Building Surveys and Reports by James Douglas
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Building Surveys and Reports by James Douglas



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The Authors of Building Surveys and Reports

James Douglas and Edward A. Noy are the editors of Building Surveys and Reports Fourth Edition PDF Book.

Main Contents of Building Surveys and Reports PDF


  • General Principles and Responsibilities 
  • What is a building survey
  • Housing quality initiatives
  • Other housing quality initiatives 
  • Housing health and safety rating system (HHSRS)
  • Domestic survey implications 
  • A non-domestic condition rating system 
  • Condition appraisal
  • The purpose of the survey 
  • Surveyor’s responsibilities 
  • Contracts and fees 
  • Procedure and Equipment 
  • Basic survey methodology 
  • Preliminary operations 
  • Property risks 
  • Equipment for measured drawing surveys 
  • Equipment for surveying buildings and examining defects 35 3 Measurement of Existing Buildings Preliminaries 41 
  • Internal measuring 
  • Roof space 
  • External measuring 
  • Leveling 
  • Plotting the survey 
  • Surveys of Historic Buildings
  • General considerations
  • Medieval churches 
  • Church towers
  • Church bells and fittings
  • Measured drawings
  • Foundation 
  • Introduction 
  • Causes of failure
  • Differential movement 
  • Inadequate foundations
  • Overloading
  • Unequal settlement 
  • Effect of tree roots 
  • Shallow foundations
  • Building on sloping sites 
  • Building on made up ground 
  • Diagnosis 
  • Defective Walls and Partitions Above Ground 
  • Type of failure
  •  Bulging and leaning walls
  • Overloading 
  • Thermal and moisture movements 
  • Failure in arches and lintels
  •  Defective materials and chemical action
  •  Failures in bonding and defects at junctions 
  • Frost failure 
  • Cavity walls 
  • Built-in iron and steel members 
  • Tile and slate hanging and weatherboarding 
  • Assessment of cracks 
  • Natural stone masonry
  •  Defects in stonework
  • Cast stone 
  • Recording defects
  • Corrosion and cracking
  • Aggregates 
  • Thermal expansion
  • Frost damage 
  • Electrolytic action 
  • Lightweight aggregates 
  • Deflection 
  • Diagnosis
  • Brick panel walls in reinforced concrete frames 
  • No-fines concrete housing 
  • Autoclaved aerated concrete 
  • cladding materials 

Preface to Building Surveys and Reports eBook


This book provides a comprehensive guide for surveyors and architects on the steps to take when approached by a client asking for a structural survey. (Building Surveys and Reports by James Douglas BSc)

t deals with all types of buildings: domestic, commercial and industrial. Advice is given on how to diagnose faults, with many detailed sketches and photographs to illustrate the text.

Examples of various types of reports are given in the appendices. We are living in an era of change. Adaptation of buildings for different uses and extensions to existing buildings are commonplace.

In each of these cases measured and building surveys are necessary. Some of the difficulties which are met with are described in Chapters 3 and 4, and advice is given as to how to avoid mistakes.

The book covers both old and new methods of construction. The subject has been treated basically under the elements of construction, most of which are interrelated. (Building Surveys and Reports by James Douglas)

It is assumed, however, that the reader has some knowledge of building techniques.

Flood and fire damage has been given a separate chapter since it involves different structural problems in diagnosing the cause, as well as negotiations with insurance assessors before steps for reinstatement can be put in hand. During the past 60 years, there have been many new materials and construction techniques using new and traditional materials.

The surveyor can no longer be dependent on a limited range of materials but must exercise his judgment in a widening realm of alternatives. (Building Surveys and Reports by James Douglas)

The fabric of a building has to satisfy different user needs and occupational factors. The surveyor’s duty is to identify what performance is required from the fabric in terms of durability and weather tightness.

It is therefore essential that he must have a sound knowledge of not only building construction, but also the performance of materials in use.


The focus of this book is primarily on the traditional construction of residential and non-residential buildings. It aims to provide the reader with guidance on the methodology and risks of inspecting and surveying buildings generally. (Building Surveys and Reports by James Douglas BSc)

What makes this revised edition different from most of its competitors is that it includes a comparison of the various surveys available.

In this regard, reference has been made to the Construction Industry Council’s 1997 guidance note on the definitions of building inspections and surveys (see Appendix I).

Also contained in this edition are examples of typical schedules used in condition and dilapidations surveys. This supplements the other sample survey checklists described in Appendices III and IV. (Building Surveys and Reports by James Douglas)

The importance given to construction safety has increased since the early 1990s. One of the appendices contains guidance from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) on surveying properties safely.

Appendix VIII contains a glossary of terms relevant to building inspections and surveys. The introduction of the ill-fated Home Condition Report near the end of the first decade of the twenty-first century has prompted a marked increase in publications dealing with this subject.

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The Bibliography of this fourth edition has been expanded as well as updated to reflect this upsurge. The new material in this edition covers in slightly more detail slate supply and slate defects. (Building Surveys and Reports by James Douglas)

It also addresses condition appraisal of non-domestic property using the Department of Health’s rating system. The number of checklist schedules in the appendices has been expanded accordingly.

It is hoped that this book becomes the main primer for construction undergraduates and novice building surveyors learning to inspect and survey landed property. (Building Surveys and Reports by James Douglas)

Also, hopefully, more experienced construction professionals involved in surveying buildings will find this revised edition useful.


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