SPAB & RICS 2017 Conservation Summer School – Edwards Hart to Present

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Managing risk in building conservation projects is a most challenging obligation and Edwards Hart are sharing their expertise at the SPAB and RICS 2017 Summer School. Our Director Professor John Edwards will present the optimum approach ranging from setting the risk management strategy to managing risk in stages. Numerous examples will be highlighted in projects… Read more »

Heritage Impact Statements – a new requirement

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From this Friday the 1st September, all applications for Listed Building Consent in Wales will require a Heritage Impact Statement along with Heritage Impact Assessments. The Historic Environment (Wales) Act 2016 has brought in these requirements along with many other changes concerning Listed Buildings, Scheduled Monuments and historic parks and landscapes. Edwards Hart are already… Read more »

Damp in Buildings – essential reading

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It is estimated that more than 1.5 million UK homes are adversely effected by damp and according to the British Standards Institution 80% of building failure relates to moisture. This suggests that we all need to understand moisture in buildings in terms of both theory and practice. Read the article by Edwards Hart Director Professor… Read more »

New European Standard for Energy Conservation

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Last month a new European Standard was published to help those undertaking energy efficiency works to historic buildings and according to Professor John Edwards who sits on the BSI committee for the ‘Conservation of tangible cultural heritage’: Although BS EN 12883: 2017 is an excellent document this should be read in conjunction with BS 7913:… Read more »

CIOB Building Conservation Certification Scheme

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This was launched by Rebecca Thompson on the 22nd June 2017 as one of her very first actions as CIOB President. The CIOB (Chartered Institute of Building) scheme was developed by Edwards Hart who also consulted with all major stakeholders which included all main heritage bodies and is working with the CIOB’s Education Department in… Read more »

New Publication on Green Retrofit – take a look

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Green Retrofit is the theme of the recently published journal Context and its Guest Editor is Edwards Hart Director Professor John Edwards. This edition has articles from a range of organisations including BRE, Carbon Trust, SPAB, National Trust, Heritage House, Historic Environment Scotland and ICOMOS. The subject is introduced by John Edwards with an article… Read more »

The Retrofit Process for Older Buildings

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Edwards Hart have developed a process for retrofit and energy efficiency that follows BS 7913: 2013: Guide to the Conservation of Historic Buildings. This process will be featured in the next edition of the IHBC journal Context, which will be published by the end of this month. It was presented in detail for the first time… Read more »

New Course on Understanding Dampness

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A one day course on the Understanding of Dampness and Flooding in buildings has just been launched. It has been developed and will be delivered by Professor John Edwards, who first started analysing buildings and their environmental conditions in 1981 and has since worked on castles, cathedrals as well as ordinary dwellings of all ages…. Read more »

Its BIM – but not as we know it!

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A book has just been published on Building Information Modelling for Heritage buildings, known as HBIM. In the chapter titled ‘Its BIM – but not as we know it’, Edwards Hart Director Professor John Edwards argues that BIM for heritage buildings is a long way off from becoming common place. John also makes the point… Read more »

Are Energy Efficiency Assessment Methods Reliable?

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There are many methods of assessing and categorising the energy efficiency of buildings which have been investigated by Edwards Hart with this information deployed in its consultancy work and aids the bespoke approach it takes to making buildings more energy efficient. This appears in an article by Edwards Hart Director Professor John Edwards which has… Read more »