10.00 Welcome and introduction
Old buildings in context
10.15 Caring for old buildings
Traditional materials and building construction techniques
What is maintenance?
Why is maintenance important?
11.00 Dealing with damp and decay
An explanation of the mechanisms that cause buildings to decay
How to diagnose and deal with damp
11.15 Refreshment break
12.30 Managing maintenance
Managing the routine care of historic buildings
Understanding the role of professional inspections and reports
Managing relationships with professionals, contractors and specialists
1.00 Practical observation exercise (in groups if appropriate)
Looking at a building element by element, inside and outside, to identify
vulnerable areas of the fabric of the building and maintenance issues.
Whilst we are studying this building please bear in mind that all old buildings have their faults and failings. Often these faults are a result of the way that they were built, the materials used in their construction or changes that have been made since the building was erected. Many of the issues we will be dealing with are common to all buildings, regardless of age or style. We know that people do their best to look after the buildings in their care, often with limited resources. Even when problems are identified, it is not always easy to find a solution. We should therefore try not to be too critical of the work done by others and remember that our own buildings may face similar issues from time to time!
Some questions to think about during the practical exercise:
Hopefully attending this course will have provided you with the knowledge and resources to look after your building with more confidence. If so, here are some suggestions about what to do next: