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Investigating Hazardous and Deleterious Building Materials

Investigating Hazardous and Deleterious Building Materials

by Trevor Rushton FRICS FBEng (01-Jul-2006)


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Book Description

As a professional you need to find information quickly and this book gives you a first point of reference and practical guidance to the identification and treatment of problems associated with some types of building materials. Bringing together the essentials of a wide range of different materials and forms of construction over the years that:

- may have been found to be hazardous to persons or to the environment
- may have been considered to be deleterious
- might have been regarded as being problematical in some way
- would probably be labelled as deleterious if they had their chance again.

Giving you advice on:

- the nature of the material
- its normal use
- problem areas
- methods of diagnosis and analysis
- methods of repair

Investigating Hazardous and Deleterious Building Materials also examines the history of the use of the materials in question and guidance to the ages and types of building most at risk.

Essential reading for building surveyors, home inspectors, building engineers, architects, facilities managers, students and other built environment professional


Trevor Rushton FRICS FBEng has over 25 years experience in commercial building surveying. A Partner at Watts & Partners since 1990, Trevor specialises in building engineering and technology and is a prolific writer and speaker on technical topics . He is editor-in-chief of the regular Watts Bulletin publication and has written the chapters on materials and defects for isurv building surveying for which he is also one of the consultant editors. Trevor is a Fellow of both RICS and the ABE.


Part 1: Hazardous materials
1. Asbestos
2. CFCs
3. Crystalline Silica
4. Formaldehyde
5. Lead
6. Man made mineral fibres
7. Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)
8. Vermiculite
9. Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
10. Wood preservatives

Part 2: Deleterious materials
1. Brick slips and brick panels
2. Calcium Chlorides
3. Calcium silicate brickwork
4. Cem-fil
5. High alumina cement (HAC) concrete
6. Mundic
7. Sea dredged aggregates
8. Wood wool slabs or wood wool cement boards

Part 3: Problematic materials
1. Cement fibre slates
2. Composite panels
3. Galvanised steel wall tiles
4. Hollow clay pot floors
5. Nickel sulphides
6. RAAC planks
7. Tesserae
8. Thin stone panels

Part 4: Other materials
1. Hair plaster
2. Masonry and steel - Coke breeze and filler joist construction
3. Masonry and steel - Regent St disease
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