Building surveying is one of the most popular forms of quantity surveying. Whether you are looking to take the first steps into this career path or have just want to improve your knowledge in this area, these are the top 5 books for you!
Building Surveyor’s Pocket Book 2021 by Melanie Smith & Christopher Gorse
- Building Surveyor’s Pocket Book is an accessible encyclopaedia of matters vital to building surveyors. Well-illustrated with diagrams, pictures, tables, and graphs, it coversall essential elements of building pathology, building performance, and building construction terminology in a simple, accessible way for working practitioners and students. This Book is perfect for a portable reference text, working as a first-stop publication for those wishing to refresh their knowledge or in need of guidance on surveying practice.
Building Regulations Pocket Book 2018 by Ray Tricker & Samantha Alford
- The Building Regulations Pocket Book is the must have reliable guide to compliance with the Building Regulations.
- Part 1 provides an overview of the Building Act.
- Part 2 offers a handy guide to the dos and don’ts of gaining the Local Council’s approval for Planning Permission and Building Regulations Approval
- Part 3 presents an overview of the requirements of the Approved Documents associated with the Building Regulations.
- Part 4 is an easy-to-read explanation of the essential requirements of the Building Regulations that any architect, builder or DIYer needs to know to keep their work safe and compliant on both domestic and non-domestic jobs.
Building Surveys 2013 by Peter Glover.
- Building Surveys has been a trusted guide for both students and professionals for over 30 years. It covers everything needed for initial inspections such as equipment, know-how and procedures to writing an accurate report, making it indispensable to those practicing in or indeed studying this field.
- This updated eighth edition features new material on modern methods of construction, and the drive for green homes.
- Illustrated throughout with colour photos showing examples of building defects in full detail.
- All the structural aspects of property surveying are explained, covering foundations, walls and roofs as well as what to look out for, and how to deal with problems.
For an extremely well rounded and in depth look at the quantity surveying profession, don’t look any further than the Willis’s Practice and Procedure for the Quantity Surveyor 2013 by Allan Ashworth, Keith Hogg & Catherine Higgs.
- This new edition of Practice and Procedure for the Quantity Surveyor reflects that dynamic environment, addressing changing practices and procedures in the profession, whilst focussing on the core skills which are essential to success.
For our 5th and final recommendation, we have gone for something slightly different, it’s The Quantity Surveyor’s Bible 2019 by Ian Carroll.
- Fully updated and expanded for this new edition, the book is a practical and realistic guide to a professional career as a Quantity Surveyor, Contracts Manager, or Project Manager. Told in a fun and user-friendly style, it is the sort of stuff they don’t teach you at university and is a behind-the-scenes – all-you-need-to-know – account of the author’s own adventures in the construction industry.
- It is a more light-hearted and fun introduction into the wonderful world of construction and quantity surveying.