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Understanding the Effects of Dampness and Decay in Buildings

Practitioners and property owners 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.

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. 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. This course focuses on diagnosis removal of the moisture at the source and drying the environment.

The learning outcomes of this course provide an understanding of:

  • 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


Potters Heron Hotel, near Romsey SO51 9ZF


Wednesday 21 November 2018, 9:20am–12:40pm

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