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By G.A. Atkinson

Caliber is a crucial factor to be addressed by means of all constuction execs operating in Europe this day. This ebook presents transparent, concise suggestions to the making and use of codes, rules and technical necessities in Europe.

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Except for the Library Tower, steel framing was rejected as a main structural system ‘on the grounds that there was less than seventy years of experience from which its probable endurance could be assessed’. The structure was of load-bearing brickwork —three qualities being specified, piles were designed to take their load—even if the reinforcement should rust away, and, except for brickwork up to first-floor level, lime mortar, carefully prepared on the site, was specified in preference to a lime- 20 QUALITY IN TRADITIONAL CONSTRUCTION cement mortar, the long-term effect of which on the limestone masonry the architect considered to be suspect’.

For further information, contact EPGL Établissement du Grand Louvre, 153 rue Saint-Honoré, 75001 Paris. Colin Amery tells the story of the National Gallery Sainsbury Wing in A Celebration of Art and Architecture (National Gallery, London, 1991). 3 Quality in traditionalconstruction Every building of any importance is a solution of the problem of how to enclose within a visually pleasing and appropriate shell the space wherein human activities of one sort or another may be carried out with efficiency, in comfort and with dignity…The success of a building will depend on the vision of those who brief the designer, on the skill of the designer, and the good work of the builder, on the suitability of the materials in which the proposal takes material form and, by no means least, on the amount of money made available for the work.

German and British practice differ in a number of ways, such as: CONSTRUCTION QUALITY AND QUALITY STANDARDS 15 • manner of funding—State and City, in the case of the German buildings; private benefactors, in the case of the National Gallery—which was reflected in the client organization; • a mandatory requirement by the German building control authorities for structural designs to be checked by an independent licensed engineer; • the stringent requirements in Germany for quality assurance of products and equipment used, imposed under building ordinances; and • the German tradition of craft apprenticeship and employment of handwerk firms.

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