PREFACE TO THIRD EDITION
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 worldwide 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 in Construction Technology are further developed here. Together the books provide essential reading for all students aspiring to management, technologist and professional qualifications. They should be read alongside the current local building regulations and national standards, and where possible supplemented by direct experience in the workplace.
PREFACE TO FOURTH EDITION
Since the previous edition, reprint opportunities have permitted some amendments.
These have included new procedures, relative to legislative and practice changes.
This revised edition develops these further, with greater attention to information and detail. It also incorporates more recent issues, especially aspects of the Building Regulations that require buildings to be designed and constructed to higher energyefficient standards. The responsibilities on building designers and owners with
regard to human rights are considered in a new chapter outlining the facilities required for the convenience of the less able using buildings other than dwellings.
Notwithstanding contemporary requirements, the book’s established construction principles are retained. These provide a useful reference to existing building stock, and, where appropriate, modifications are included to illustrate ongoing change.
The content represents the basic elements of construction practice. The book is neither extensive nor prescriptive, as there is insufficient space in any book to include every possible means for constructing commercial and industrial buildings.
However, the content is generally representative, and the reader is encouraged to develop their knowledge through experiential learning, observation in the workplace, and reading manufacturer’s literature and technical articles in
professional journals. Reference sources for supplementary reading are provided throughout.
In conjunction with this edition’s companion volume, Construction Technology, the reader should gain an appreciation of the subject material to support progression through any technical, academic or professional qualification study programme that includes construction as core or supplementary modules.
This book originated in the 1970s as part of a four-volume series written by Roy Chudley. As a result of its popularity, numerous reprints and a new edition followed. In 1998 the series was rewritten by Roger Greeno as two separate volumes: the initial two volumes formed the basis for the companion title, Construction Technology,