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Since the previous edition, reprint opportunities have permitted some amendments to include new procedures resulting from legislative and practice changes. This edition develops these further, with greater attention to information and detail. It also addresses many more recent issues, especially aspects of the Building Regulations that now require housing to be designed and built to more environmentally responsible and thermally efficient standards.

These include reducing fuel energy consumption of heating and hot water equipment and the establishment of continuous insulation about the building envelope. Reference is also provided for carbon emission assessment relative to the fuel efficiency construction of dwellings. Notwithstanding contemporary requirements, some well established building practices and techniques described in previous editions are purposely retained. These remain a valid reference to existing building stock.

Human rights issues are considered with regard to building designers and owners responsibilities for providing accessibility for the disabled. The implications of the Disability Discrimination Act and the associated Building Regulations for new dwellings are outlined in a new chapter containing basic provisions. As with previous editions the content is neither extensive nor prescriptive, space would never permit inclusion of every possible means for constructing buildings. However, the content is generally representative and details and explanations typical of adopted procedures.

Allowance should be made for regional traditions, material resources and local standards. The original concept of providing supplementary lecture support material for students of construction is maintained. This book should be read in conjunction with experiential learning in the work place or by observation. Further study of associated legislation, practice guidance papers, product manufacturer’s literature and specialised text is encouraged. In conjunction with this edition’s companion volume, Advanced Construction Technology, the reader should gain an appreciation of the subject material to support progression through technical, academic and professional qualifications.

Roy Chudley’s Construction Technology was first published in four volumes, between 1973 and 1977. The material has since been continuously updated through numerous reprints and full second editions in 1987. The books have gained a world-wide readership, and their success – and their impact on construction education – is a tribute to Roy Chudley’s experience in further and higher education and his talents as a skilled technologist, illustrator and writer. As a former colleague, it has been a privilege to once again work with Roy, on this occasion revising his original work, and compiling the material into two books: Construction Technology and Advanced Construction Technology.

The content forms a thorough study for all students of building, construction management, architecture, surveying and the many other related disciplines within the diverse construction profession. The original presentation of comprehensive text matched by extensive illustration is retained. Changes in legislation, such as the Building and Construction Regulations, have been fully incorporated into the text; however, as much

of the original work as possible has been purposely retained as it contains many relevant examples of existing construction. Additional material discusses the new developments and concepts of contemporary practice. The two new volumes are complementary, as many of the topics introduced here are further developed in Advanced Construction Technology.