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Building Construction


Geometry of Construction

ISBN 13 9781873394892

Authors: Nicholls T & Keep N

Published by: Donhead (2009 reprint of 1954 edition)

Reprint of period textbook first published in 1947. An illustrated guide to all aspects of geometry for construction and engineering.


The Pattern of English Building

ISBN 0 571 13988 4

Author: Alec Clifton-Taylor

Published by: Faber and Faber (1962 to 1987)

A respected illustrated guide to regional materials and techniques found in historic buildings in England.


Building Construction Handbook

ISBN 0 7506 3753 6

Authors: Chudley R & Greeno R

Published by: Butterworth-Heineman (1988 to 1998)

An Illustrated text book covering aspects of building construction, materials, techniques and procedures. Traditionally a standard text book for training RICS surveyors.


The International Book of Wood

ISBN 0-85533-081-3

Published by: Mitchell Beazley from (1976 to 1992)

Colour illustrated reference book covering all aspects of wood and its uses from the anatomy of a tree and timber types to its processing and uses in architecture, engineering and cultural significance.


McKay's Building Construction

by McKay, W B
ISBN 978 1 873394 72 4
Donhead Publishing 2005

Reprint of the combined three volumes that McKay published between 1938 and 1944


Rivington’s Building Construction, facsimile of 1904 edition; 3 volumes

Author: Maj Percy Smith, with and introduction by Lawrance Hurst

Published by: Donhead Publication Ltd.

ISBN 1 873394 66 7

Reprint of the revised 1904 edition, in 3 volumes, contains over 1,350 pages of text and useful line drawings. Volume 1 covers brickwork, carpentry and roofing, giving detailed practical guidance on all aspects of the work and offering definitions of the terms used. Volume 2 includes sections on joinery, stairs and floors with Volume 3 providing detailed information on materials, including stone, brickwork, lime and paint.