well-being, durability, energy efficiency and sustainability and the requirements imposed by the usage of a building. As the first of two volumes, this book applies the performance rationale, advanced in applied building physics, to the design and construction of buildings. After an overview of materials for thermal insulation, water proofing, air tightening and vapour tightening and a discussion on joints, building construction is analysed, starting with the excavations. Then foundations, below and on grade constructions, typical load bearing systems and floors pass the review to end with massive outer walls insulated at the inside and the outside and cavity walls. Most chapters build on a same scheme: overview, overall performance evaluation, design and construction. The book is absolutely recommended to undergraduates and graduates in architectural and building engineering, though also building engineers, who want to refresh their knowledge, may benefit. The level of discussion assumes the reader has a sound knowledge of building physics, along with a background in structural engineering, building materials and building construction. Where and when needed, input and literature from over the world was used, reason why each chapter ends listing references and literature.
This book discusses the relationship between construction quality and the state of the Singapore national economy, and describes how construction quality is affected as contracting firms strategically manage issues relating to profitability and survivability during economic boom and bust cycles. Adopting a three-pronged approach to explain the key issues, the book first explains the effect of the state of the Singapore national economy (boom or bust) on the construction quality delivered by contracting firms. Secondly, it explains how contracting firms respond to the performance of the national economy through their dynamic bidding strategies, leading to significant quality trade-offs in some instances, especially when there is imprecise market information. Thirdly, it recommends various strategic measures that key stakeholders and government policy-makers can take to circumvent the quality trade-off in the construction industry when faced with dynamic fluctuations in the performance of the national economy. Although the book focuses on Singapore, it appeals to a global audience since countries worldwide (and their respective building-related stakeholders) face the same issues in terms of the time-cost-quality trade-off decision-making process involving the entire supply chain.
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