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1.0 out of 5 stars Dangerously out of date in too many places, 18 Sept. 2013
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This review is from: Building Construction Handbook (Paperback)
I have spent most of my career as an Architect in practice and now lecture in Construction Technology. While this book is well written with good, clear illustrations, it has only been updated in a piecemeal fashion, so unless you know your construction (in which case you don't need a book at this level) a new student of construction management, architecture etc will not be able to distinguish what is up to date and what is not. If you follow the index link to lintels, for example, you will see a whole bunch of lintels which were fine in the 1970s, but would not have been legal to use in UK construction for the last 20 years; another example - the section on site surveys was described by a colleague as "antique". The book is riddled with this sort of thing; it is dangerous and should not be in circulation. I have taken these matters up with the publishers without success.
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Initial post: 11 Nov 2013 15:27:14 GMT
Hmm , Interesting review. I have working in the construction industry for 40 years and use this book probably weekly . I see nothing "dangerous" in this book what so ever and hopefully the Publishers do not take any notice of this review. I would recommend this book to anyone in the construction industry as it tells it how it is , The british housing stock encompasses everything in the book , Ignor if you only want to work on new buildings , I feel sorry for those that recieve their lectures from such a closed minded individual .
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