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Materials for Architects and Builders Fifth

Materials for Architects and Builders Fifth Edition By Arthur Lyons

Materials for Architects and Builders provides a clear and concise introduction to the broad range of materials used within the construction industry and covers the essential details of their manufacture, key physical properties, specification and uses. Understanding the basics of materials is a crucial part of undergraduate and diploma construction or architecture-related courses, and this established textbook helps the reader to do just that with the help of colour photographs and clear diagrams throughout. This new edition has been completely revised and updated to include the latest developments in materials research, new images, appropriate technologies and relevant legislation. The ecological effects of building construction and lifetime use remain an important focus, and this new edition includes a wide range of energysaving building components. Arthur Lyons was formerly Head of Quality, principal lecturer and Teacher Fellow for building materials in the Leicester School of Architecture, Faculty of Art, Design & Humanities, De Montfort University, UK. He was a lecturer in building materials within schools of architecture and surveying for thirty-five years, and is now an established writer on construction materials.


. Specific information relating to the materials described in each chapter is given at the end of the appropriate section; however, the following are sources of general information relating to construction materials. • Building Regulations, including current Amend - ments and Approved Documents to 2013 • RIBA Office Library and Barbour Index • Building Research Establishment (BRE) publications • Trade association publications • Trade exhibitions • Trade literature • Architecture and built environment journals • British Board of Agrément certificates • British Standards • European Standards • Eurocodes • The Construction Information Service European Standards (EN) have been published for a wide range of materials. A full European Standard, known in the UK as BS EN, is mandatory and overrules any conflicting previous British Standard which must be withdrawn. Prior to full publication, the draft European Standards are coded pr EN and are available for comment, but not implementation. BRE Inform ation Paper IP 3/99 (1999) identifies the issues relating to the adoption in the UK of the structural Eurocodes. The Construction Products Regulation (2013) makes marking of all products defined by har - monised European Product Standards mandatory. This is designed to ensure a unified set of rules to underpin the performance characteristics of construc - tion prod ucts across the European Union. Under thConstruc tion Products Regulation, technical specifi - cations are defined in either the appropriate European Standards (ENs) or in a relevant European Assessment Docu ment. Defined performance characteristics include mechanical properties, stability, reaction to fire, health and safety issues, energy and sustainability. Within the European Standards (ENs) issues relating to har monised product standards including mark - ing are defined in the Annex ZA. The Building Research Establishment (BRE) publishes informative and authoritative material on a wide range of subjects relating to construction. Trade associations and manufacturers produce promotional literature and websites relating to their particular area of interest within the building industry. Architecture and building journals give news of innovations and illustrate their realisation in quality construction. Much literature has recently been presented, including from governmental organisations, in respect of the need to reduce energy consumption within the built environ - ment sector to ameliorate the effects of global warming and climate change. Information for this text has been obtained from a wide selection of sources to produce a student text with an overview of the production, nature and properties of the diverse range of building materials. New individual products and modifications to existing products frequently enter the market; some materials become unavailable. Detailed information and particu - larly current technical data relating to any specific product for specification purposes should therefore be obtained directly from the manufacturers or suppliers, and cross-checked against current standards and regulations.


Materials for Architects and Builders Fifth Edition By Arthur Lyons


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