Bringing technical, practical and legal aspects of building defects together for the first time in one volume, this book offers a roadmap through the minefield of faults and disputes that bedevil many construction projects. Poor communication, cost cutting and rushed work are not the only ways in which faults are introduced into construction. New pitfalls appear daily, as modern technologies supplant tried-and-tested traditions. And as both building and legal practices evolve alongside rising standards and more demanding regulation, it is not safe to assume that what worked yesterday is good enough for tomorrow. Written by Robert Evans, whose experience spans many years and seven different legal jurisdictions, this book draws together key aspects of science, law and practice to provide an overview of the principles of the prevention, diagnosis and cure of defects and the related aspects of legal remedy and liability. Its forensic approach and friendly style will be welcomed by architects, surveyors, engineers and all those professional consultants who advise on construction projects or operate as expert witnesses.
Author: Robert William Houghton-Evans
Publisher: RIBA Publications
Publication Date: September 2005