Building Construction Handbook provides extensive coverage of building construction practice, processes and techniques, representing established procedures as well as those associated with recent amendments to the Building Regulations, British and European Standards and other related references. This approach, combined with the presentation of information in a highly illustrated and unique visual style, has proven this text to be a vital learning resource for thousands of building construction students, and an essential reference for professionals.
Since our beginnings, we have sought shelter as protection from the elements. Yet, even
today, after centuries of technological advances in materials and construction techniques,
we are still confronted by nature’s elements contaminating our constructed shelters.
This is not due to a lack of effective waterproofing systems and products.
Waterproofing problems continue to plague us due to the increasing complexity of shelter
construction, a disregard for the most basic waterproofing principles, and an inability
to coordinate interfacing between the multitude of construction systems involved in a
Adequately controlling groundwater, rainwater, and surface water will prevent damage
and avoid unnecessary repairs to building envelopes. In fact, water is the most
destructive weathering element of concrete, masonry, and natural stone structures. Water
continues to damage or completely destroy more buildings and structures than war or
natural disasters. Water and moisture infiltration is also responsible for mold formation
and the related health issues of building occupants.
Waterproofing techniques preserve a structure’s integrity and usefulness through an
understanding of natural forces and their effect during life-cycling. Waterproofing also involves
choosing proper designs and materials to counter the detrimental effects of these natural
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This comprehensive book containing essential information on the applicability of thermal analysis techniques to evaluate inorganic and organic materials in construction technology should serve as a useful reference for the scientist, engineer, construction technologist, architect, manufacturer, and user of construction materials, standard-writing bodies, and analytical chemists.
The material scientists at the National Research Council of Canada have established one of the best thermal analysis laboratories in the world. Various types of thermal analysis techniques have been applied successfully to the investigation of inorganic and organic construction materials. These studies have provided important information on the characterization of raw as well as finished materials, quality control, quantitative estimation, interrelationships between physical, chemical, mechanical, and durability characteristics.