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Barry’s Introduction to Construction of Buildings, 4th Edition

An authoritative, well-established, comprehensive, practical, and highly illustrated guide to construction practice

Based mainly on domestic and residential buildings—and filled with extensive illustrations throughout—this concise text is the ideal introduction to the subject of building construction. It provides the basic material that readers need in order to understand the construction process for the majority of low rise buildings. The book explains construction technology through the key functional and performance requirements for the main elements common to all buildings. With a strong focus on building efficiency and meeting the challenges posed by limiting the environmental impact of buildings, and new “at a glance” summaries allowing you to grasp the salient points of each chapter, readers will find the text fully up to date with the latest building regulations and construction technology.

Barry’s Introduction to Construction of Buildings, Fourth Edition starts by taking an in-depth look at the construction process and general principles of construction. It then offers comprehensive chapter coverage of site analysis, set-up, drainage and scaffolding; ground stability and foundations; floors, walls, doors, windows, roofs, stairs, and ramps; surface finishes; internal environment and energy supply; and water supply and sanitation.

Deals with design, technology, site assembly, and environmental issues of domestic and residential buildings
Thoroughly updated, with particular attention paid to the concept of building efficiency and improved integration of the topics covered to match current student needs
New “at a glance” summaries at the beginning of each chapter
A companion to Barry’s Advanced Construction of Buildings, Fourth Edition
Barry’s Introduction to Construction of Buildings is an excellent source of information for undergraduate students and those working towards similar NQF level 5 and 6 qualifications in building and construction.

Building Your Own Home for Dummies

Keep construction on track with helpful checklists

Turn your dream of a custom home into reality!

Thinking about building your own home? This easy-to-follow guide shows you how to plan and build a beautiful home on any budget. From acquiring land to finding the best architect to overseeing the construction, you get lots of savvy tips on managing your new investment wisely — and staying sane during the process!

Discover how to:
* Find the best homesite
* Navigate the plan approval process
* Obtain financing
* Hire the right contractor
* Cut design and construction costs
* Avoid common mistakes

Speed Reading For Dummies

Learn to:

Increase your reading speed and comprehension
Use speed techniques for any type of reading material
Improve your silent reading skills
Recall more of what you read
The fun and easy way® to become a more efficient, effective reader!

Want to read faster ― and recall more of what you read? This practical, hands-on guide gives you the techniques you need to increase your reading speed and retention, whether you’re reading books, e-mails, magazines, or even technical journals! You’ll find reading aids and plenty of exercises to help you read faster and better comprehend the text.

Yes, you can speed read ― discover the skills you need to read quickly and effectively, break your bad reading habits, and take in more text at a glance
Focus on the fundamentals ― widen your vision span and see how to increase your comprehension, retention, and recall
Advance your speed-reading skills ― read blocks of text, heighten your concentration, and follow an author’s thought patterns
Zero in on key points ― skim, scan, and preread to quickly locate the information you want
Expand your vocabulary ― recognize the most common words and phrases to help you move through the text more quickly

Open the book and find:

Tried-and-true techniques from The Reader’s Edge® program
How to assess your current reading level
Tools and exercises to improve your reading skills
Speed-reading fundamentals you must know
Helpful lists of prefixes, suffixes, roots, and prime words
A speed-reading progress worksheet
Exercises for eye health and expanded reading vision
Tips for making your speed-reading skills permanent

Steam-Boiler Construction: A Practical Handbook for Engineers, Boiler-Makers, & Steam-Users, Containing a Large Collection of Rules and Data Relating to Recent Practice in the Design, Construction, and Working of All Kinds of Stationary, Locomotive & Mari

This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it.

This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity (individual or corporate) has a copyright on the body of the work.

Scholars believe, and we concur, that this work is important enough to be preserved, reproduced, and made generally available to the public. To ensure a quality reading experience, this work has been proofread and republished using a format that seamlessly blends the original graphical elements with text in an easy-to-read typeface.

We appreciate your support of the preservation process, and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant.

Teaching Kids to Spell For Dummies

Filled with enjoyable spelling activities and exercises

The fun and easy way? to help your K-5th grader become an A+ speller

If you want to make spelling easier for your child or boost spelling skills and confidence, you’ve come to the right place. Veteran reading specialist Tracey Wood gives you tips, games, exercises, word lists, and memory aids to help your child build solid spelling know-how. Her techniques are fun, fast, and effective, and best of all, they’re not boring!

Discover how to

* Mix spelling practice with reading and writing
* Spell short and long vowel words
* Make spelling easier with word families
* Gain insight into “sight” words
* Break spelling into syllable chunks