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Purpose – The purpose of the paper is to provide a review of the dangers that termites pose for houses in Australia and to highlight the inadequacies in the existing research for determining the extent, nature and costs of termite attacks on houses. Design/methodology/approach – The...
Purpose – This paper follows the author's previous paper published in Structural Survey (Vol. 25 No. 2, pp. 98‐116), in which certain accepted methodologies, used in rights to light calculations were challenged. Now, following publication of the doctoral thesis entitled “The validity of daylight...
Purpose – It is well understood that maintenance is critical to the survival and in‐service use of any building. Despite recognition that the best way of protecting and maintaining historic buildings is to undertake a combination of proactive and reactive maintenance, it is rarely adopted or...
Purpose – The fire response of structural reinforced concrete columns is usually justified by the reduction in ultimate load bearing capacity. This is due to the decrease in mechanical strength of steel and concrete upon exposure to a fire. In structural design, it is more desirable to consider...
Purpose – This paper seeks to provide an examination of the UK private house building industry and its record of delivering to customers a quality end product. Design/methodology/approach – The paper reviews the literature regarding quality and the perception of quality along with the problem of...
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