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Description - Building in the 21st Century by Robert Cooke

This new, easy to read textbook provides the fundamentals of building in the 21st century. Full of colour photographs, drawings and details, it has been prepared for students following BTEC / EdEXCEL units of the National Award, Certificate and Diploma in Construction. GCSE and Higher National students should also find it of practical use. The topics of Sustainable Development, Energy and Utilities are considered from a global viewpoint down to regional and local levels. Social and political aspects are considered against an environmental background. The innovative approach concentrates on the fundamentals providing reasons as to "why?", and practical solutions to the problems of measurement, design, and construction. Throughout the book, issues of health and safety have been integrated, emphasising the importance of the subject to everyone in the construction industry. The book opens with the topic of surveying, from the measurement of what exists such as land and buildings, to setting out for the builders, including worked examples of the maths and short work sheets. This is followed by an elemental approach to structures, including construction techniques and site issues.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781405156554
ISBN-10: 1405156554
Format: Paperback
(242mm x 187mm x 26mm)
Pages: 504
Imprint: Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 24-Sep-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Robert Cooke

Robert Cooke is currently a lecturer at Barking College in the School of the Built Environment teaching construction students from GCSE through to BTEC/Edexcel Higher National Certificate. He has over 35 years experience in the construction industry, starting off as an apprenticed shopfitter/carpenter/joiner both on the bench and as a site fixer, and later becoming a setter out in the drawing office. To gain wider experience he became a site carpenter for a local builder in the days when virtually everything was done by hand. Making a career change he trained as a surveyor and technical representative for a timber preservative and damp-proofing company and then spent many years as a technical and architectural representative for an international glass and glazing company, working mainly in the commercial sector. For almost a decade before teaching full time he changed direction to become a technical and architectural representative for a national Aircrete manufacturer. He has plenty of experience attending site, working on design details with architects, engineers, quantity surveyors and contractors. After spending many years teaching part time at the College of Technology at Southend-on-Sea, he took up a full time lecturing post at Barking College in the late 1980s. He has a particular interest in environmental and sustainable development issues. Building is not just a career for him it is an obsession according to his wife, Ann. Even when on holiday he is always going off to look at the local building sites.

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