Building Better Places Report Published

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Building Better Places Report Published

The Select Committee on National Policy for the Build Environment was appointed by the House of Lords on 11 June 2015 “to consider the development and implementation of national policy for the built environment”.

On 19 February 2016, the Committee published its Building Better Places report, which can be downloaded at:

Toxicology of Buildings

Toxicology of Buildings

Housing and Health – a barometer of health and behaviour ?
 

The ISSE has always promoted the principles of holistic property inspections.

Toxic and allergenic particles are found in all buildings but three separate issues reflect their risk and potential hazard to occupants. The first is level or dose of contaminate the second is duration of exposure and thirdly the victims sensitivity.

Structural Repair

Structural Repair

Stone Lintels
 

Hard durable stone, such as granite, resists natural deterioration well, but softer stone, such as limestone, can be significantly weathered away over time. Stone is also vulnerable to defects within it, and to fractures occurring either naturally, or as a result of loading or thermal movement. For layered stone, such as some limestone, the direction of the layering in the lintel can significantly affect its weathering and strength.

Dampness in Masonry & Timber

Dampness & Buildings

Dampness in Masonry & Timber    

Dampness or moisture within masonry is the other area of observation the specialist surveyor must understand. A knowledge of general construction, basic design, materials and methods is essential. In underground structures and environments that knowledge must also extend to soil and rock strata, water tables and salt content. A knowledge of topography and drainage is essential.