Category Archives: IHBC Area of competence – Intervention

Condition Surveys of Historic Buildings

08 May – 10 May 2017

Condition surveys of historic buildings require an understanding of architectural and construction history, as well as the ability to analyse and prioritise defects. This course aims to give participants an understanding of traditional construction and its defects and to provide the skills to carry out balanced and informed surveys of historic buildings.

The course is designed for built environment professionals who are responsible for the repair, maintenance and management of heritage assets, public sector planning and conservation professionals, and owners of heritage assets.

Closing date:  20 April 2017

For further information and bookings click here

IHBC East Anglia event: Traditional Repairs Day

16 May 2017

The IHBC’s East Anglia Branch is organising a one-day workshop on 16 May 2017 with various talks and hands-on experience of lime plaster, wattle and daub, clay lump and timber frame repair.

The seminar will be of interest to those concerned over the protection of the historic environment in East Anglia and those involved in delivering the conservation of heritage assets and protection outcomes.

To book a place contact Amanda Rix:

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Scotland’s Thatched Buildings: Developing a Plan for the Future

4 May 2017

Historic Environment Scotland, in collaboration with the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (Scotland), the National Trust for Scotland, and the Scottish Vernacular Buildings Working Group, invites you to come and discuss the future of thatched buildings in Scotland.

This one day event of talks and discussion will be of interest to all those who own or manage thatched buildings, and anyone with an interest in Scotland’s vernacular buildings. It is particularly relevant for local authority planners, building professionals, local heritage groups and estate managers. As well as considering the importance of thatched buildings in Scotland, and how to protect them for the future, this event will also present the findings of the SPAB survey of Thatched Buildings in Scotland, a unique gazetteer of thatched buildings in the country.

Further information here.

Maintaining Traditional Buildings

31 March 2017

A must for anyone who owns or is responsible for a traditional building.

The seminar provides the perfect starting point if you are considering undertaking some simple repairs yourself or will enable you to speak your builder’s language and be confident that you are being given the correct advice.

This seminar will outline the maintenance that traditional buildings require and attendees will gain an understanding of traditional building techniques and the correct materials to use when undertaking repairs. This will also be an excellent opportunity to speak to the Scottish Lime Centre Trust’s expert tutors about your project, attendees are welcome to bring along photos and mortar samples for some specific advice.

Course Outline

  • Introduction to traditional buildings;
  • Damp – problems and solutions;
  • Masonry repairs;
  • Roofs and general maintenance;
  • Sash and case windows;
  • Timber decay & repair;
  • Harls and renders;
  • Limewash and traditional paint

To book a place on this course, please click here, visit our, email or call us on 01383 872722.

Hot-Mixed Lime Mortars, Weald & Downland Museum

14 March 2017

Sponsored by Historic England and supported by Institute of Historic Building Conservation.

A one-day hot-mixed lime mortar seminar and workshop, hosted by Weald & Downland Living Museum, near Chichester, West Sussex.

The day will consist of a combination of talks and practical demonstrations, delivered by a diverse team of craftspeople and consultants, sharing their knowledge and experience.

  • Discount for IHBC Members
  • A number of free or reduced price places for those who would otherwise find attendance financially difficult.

Further details…