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Technical Principles of Building for Safety

By Andrew Coburn,Richard Hughes,Antonios Pomonis,Robin Spence
ISBN: 9781853391828
This book describes principles and construction techniques for builders, householders and communities who are building in hazard-prone areas. The principles are clearly and simply presented- and in a form which can be adapted for use in training or public information campaigns.

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  • Synopsis
    This book describes principles and construction techniques for builders, householders and communities who are building in hazard-prone areas. The principles are clearly and simply presented- and in a form which can be adapted for use in training or public information campaigns - with an emphasis on improving hazard-resistance at minimum cost; and the book concentrates on those principles which are universally applicable. It includes sections on site safety; building safely in brick and block; building safely in earth and stone; building safely in timber; building safely in reinforced concrete- and building a safe roof.
    This book is part of the Building for Safety Initiative of the Overseas Development Administration of the UK government, which aims to bring the knowledge of how to build safely to those who need that knowledge most. The project was devised and executed by Cambridge Architectural Research Limited and the Disaster Management Centre of Oxford Brookes University. This volume from Cambridge Architectural Research, is one of four which the Building for Safety team have produced for this initiative.
  • Table of Contents
    Acknowledgements vii
    Introduction 1
    Chapter 1 Know Your Hazards 4
    Hazard awareness, 4
    Earthquakes, 6
    Further reading on earthquakes, 7
    Wind storms, 8
    Further reading on wind storms, 11
    Floods, 12
    Further reading on floods, 15
    Land instabilities, 16
    Further reading on land instabilities, 18
    Chapter 2 Choosing a Safe Site 19
    Siting and safety, 19
    Siting a settlement, 19
    Siting a building, 21
    Safe siting in flood hazard areas, 22
    Safe siting in areas with land instabilities, 23
    Safe siting in wind-prone areas, 25
    Safe siting in earthquake areas, 26
    Further reading on safe siting, 27
    Chapter 3 Building Safely in Brick and Block 28
    Masonry and hazards, 28
    Robust building form, 29
    Firm foundations, 30
    Good-quality materials, 32
    Strong walls, 33
    Distributed openings, 35
    Horizontal reinforcement, 36
    Safe modifications, 37
    Regular maintenance, 38
    Summary, 40
    Further reading on building safely in brick and block, 40
    Chapter 4 Building Safely in Earth and Stone Weak masonry and hazards, 41
    Good practice, 43
    Robust layout, 45
    Ring beam, 46
    Summary, 47
    Further reading on building safely in earth and stone, 47
    Chapter 5 Building Safely in Timber 48
    Timber and hazards, 48
    Why timber? 50
    Good foundations, 51
    Rigid vertical structure, 51
    Braced floors and roofs, 53
    Strong connections, 54
    Regular maintenance, 54
    Protect against fire, 55
    Summary, 56
    Further reading on building safely in timber, 56
    Chapter 6 Building Safely in Reinforced Concrete 57
    Reinforced concrete and hazards, 57
    Why concrete? 58
    Robust building form, 59
    Regular frame, 60
    Attention to element design, 64
    High-quality construction, 65
    Summary, 68
    Further reading on building safely in reinforced concrete, 69
    Chapter 7 Building a Safe Roof
    Roofs and hazards, 70
    Aerodynamic roof form, 71
    Roof connected to structure, 71
    Well-fixed roof covering, 72
    Regular maintenance, 73
    Summary, 74
    Further reading on building a safe roof, 74
  • Details
    Sub Title No
    Author Andrew Coburn,Richard Hughes,Antonios Pomonis,Robin Spence
    Editor No
    Number of Pages 80
    Format Paperback / softback
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