Building and Environment, Vol. 19, No. 3, pp. 207208, 1984. Pergamon Press Ltd. Printed in Great Britain.
Building Control by Legislation: The UK Experience
will have appreciated the true relationship between the various parts of the building control process. This book enables the various parts to be seen in their proper context ; it will made interesting, if somewhat laborious reading, for all persons who are concerned with the building process.
J. H. G A R N H A M W R I G H T John Wiley & Sons, 243 pp,, ISBN 0 471 90044 3, £19.95 (1983).
Building Control by Legislation: The UK Experience is the first book in a series which will examine the main systems of building control which are used in the Western world. The intention is to examine national systems of building control fundamentally and to concentrate on the basic principles of theory and practice. In this first volume the various methods which are employed in the countries of Europe are reviewed briefly but the main subject is the building control system which operates in the U.K. The book deals with all of the various aspects of building control in the U.K. The author begins with a description of the structure of the building control~system : the roles of Parliament, local authorities, the law courts and the professions in both the formulation of building regulations and the operation of the building control process are considered. Recent developments in the system are described in fair detail, especially those which have occurred in the last decade, and this provides an overview of the totality of the system which is currently in operation in the U.K. A chapter is then devoted to a consideration of the building regulations themselves and this is concerned mainly with the problems which are associated with providing regulations which are both reasonably straightforward to use, for designers and inspectors, and which nevertheless provide the required safeguards for the client and the public in general. This chapter is used as a vehicle for a discussion of the various possibly approaches to the formulation of regulations and is therefore concerned with fundamental principles as much as with U.K. practice. Separate chapters are devoted to questions such as the enforcement of regulations, the roles of codes of practice and standards and to possible future options for methods of building control ; in each case the theory and practice of the various issues are discussed both in general terms and in relation to current practice in the U.K. The book considers the theory and practice of building regulations from the points of view of the legislators, the administrators and the users, and it provides an overview of the U.K. System, Anyone who is connected with building will have encountered building regulations in some form or another and it is probably true to say that few
Indoor Air Quality BEAT MEYER Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, Inc., 434 pp., ISBN 0-201-05094-3, £14.95 (1983).
THE AUTHOR'S objectives in writing this book, as stated in the preface, are to describe some of the factors that determine interior air quality, to provide a review of the current state of knowledge of the subject and to supply an up-to-date list of publications that describe the frontiers of research on it. These objectives have been achieved and the book provides a more or less complete account of the current state of knowledge of the factors which affect the purity and general quality of the air within buildings and which determine the minimum requirements which are acceptable in respect of air quality. The preliminary chapters deal with the parameters which define the health and welfare of building occupants and the building factors which determine the quality of the indoor climate in various types of building. The prevailing air pollutants and their sources are reviewed, and methods for monitoring and analysing air quality are also described. The levels of exposure to pollutants, and the effects of these on health are explained in two of the longest chapters in the book and these are followed by a concluding section in which the various methods of controlling the internal environment are described in general terms ; the roles in the latter of regulations and legislation is also covered in this final section. The book therefore provides a fairly comprehensive treatment of the field of air quality and provides background information of a type which is essential for the design of large buildings in which systems are required to control the internal environment; it will therefore be a good reference source for designers of this type of building. It does not cover the design of the hardware which are used for air handling or environmental control. 207