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Practical Building Conservation: Practical Building Conservation


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The Practical Building Conservation series, first published in 1988 in five volumes, has been revised and expanded. The ten new volumes provide a comprehensive and practical reference for professionals involved in repairing historic buildings.
Practical Building Conservation - English Heritage Technical Handbooks by John and Nicola Ashurst, became essential reference works for those whose work involved the repair of historic buildings. Prior to 1 April 2015 Historic England was known as English Heritage and although some of the volumes refer to English Heritage they represent Historic England’s current advice and guidance.
The new ten-volume series looks at the conservation of buildings, materials and systems.
It builds on the research and field experience of Historic England, and is aimed at those who work on or look after historic buildings: primarily architects, surveyors, engineers, conservators, contractors and conservation officers, but also owners, curators, students and researchers. The ten volume series includes:

  • Building Environment
  • Concrete
  • Conservation Basics
  • Earth, Brick and Terracotta
  • Glass and Glazing
  • Metals
  • Mortars, Renders and Plasters
  • Roofing
  • Stone
  • Timber.

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Practical Building Conservation: Earth, Brick and Terracotta

Practical Building Conservation: Earth, Brick and Terracotta

1st Edition

Historic England
November 28, 2015

Earth, Brick and Terracotta deals with fired and unfired clay products. It considers their technological evolution, the processes causing deterioration and how these should be assessed and the methods used for their repair and maintenance....

Practical Building Conservation, 10-volume set

Practical Building Conservation, 10-volume set

1st Edition

Historic England
November 28, 2015

Since the original series of Practical Building Conservation appeared in 1988, it has become a standard reference for those caring for historic buildings large and small: essential reading for architects, surveyors and building managers, as well as conservators. This new and much expanded set of 10...

Practical Building Conservation: Building Environment

Practical Building Conservation: Building Environment

1st Edition

Historic England
October 28, 2014

Building Environment looks at the interaction between building materials and systems and their surroundings, and how this may lead to deterioration. It presents ways of assessing remedial treatments, and includes discussions on occupant health, and sustainable retrofitting....

Practical Building Conservation: Roofing

Practical Building Conservation: Roofing

1st Edition

Historic England
January 02, 2014

Roofing looks at traditional roof coverings used on historic buildings. Many materials and systems have been used to provide roof coverings, and the book provides information about their technological evolution, the processes causing deterioration, and ways of assessing problems and solutions....

Practical Building Conservation: Conservation Basics

Practical Building Conservation: Conservation Basics

1st Edition

Historic England
April 24, 2013

Conservation Basics examines the evolving theories and principles that underpin building conservation in England in the 21st century, and looks at their application in practice. The process of conservation planning for the maintenance and repair of historic buildings and places is described in...

Practical Building Conservation: Concrete

Practical Building Conservation: Concrete

1st Edition

Historic England
April 24, 2013

A great deal of research and literature has been produced on repairing concrete structures but very little aimed at conserving the character or appearance of historic examples. This volume offers guidance as to how that should be done. It includes a brief history of the use of the material and...

Practical Building Conservation: Glass and Glazing

Practical Building Conservation: Glass and Glazing

1st Edition

Historic England
March 28, 2012

Glass and Glazing looks at the conservation of one of the most important building materials, and its use in windows, roofing and walling. It considers the technological evolution of glass and glazing systems, the processes causing deterioration, and the practical application and long-term...

Practical Building Conservation: Mortars, Renders and Plasters

Practical Building Conservation: Mortars, Renders and Plasters

1st Edition

Historic England
March 28, 2012

Mortars, Renders and Plasters provides a broad perspective of contemporary conservation theory and practice not otherwise found in one publication, describing the history, physical properties, and deterioration of these important materials. Methods of assessing condition and evaluating options for...

Practical Building Conservation: Stone

Practical Building Conservation: Stone

1st Edition

Historic England
March 28, 2012

Stone considers the wide variety of historical uses, from simple masonry walling through to elaborate carving and decoration. The book considers why stone decays or fails and how to assess and understand the causes, before concentrating on the practical methods of treatment, repair and maintenance....

Practical Building Conservation: Timber

Practical Building Conservation: Timber

1st Edition

Historic England
March 28, 2012

Timber deals with wide-ranging use of the material in historic buildings, from vast structural timber-frames through to high-class joinery and simple fixings. Particular attention is paid to how and why timber decays or faults occur, and the methods of assessing and dealing with this. The bulk of...

Practical Building Conservation: Metals

Practical Building Conservation: Metals

1st Edition

Historic England
March 28, 2012

Metals deals with the conservation of a group of materials that have been used in buildings for everything from structural components and fixings to weatherproofing, repairs, and decoration. It covers both the iron-based and the non-ferrous metals (such as copper, bronze and lead), in each case...

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