Historic England & IHBC Virtual Conference: Damp, Masonry Decay and Sustainability Conference

19th, 26th November & 3rd December, 2pm

Free online event

Historic England and the South West branch of the IHBC have teamed up to host a free virtual conference on damp, masonry decay and sustainability, beginning this week.

On consecutive Thursdays on 19 and 26 November and 3 December, from 2–3.45pm, the speakers will present their latest research and experience relating to damp in masonry.

Moisture is a key factor in almost all forms of decay, and it increases heat loss from building fabric. However, identifying its source can be complicated as water is so mobile. It can condense from humid air onto 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 in historic buildings and restricting ventilation. Getting it wrong can be disastrous.

In this virtual conference, to be held on three consecutive Thursdays, speakers include leading conservation specialists Marianne Suhr and Tim Floyd; Robyn Pender, Alison Henry and others from Historic England; Roger Curtis from Historic Environment Scotland, and Bath Abbey project architect Alex Morris.

The papers presented will include topics such as planning for climate change, best practice for damp survey and investigation, and the role of lime mortars in keeping building fabric dry.

To find out more and to sign up, click here.

The event will be of interest to building conservation professionals including conservation officers, architects and surveyors.