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For example, a C-rating for importance with a 1-rating for distance would require a Finish Type III. e. with an A-rating on the importance scale, but only visible in the far distance, would have grade IV surface finishes, externally anyway. CONCLUSION The question “Who likes concrete” has not really been answered. But if careful attention is paid to concrete finishes from the point of view of the casual observer as well as for durability purposes, perhaps along the lines indicated, then maybe people, over time, will come to accept that concrete is not really so bad after all.

5). There is the subtle association of concrete with grime, to add emphasis to the point. “The experts plan to place a huge ring of cement underground around the foundations” (6). The confusion of cement with concrete is quite common. Other examples can be noted. “This awful structure must surely be the embodiment in concrete of the attitude which spawned…”. ”. ” The point at issue here is not the validity of what is being stated but rather the use of one of our best known building materials to create a distasteful picture by association.

This was because of the high level of standardisation of these buildings since the majority were constructed of large prefabricated reinforced concrete elements. THE PERFORMANCE CONCEPT AND THE PERFORMANCE CRITERIA Specialists in the construction field increasingly became dissatisfied with the way these blocks of flats looked and particularly with the level of comfort offered to their tenants. Therefore, these specialists brought to the attention of the authorities the need to improve the quality of housing, which would also improve the health of the occupants.

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