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Science Library - Construction and Civil Engineering
The Science Library provides a wide range of resources on construction and civil engineering, ranging from simple DIY tasks to large scale engineering projects. We have copies of the Building Regulations Approved Documents. We aim to provide key documents for both industry and for the individual undertaking home maintenance.
Subject areas covered
To make it easier to locate material, the library uses the Dewey Classification system. The main classification numbers for Construction are:-
624 Civil Engineering
625 Engineering of railroads, roads and highways
627 Hydraulic Engineering including waterways, ports and dams
628 Sanitary and Municipal Engineering
690 Building construction
691 Building materials
692 Planning, estimating and contracting
696 Utilities including plumbing
697 Heating, ventilating and air-conditioning
698 Painting and decorating
Resources on Architecture and Town Planning can be found in the Arts, Languages and Literature Library situated on the 3rd floor of the Central Library.
The Building Regulations are made under the powers of the Building Act 1984. They ensure the health and safety of people in and around buildings by providing functional requirements for building design and construction. The regulations also promote energy efficiency in buildings and contribute to meeting the needs of disabled people. Practical guidance on how to comply with the Building Regulations are contained in a series of 'Approved Documents'. The Science Library holds a complete collection of current 'Approved Documents' and also has several publications offering guidance on the interpretation of the regulations. The Building Regulations can also be downloaded free of charge from www.communities.gov.uk
We are frequently asked about whether or not planning permission is needed before carrying out building work. These enquiries are best dealt with by contacting the Birmingham City Council planning department, Planning Direct.
You may also find the Government site Planning Portal useful.
You can view the planning applications submitted to Birmingham City Council online at Birmingham City Council Online Planning Register. You will be able to view current applications and those registered and decided before January 1991.
British Standards - Updated April 2012
We regret that access to the current and to the historic set on standards from British Standards Institution (referred to as BSOL) had been suspended in Birmingham Library and Archive Services until further notice. This is due to operational difficulties with delivering the on-line service during the current transformation and transition processes.
BSOL access will return in the medium future and notices will appear on this webpage.
The Science Library holds copies of publications produced by the BRE (Building Research Establishment. These include BRE Digests and Information Papers.
The Science Library holds a wide range of journals covering the subjects of Construction and Civil Engineering. Current titles include:
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|New Civil Engineer||Open Shelves|
|Property Week||Open Shelves|
|Structural Engineer||Open Shelves|
We also hold back issues of many of the titles. Significant holdings include:
The Builder, vol 1, 1843 - present
The Surveyor, vol. 35, 1909 - present
Structural Engineer, vol.1, 1923 - present
Related Journals: Journals on Architecture and Town Planning can be found in the Arts, Languages and Literature Library.
These are a few websites we think you may find useful.
Please note, we are not responsible for the content of other organisations websites.
The Department for Communities and Local Government.
Birmingham City Council Planning department web page.
Planning Portal. Government planning information website that provides access to the Building Regulations Approved Documents.
Birmingham City Council Planning Application Register.
Birmingham City Council Homeworks.
Building Research Establishment.
The Institution of Structural Engineers.
The Institution of Civil Engineers.
Construction Industry Training Board.
Construction Industry Council. The website of the representative forum for professional bodies, research organisations and specialist businesses in the construction industry.
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. (RICS)
Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors.
Building - online. Website of the popular building journal.