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BUILDING SERVICES HANDBOOK

 BUILDING SERVICES HANDBOOK

BUILDING SERVICES HANDBOOK


The capital and installation costs of building services in modern buildings can take up 50% of the total construction budget. For highly serviced buildings such as sports centres, this figure can easily exceed 75%. Services can also take up 15% of a building’s volume. Therefore building services cannot be ignored. Architects have learnt to accept and accommodate the increased need for pipes, ducts and cabling encroaching on to their designs.

Some with reluctance, not least Louis Kahn when writing in World Architecture in 1964: ‘I do not like ducts, I do not like pipes. I hate them so thoroughly, I feel that they have to be given their place. If I just hated them and took no care, I think they would invade the building and completely destroy it.’ Not all architects have chosen to compete with the ducting and mechanical plant. Some have followed the examples of Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers by integrating it with the construction and making it a feature of the building, viz. the Pompidou Centre in Paris and the Lloyds Building in London.

Building services are the dynamics in a static structure, providing movement, communications, facilities and comfort. As they are unavoidable,it is imperative that architects, surveyors, builders, structural engineers,planners, estate managers and all those concerned with the construction of buildings have a knowledge and appreciation of the subject.

This book incorporates a wide range of building services. It provides a convenient reference for all construction industry personnel. It is an essential reference for the craftsman, technician, construction site manager, facilities manager and building designer. For students of building crafts,national certificates and diplomas, undergraduates and professional examinations, this book will substantiate study notes and be an important supplement to lectures.


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