The Institute of Specialist Surveyors and Engineers - ISSE
The ISSE originated in the 1970's to promote professional standards within the fields of specialist surveyor, engineers and related professions. Members activities range from the investigation of all types of dampness including condensation through to structural defects,conservation and restoration of listed buildings.
With special interest and focus groups the ISSE are at the forefront of investigation and innovation.
Our professional Institute status was conferred after a long period of consultation by the Secretary of State. This reflects our status as the 31st Full Member of the Construction Industry Council whose collective membership of over 500,000 members form the professional backbone of the UK Construction Industry - a major sector of the British Economy. The CIC unite all members in one voice in collaboration with UK Government departments in the formulation and development of policy in relation to the industry.
Specialist Expertise -
The ISSE provides industry and the public with a broad range of specialist skills which are both established and embrace the constant development and introduction of new building materials, products and construction techniques.
Taking into account conservation, from an understanding and knowledge of heritage construction methods, for example, cruck frame and ring beam properties of the Tudor Era, through to modern cavity walls constructed with cement, brick, timber or steel frame.
Underlying many problems is the presence of moisture in a closed environment which occurs in two ways -
1) within the internal volume and micro climate of a building structure,
2) within the structural materials and elements of the building itself caused by inadequate or defective construction, including roof covering, guttering, drainage, ground levels, ground and masonry salts, negligence in design and construction, wear and tear through age and use.
Both require an holistic multi-disciplined approach, knowledge and expertise.
Building preservation is the identification of causes of dampness in masonry and decay in the timber of buildings. Remedial treatments encompass recommendations for the control of timber decay caused by fungal growth and insect attack, dampness and its minimisation or elimination.
An essential part of remedial treatments includes a thorough understanding of moisture ingress pathways, ventilation, flooding, conservation, waterproofing, toxins in building materials, fittings and furnishings, design including building regulations and structural repair. This understanding must embrace remedial measures and methods of repair and reinstatement.
Often defective design has contributed to the causes of decay and the specialist surveyor must have a good understanding of general surveying too in order to underpin the holistic approach required. Over and above that the responsible and pro active surveyor should also be able to challenge design and construction methods in order to identify negligence and latent defects.
Research, Development and Training
Residential training seminars, courses and awards for each main category of Building Preservation are currently available by arrangement and a specialist accreditation and awarding body are working with the ISSE in producing a series of courses which will be credit bearing towards a certificate and diploma. The basic Certificate in Specialist Surveying (Cert.SSE) is designed as a platform on which to build expertise with a number of additional awards and will be combined with these leading to the proposed ISSE Diploma in Specialist Surveying (Dip.SSE ) and beyond. Access to the Certificate SSE is via student or surveyor membership.
While surveyors need to develop and demonstrate expertise, technicians employed to implement the works also need to be trained and supported. The ISSE have developed unique training and qualifications leading to the award of Technician of the ISSE (Tech.Inst.SSE) and Engineer of the ISSE (Eng.Inst.SSE). Access to these awards is via the apprentice or technician membership scheme.
As an Institute the ISSE maintain an interest in original research to raise standards by improved knowledge, materials and procedures.
Our CPD partner, University of Liverpool, undertakes original research on materials and services with the ISSE and our first seminar presented by the University is to be held Spring 2012 - attendance by pre paid ticket.
The ISSE work with other Universities and organisations in order to research and develop new products such as nanotechnology stone and timber preservatives, nano building monitoring systems and green reclaimed building products to displace plasterboard in construction and sand and cement in remedial works - especially in heritage buildings.
Implementing and Raising Standards
The ISSE have recently launched a pilot ISSE Approved Contractor Scheme in selected parts of the UK and approved scheme members are able to offer clients the benefits of ISSE trained and qualified surveyors and technicians with a unique ISSE backed guarantee.
Regional and national meetings are held and a list of meetings and venues can be viewed on this site. Anyone interested in attending meetings or joining the ISSE please contact us.
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