Yearly Archives: 2015


Costs in Construction Claims – Legal Requirement

By | November 28th, 2015|Construction claims, Legal|

The Need to Keep Costs Proportionate in Construction Claims We've taken on a lot of construction claims over the last three weeks and obviously our role is to provide claimants with the evidence that can be used to pursue a claim against their builder. Normally that entails creating a detailed cost and defect schedule since [...]

Ten Tips to Avoid Buying a Damp Property

By | November 28th, 2015|Damp|

We are possibly the only surveying practice that carry out a detailed appraisal of a damp property as part of our homebuyers survey reports. You will find that most other practices defer any real opinion on damp to 'specialist' damp proofing companies, which is a sure way to guarantee that you end up with a [...]

How guaranteed is my construction guarantee?

By | November 17th, 2015|Uncategorized|

The Murky World of Construction Guarantees, Latent Defects & Contractual Claims I was prompted to write this blog after a client recently explained to me that her builder recently explained to her that in fact, he had no contractual obligation to correct her work and he was only there to prevent reputational damage. It is [...]

Dealing with Construction Moisture

By | November 15th, 2015|Development|

Article on drying out new construction We dealt with two issues this week relating to problems caused by construction moisture. A plaster beetle infestation and an investigation into the reasons why anhydrite floor screeds were not drying out within a multi-million pound residential development block in London. More on the plaster beetle infestation in a [...]

Repointing Heritage Brickwork

By | November 1st, 2015|Uncategorized|

Repointing Heritage Brickwork We rarely see repointing done well in standard 10mm mortar joints so imagine what we find when encountering thin joint construction or gauged brickwork with joints of around 1mm thick? We commonly find thin joint construction in old buildings and generally speaking, the thinner the mortar joint, the stronger the building. Buildings [...]

Survey on Rare Timber Framed House

By | October 27th, 2015|Uncategorized|

I was asked to carry out a survey on a fascinating building this week, a very rare 8 bedroomed timber framed building. I'm told that there are only two of these buildings remaining in the whole of the UK so its highly likely that I won't see another one and most of us won't see [...]

Damp Training for Chartered Professionals & Undergraduates

By | October 27th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Why chartered building professionals need their own supplementary damp qualification. We delivered another 4 hour lecture (Damp Training) to undergraduates at Coventry University on November 23rd to supplement their academic learning with pragmatic site experience and to teach them a damp investigation process that can be used throughout their careers. Coventry University run one of [...]

New Blog: Structural Assessment of Freestanding Walls

By | October 27th, 2015|Uncategorized|

We've had to assess structural integrity of two freestanding walls recently, the first was relatively straightforward and involved a resident who reversed their car into the boundary wall surrounding his apartment block. The client wanted to know whether the wall was safe in its damaged condition. Since it was also a retaining wall and damage [...]

New Blog: EWI Failure

By | October 18th, 2015|Uncategorized|

A Case of Pillowing or Mattressing We were recently asked to look at an EWI failure for a potential client. This was a homeowner who had spent £15k on having their home externally refurbished with an EWI system. At circa £100 per square meter this was an expensive system but they'd done their homework and [...]

Does a Physical Damp Proof Course Fail?

By | October 5th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Building Defect Analysis Blog Why DPC Injection Work is Rarely Required. The damp proofing industry in the UK commonly promote two statements that are fundamental to this industry. Firstly, they promote rising damp as a common occurrence and we can comfortably state that this is simply untrue. It is an academically proven fact that rising [...]