Recent publications

Structural Survey

ISSN: 0263-080X

Article publication date: 8 November 2011



(2011), "Recent publications", Structural Survey, Vol. 29 No. 5.



Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2011, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Recent publications

Recent publications

Article Type: Editorial From: Structural Survey, Volume 29, Issue 5.

Eurocodes expert

This is an Institution of Civil Engineers and Institution of Structural Engineers initiative to help design engineers as well as clients, manufacturers, building control officers and academics, trainers and students understand and use the new European structural design codes. The website is available at

Essential maths for engineering and construction

Published by Spon Press this textbook by Mark Breach guides students through the potential pitfalls of different types of interest rates, geometry, statistics, calculus or any of the other mathematical areas vital to their degree. This book looks not only at how to prevent mistakes, but provides a primer for the fundamental mathematical skills required for an engineering or construction degree. Published in paperback (ISBN 978-0-415-57927-8) at £12.99 and in hardback (ISBN 978-0-415-57926-1) at £65.00.

Dilapidations Price Book 2011

Compiled from independent material prices, the BCIS Dilapidations Price Book 2011 contains estimating prices for the types of work typically required to be undertaken on a property in order for a tenant to have complied with their covenants or obligations contained within the lease of the property. The new edition includes:

  • A new section on external, internal and mobile scaffolding

  • A central reference point for benchmarking and confidence that early cost advice is correct

  • Location factors to calculate costs for specific areas

  • Forecasting information for future accuracy

The Dilapidations Price Book 2011 is published by BCIS (+ 44 (0) 870 333 1600) and priced at £199.

A surveyor's guide to RICS home surveys

The RICS Home Surveys brand was launched in 2010 and is fast becoming recognised by the industry as home to the definitive property reports. The series includes the RICS HomeBuyer Report and the new RICS Condition Report. Understanding the reports, and putting theory into practice, presents a challenge for all practitioners involved in delivering these services. A surveyor's guide to the RICS Home Surveys is here to help. This step-by-step companion guide written by Phil Parnham, provides expert advice and helpful tips for contracting with the client, conducting and recording the inspection and writing reports, along with useful suggestions for marketing services. Expanding on the official RICS guidance governing the reports, this book gives clear explanations, illustrated with examples, of each stage in the process of delivering the services, including checklists, site notes and complete samples of each report. Published by RICS Books (ISBN 9781842196885) the book is priced at £45.00.

Surveying safely guidance note

The RICS has published a new guidance note, Surveying Safely. It has been prepared by the RICS Health and Safety Advisory Group and is full of helpful information. It looks at Health and Safety responsibilities from both a corporate and an individual perspective and identifies the moral, ethical and practical issues that confront property professionals everywhere. Available to download by members from the RICS website.

Integrating BREEAM throughout the design process: a guide to achieving higher BREEAM and code for sustainable homes ratings (FB 28)

Published by IHS BRE Press this 58-page guide is written by Virginia Cinquemani and Josephine Prior. BREEAM and the Code for Sustainable Homes are two of the most widely used environmental assessment methods for buildings in the world and continue to drive higher standards of sustainability in the built environment. This BRE Trust Report provides practical information on how to achieve higher BREEAM and Code for Sustainable Homes ratings and improve the sustainability of assessed buildings. It will help all parties involved in a building's construction to streamline and integrate the environmental assessment process into day-to-day design practice. Published in paperback (978-1-84806-149-1) at £35.00 including an accompanying CD-ROM.

Understanding the building regulations

Simon Polley boils down the regulations to their basic features, explaining the core principles behind them. Easy to read and light enough to carry around with you, this is the ideal introduction to a vital part of the remit of a building control officer, architect or surveyor.

This 5th Edition has been updated with the extensive 2010 changes, and is illustrated with cartoons. It is published by Spon Press in paperback (978-0-415-60863-3) at £20.99–298 pages.

Adams’ building construction

Henry Adam's book on Building Construction is considered one of the finest text books of the Edwardian era. First published in 1906, this reprint of the 1912 edition is an ideal reference offering invaluable information on traditional construction techniques. The book is copiously illustrated with the author's own excellent drawings. James Campbell has written an introduction to the reprint by Donhead and says: “Adams’ work sits comfortably alongside the other great construction books of the period: Rivingtons (also facsimiled by Donhead) and Mitchell's. The latter two were actually slightly earlier […]. There seems to be little doubt that its great advantage over its rivals was its format: while the others consisted of several volumes, Adams covered everything in a single one. As such it was more popular with students of building construction preparing for their exams and no doubt they kept it at their side for reference throughout their working lives”. This reprinted edition is 632 pages long in hardback (ISBN 978 1 873394 93 9), priced at £58.00 and available direct from

Maintenance of historic buildings: a practical handbook

Another book from Donhead Publishing, Maintenance of Historic Buildings by Jürgen Klemisch is a useful sourcebook which provides a model for planning a maintenance programme which will reduce unnecessary subsequent costs. By following this guide building managers and conservation advisors can produce a definitive logbook covering all maintenance needs, including timing for repairs and accurate budgeting. Using simple work cards, it sets out responsibilities, explains the nature of the tasks, shows how they should be performed, where they are and who should undertake them. It also demonstrates how routine inspections can be undertaken with minimal disturbance. The useful checklists and spreadsheets act as an aide-memoire to assist with the process. The book is 220 pages, in hardback (ISBN 978 1 873394 92 2) and priced at £35.00.

Arts and crafts house styles

This book is published by Countryside Books and written by Trevor Yorke. He describes its structure and its style and, using both his own illustrations and colour photographs, shows the distinctive features and details of genuine Arts and Crafts homes ranging from wide arched porches and elongated mullioned windows to terracotta plaques and decorative ironwork. There are chapters describing the interior decoration which characterised the Arts and Crafts house including examples of furniture, wallpapers, fabrics, and distinctive details like door handles, hinges and light fittings. This is a perfect book for those who want to learn more about the simplicity and elegance of the Arts and Crafts style. The book is priced at £6.95 and available from Countryside Books (Tel: + 44 (0) 1635 43816, Website:

Reinstatement cost assessments of building

This publication is intended as a guide for surveyors who carry out reinstatement cost assessments of buildings. It provides detailed guidance on the manner in which it is recommended assessments be approached, the nature and extent of the information to be collated, and the method by which this information should be processed and the assessment calculated and submitted. Available for RICS members to download from their website.

Contract administration

The purpose of this Guidance Note is to provide practical guidance to RICS members in England and Wales, who undertake the role of “Contract Administrator” (CA). The role of CA covers a wide range of possible services and projects from the smallest residential schemes through to larger commercial projects. Available for RICS members to download from their website.

Architect's pocket book

This book by Ann Ross and Jonathan Hetreed provides guidance on a range of tasks, from complying with the Building Regulations, including the recent revisions to Part L, to helping with planning, use of materials and detailing. This book is useful for construction professionals who do not have an architectural background but need to understand the basics, fast. Published by Architectural Press in paperback (368 pages) at £19.99 (ISBN: 9780080969596).

Building regulations in brief

A popular and affordable guide to the building regulations, Building Regulations in Brief has been updated to reflect constant changes including those that came into force in October 2010. This edition includes the latest on the significant amendments to Parts L1A, L1B, L2A and L2B (Conservation of fuel and power in new and existing dwellings), Part F (Ventilation), Part G (Revised code for sustainable homes, the water calculator, rain and ground water) and Part J (Combustion appliances and fuel storage systems).

Written by Ray Tricker and Samantha Alford and published by Butterworth-Heinemann this paperback has 984 pages and is priced at £24.99 (ISBN 9781856176965).

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