IHBC’s SW Day conference: ‘Damp, timber decay & sustainability’, 20 March, Bath, from £55 (members)

The 2020 day conference of the IHBC’s South West (SW) Branch on 20 March will explore ‘Damp, timber decay & sustainability’ in the Guildhall, Bath, over a diverse day of authoritative talks, friendly networking, and more, with costs starting at £55 (members, includes lunch etc.).

This is the first of two IHBC SW Branch-organised events this year supported by Historic England.

IHBC SW Branch writes:

  • Damp is a key factor in almost all forms of decay, and damp fabric increases heat loss.
  • However, identifying a source can be complicated as moisture is so mobile. It can condense from humid air on to cold surfaces and it can spread through a structure by capillary action and gravity.
  • Understanding these mechanisms and their consequences is vital, particularly now that we are increasing insulation levels in historic buildings and restricting the movement of air.

Getting this stuff wrong can be disastrous!

This conference will include:

  • Latest research from Historic England in this field
  • The effects of environment on historic timber, joinery and finely carved and decorated woodwork
  • Mechanisms for controlling interior environment
  • Sustainability issues
  • Best practice for survey, investigation and treatment

This is the first of two events organised by the IHBC’s South West branch with the support of Historic England. The second, to be held in Exeter in September, will focus on masonry structures.

Speakers include:

  • Robyn Pender, Historic England
  • Brian Ridout, Ridout Associates Limited
  • Iain McCaig, Historic England
  • Hugh Harrison
  • Tim Greensmith, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
  • Bob Hill, Historic Building Advisory Service4.00
  • Tim Floyd, Floydconsult

See more at damp2020.ihbc.org.uk and #IHBCdamp


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