RICS Building Surveyors Technical Update

Held on 13 June 2011 in Cambridge.

Recent updates to Building Regulations and the latest advances for controlling and managing dampness affecting buildings were discussed in detail.

New applications, (e.g. Thermability Pro) currently being developed by Proten to improve the insulation qualities of solid brick walls was discussed in depth, as were new measurements for recording dampness in external walls.

A discussion of revised RICS Practice Statements concerning the methodology to be adopted when providing reinstatement costing of buildings was well received.

There was a fascinating insight into the potential for the artesian qualities in subsoil starata for provision of ground source heat pumps in the future to replace heating systems currently reliant on carbon fuels.

Finally, a welcome update on asbestos and its management in existing buildings was delivered.