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Understanding the Effects of Dampness and Decay in Buildings

Moisture in buildings continues to present problems, even though awareness of the need for energy conservation and changes to the building regulations have influenced both the design of buildings and the behaviour of their occupiers. Practitioners and property owners still need to be able to distinguish between condensation and dampness, to recognise the causes in specific cases and to make judgements as to how they may be dealt with. Mould growth is common to buildings that have damp environments caused by inadequate heating, poor ventilation, incorrect or inappropriate insulation and the wrong lifestyle living conditions.

Fungal decay of timber in buildings is caused by water, predominantly due to lack of maintenance allowing leaks,breakdown in the weatherproofing and poor maintenance to allow water to saturate and decay internal timber
components. This course meets that need of focusing primarily on diagnosis but also considering removal of the moisture source and drying down the environment.

This course covers:

  • moisture in buildings and materials
  • surface and interstitial condensation
  • rising and penetrating damp
  • contaminant salts
  • dry rot and wet rot fungal attacks
  • identification and investigation of problems
  • examples and case studies
  • control measure available and the reduction of residual moisture

Mike Bromley is a Building Surveyor with over 40 years of experience. Mike recently retired from the Property Care Association (PCA), in January 2017, where he was Technical Manager from May 2013. This followed a four year period
of senior management for a National Property Care Company and two years working as a specialist surveyor in the property-care industry. He previously worked for the BWPDA (predecessor of PCA) between 1990 and 2007.

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Mike Bromley, Building Surveyor


The Hog’s Back Hotel, Farnham GU10 1EZ


Wednesday 18 April 2018, 1:50pm - 5:10pm

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