New British Standard 7913 launch welcomed by IHBC

The new standard for building conservation, ‘BS 7913: Guide to the conservation of historic buildings’, was launched formally in Somerset House on Monday 10 March, with a range of IHBC-linked contributors and advisers among those welcoming it. 

IHBC Director Sean O’Reilly said: ‘It is great that the Institute could play such an active role in progressing this key document for conservation standards.  It goes without saying that standards are a central concern for any professional body.  So, as the IHBC serves in that role for conservation specialists from a huge variety of backgrounds, the re-write of BS 7913 was an especially welcome opportunity for us to help practitioners from all backgrounds through our contributions there.’

John Edwards, Assistant Director at Cadw and a Full Member of the IHBC, who led the re-writing of BS 7913, said: ‘This new standard not only provides good up to date guidance, but also provides an authoritative reference to support arguments for the application of best practice.’

BSI writes:
We launched BS 7913 Guide to the conservation of historic buildings at Somerset House on 10 March 2014.

Delegates heard from our Committee on all the work they have done on BS 7913 and the importance of industry standards for the conservation of cultural heritage.

Our Committee includes experts from organizations such as The Institute of Historic Building Conservation, The Institution of Civil Engineers, The International Council on Monuments and Sites, The Royal Institute of British Architects, The Institute of Conservation and many others.

BS 7913 describes best practice in the management and treatment of historic buildings. It applies to historic buildings with and without statutory protection. BS 7913 will take you through all stages from initially looking at a building through to the completion of appropriate work. It also guides you with information and sign posts to other resources.

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