Materials for Architects and Builders Fifth Edition By Arthur Lyons.
Preface: Materials for Architects and Builders is written as an introductory text to inform students at undergraduate degree and national diploma level of the relevant visual and physical properties of the widest range of building materials. The fifth edition has been signifi – cantly enhanced by the addition of more colour images, illustrating the materials and in many cases their use in new buildings of architectural merit. The text embraces the broad environmental issues with sections on energy-saving and recycled materials. The chapter on sustainability reflects the current debate on climate change and governmental action to reduce carbon emissions and ameliorate global warming. There are 18 chapters covering the wide range of materials under standard headings. Each chapter describes the manu – facture, salient properties and typical uses of the various materials, with the aim of ensuring their appropriate application within awareness of their ecological impact. European Standards are taking over from the previous British Standards, and the European Norms have now been published for most key materials.
Generally, this has led to an increase in the number of relevant standards for building materials. However, in some cases, both the British and European Standards are current, and are therefore included in the text and references.
New and rediscovered old materials, where they are becoming well integrated into standard building processes, are described, together with innovative pro – ducts yet to receive general acceptance. Other materials no longer in use are generally disregarded, except where increased concern for environmental issues has created renewed interest. The use of chemical terminology is kept to the minimum required to understand each subject area, and is only significantly used within the context of the structure of plastics. Tabulated data is restricted to an informative level appropriate to student use. An extensive bibliography and listed sources of technical information are provided at the end of each chapter to facilitate direct reference where necessary.
The text is well illustrated with over 300 line drawings and colour photographs, showing the pro – duction, appearance and appropriate use of materials, but it is not intended to describe construction details, as these are illustrated in the standard texts on building construction. Environmental concerns including energy-conscious design and the effects of fire are automatically considered as part of the broader understanding of the various materials.
The text is essential reading for honours and founda – tion degree, BTEC and advanced GNVQ stu dents of architecture, building, surveying and construc tion, and those studying within the broad range of built environment subjects, who wish to understand the principles relating to the appropriate use of construc – tion materials. Arthur Lyons _ January 2014
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