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Joint effort sees report on damp in traditional buildings prepared

29 November 2019

New methodology for best practice in investigating and dealing with damp and excessive moisture in traditional facilities has been announced.

It follows a joint exercise between professional and heritage bodies including RICS, Historic England, Historic Environment Scotland, Cadw and The Property Care Association (PCA).

The result is the working draft Investigation of moisture and its effects in traditional buildings report that proposes seven main action points.

These are intended to place emphasis on the importance of understanding the building and its context, along with "the behaviour of moisture, and moisture-related defects", said the PCA release.

Additional discussion points include legal requirements and the content of reports as the organisations involved prepare for its official launch.

PCA chief executive Stephen Hodgson said: "The document offers a guide to the level of knowledge for anyone involved in the investigation of dampness and its outcomes in traditional buildings."

He further stated it was the "first time heritage organisations and building surveying and preservation specialists have joined forces on this matter".

Mr Hodgson said the adoption of the methodology would see greater accountability and expectation placed on those tasked with investigating dampness in traditional and heritage buildings.

Currently regarded as a working draft by those involved, the PCA said further amendments were possible, following the consultation process of each partner organisation, before formal adoption of the methodology.



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