A new working draft document called “Investigation of Moisture and its Effects in Traditional Buildings” has been prepared by the heritage protection organisations of the UK along with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Property Care Association (PCA). This document describes the knowledge needed to investigate dampness in older buildings.
The new methodology proposes framework centred around importance of understanding the building and its history, the behaviour of moisture, and moisture-related defects. It is currently still a draft and the organisations that have collaborated to create the text are committed to its publication and use as a guide, standard or measure of competence. Process and procedure for each of the partner organisations must be followed before there can be any formal adoption or endorsement.