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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Construction Technology 1: House Construction

Edition 3rd Edition
ISBN 9781137030177
Publication Date July 2013
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave

Construction Technology 1: House Construction is a widely used and popular textbook designed specifically to support the study of domestic house construction at undergraduate degree and HNC/HND level.
This third edition has been thoroughly revised to reflect new technology and construction methods. Its student-friendly layout and features take you through each step of the building process from planning to internal finishes.

Construction Technology 1: House Construction
• has a clear and accessible text structure for ease of use, with each chapter including definitions of key terms, review tasks and reflective summaries
• features a wealth of case studies drawn from real-life building sites
• includes comparative studies that allow critical evaluation of different build details or design solutions
• includes an entirely new chapter on sustainable construction
• uses an enhanced page layout, with improved figures and new photos, including a new plate section of colour photos

A companion website featuring photographs and outline answers to the review tasks can be found at:

Mike Riley is Director and Alison Cotgrave is Deputy Director of the School of the Built Environment, Liverpool John Moores University, UK.

1. Functions of buildings
2. Preparing to build
3. The building process
4. Foundations
5. Walls below ground
6. Ground floors
7. External walls
8. Upper floors and stairs
9. Internal division of space: walls and partitions
10. Roof: structures and coverings
11. Windows, doors and ventilation
12. Internal finishes
13. Overview of alternative sustainable construction methods.


This text is perfect as an introduction to modern house construction. The structure is so easy to follow with topics clearly explained in an easy to understand style which includes clear visual images and annotated drawings. All this plus the extremely valuable web-site support material really makes this text a winner with students.' - Ian Wardle, Senior Lecturer, University of Central Lancashire, UK
Praise for the previous edition: 'The topics are logically organised and presented in a manner that is easy to follow, and just about every relevant subject, from planning to completion, is included...It would be a useful addition to the library of anyone involved in house construction and would be relevant on a wide range of courses, from basic technician level to architectural degrees.' - Matthew Harrington, Times Higher Education
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