BS 7913 is the most authoritative best practice guide for building conservation and its lead author Edwards Hart Director John Edwards is leading a best practice seminar based on this Standard. Taking place in London on the 1st June and on the 2nd July in Manchester, this is first time a seminar based on this latest British Standard has been held and provides an opportunity to question the lead author on its content.  John Edwards said: “There is always a limit on the amount of information you can put in a British Standard and this event puts a lot more meat on those bones”.  John added: “I have also co-authored a number of European Standards, such as stone repair and surveys and we will also link up with these as well”.   For information about the events visit the Environment Study Centre website.

This British Standard is a ‘must have’ according to the IHBC. It was produced by a team of experts that included Rory Cullen, Stephen Bond, Henry Russell, Dave Chetwyn, Richard Storah, Karen Williamson, Tim Yates and many others led by John Edwards. All main disciplines were represented including architects, engineers, surveyors, town planners and others and many institutes such as the IHBC, CIOB, RICS and RIBA. All major heritage bodies were also represented and this included the National Trust, English Heritage, Cadw and Historic Scotland. The guide covers all issues that are encountered when dealing with traditional and historic buildings. This encompasses surveys and analysis of building defects, understanding historic significance, sustainability and energy efficiency, project management and supervision, maintenance and management of buildings, quality management and much more.