Fundamental Building Technology

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Concentrates on simple house construction as a way into the subject

Companion site includes answers manual and lecture notes for lecturers

Self-study questions throughout each chapter keep the reader on track

Addresses everything the novice student needs to learn about the physical construction process, including an overview of planning, the building regulations, and sustainable building

150 detailed diagrams illustrate essential features and technologies

Students' section of companion site features 250 supporting full colour photographs, and multiple choice quizzes


Fundamental Building Technology introduces the technology, methods, and processes fundamental to construction by focussing on what is involved in building a typical low-rise house. Written with the novice in mind, this textbook is the ideal starting point for any construction student, as it fully supports the reader all the way to understanding the functional requirements of each element of the building, and how to take these into account through the building process itself.

This second edition is expanded to cover even more relevant topics, and is supported by more resources for use by the student and lecturer. Now included are:

  • An introduction to the planning process and the building regulations
  • How to incorporate a sustainable approach, in the selection of materials and elsewhere
  • A companion site with lecturer’s answers manual and illustrated lecture notes
  • 150 labelled diagrams throughout the book, and multiple self-study questions in every chapter
  • A students’ section of the companion site with multiple choice quizzes and 250 full-colour photos linked to chapters of the book

Concise, focussed and the most student-friendly guide to this topic available, Fundamental Building Technology is the perfect textbook for those taking construction technology modules at undergraduate or HNC/HND level.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Building Technology  2. Development controls  3. Site Investigation and the Type of Ground  4. Excavations  5. Foundations  6. Concrete  7. Bricks and Blocks  8. External Walls  9. Bonding and Openings  10. Timber  11. Ground Floors  12. Upper Floors  13. Flat Roof Construction and Coverings  14. Pitched Roof Construction and Coverings  15. Timber Frame and Steel Frame House Construction  16. Windows  17. Doors  18. Stairs  19. Plasters and Plasterboards  20. Internal Walls and Partitions  21. Internal Finishes  22. External Wall Finishes

Editorial Reviews

'Informs and seeks to test the reader's understanding of building materials and the construction process ... a very well thought-out and useful publication.'Building Engineer