Monthly Archives: October 2015


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 [...]

A Tale of Two EWI Failures

By | October 2nd, 2015|Uncategorized|

New blog on EWI Failures Lessons Learned from Two High profile EWI Failures We have been monitoring outcomes for quite some time on a number of high profile external wall insulation system failures; all of which occurred on high rise blocks in Bootle, Wigan & Glasgow. We have reviewed the Wigan failure and have a [...]