Joint approach to investigating damp

RICS, Historic England, PCA and Cadw have been working together since the beginning of 2019 with the aim of developing a best practice approach to damp and moisture in traditional buildings. PCA report it is the first time that building surveyors, preservation specialists and heritage organisations have ever worked in collaboration to adopt a single approach to dealing with dampness. The methodology is based around 7 key stages outlining what level of knowledge the surveyor should have and what elements should be considered throughout diagnosis and repair. It includes legal requirements such as planning, building control as well as other associated legislation, regulations and standards. Currently released as a working draft document, the ‘Investigation of Moisture and its Effects in Traditional Buildings’ may be subject to further changes before it is finalised, so cannot be currently used to benchmark competence or duty of care. We’ll continue to watch developments with interest and await the final outcome once all the involved organisations have concluded their consultation process. If you’d like to see the document in draft, click here.