Understanding and Treatment of Damp in buildings – including a new methodology


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1 day online virtual classroom

  • 22nd November 2021

9:30am – 4:30pm

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This course covers the approach and practice in understanding dampness and moisture in buildings from a practical perspective, along with treatment. In summary it will:

  • The differences between traditionally constructed buildings and newer buildings including the way they perform and should be treated.
  • Ascertaining the age of a building and why its important
  • Comparing and contrasting modern and traditional buildings
  • Methods of inspection – issues to look out for
  • Equipment and tools
  • Moisture sources and how to ascertain
  • Moisture movement mechanisms and how to ascertain
  • Understanding the implications of alterations and retrofit and how to ascertain
  • Implications of use and the environment
  • Reporting
  • Legal issues

The course covers the content of the new draft methodology ‘Investigation of Moisture and its Effects in Traditional Buildings’ agreed between the RICS, PCA and others. It is suitable for everyone that investigates and moisture problems in buildings and this includes surveyors, Retrofit Assessors and those designing and implementing works to existing buildings. Examples will include dwellings and other building types. At the end of the course, participants should have an understanding of the common causes of moisture problems in buildings, the approach to analysis, methods of investigation including the equipment to be used. The methodology can be downloaded at the below link, and this describes the course content.

Training will be delivered by Prof John Edwards, MA, DipBldgCons, CEnv, FCIOB, FRICS, IHBC It is delivered by a co-author of the draft methodology Professor John Edwards, a Chartered Building Surveyor, Chartered Environmentalist and Building Pathologist.

  • Chair of the IHBC Technical Panel
  • Co-author of new draft methodology ‘Investigation of Moisture and its Effects in Traditional Buildings’ – member of an expert RICS convened panel of five experts
  • A practicing independent surveyor in private practice – Director of Edwards Hart Consultants
  • Commenced defect investigation including moisture analysis and monitoring in 1981
  • Experience of sustainable refurbishment and energy efficiency retrofit spanning nearly forty years involving thousands of buildings.
  • Leadership – has led in the development of best practice in undertaking research and development of Standards and guidance.
  • Expertise – expert panel membership of BSI committees and other panels
  • Chartered Environmentalist – the highest achievement for professional Environmentalists.
  • Certified in work to traditional and historic buildings – acknowledged as an expert by heritage bodies.
  • Chartered Construction Manager – highest acknowledgment of expertise in planning and managing construction work.
  • Chartered Building Surveyor – highest acknowledgment of expertise in assessing and analysing buildings.
  • Professor of Practice – highest acknowledgment by academia of industry expertise and leadership.
  • Qualified educator – qualified with expertise in the development and the delivery of training

Professor Edwards will draw upon his experience spanning over 30 years in delivering this interactive course. Find out more about Professor Edwards.

Any requests for rescheduling or cancellation must be received by email and it is your responsibility to ensure that the Environment Study Centre has received your request. The Environment Study Centre will reply with a written acknowledgement within 2 working days.
Refunds will be made for any cancellations received but these must be in writing at least 14 days prior to the commencement of the event. Cancellations will be subject to a 25% administration charge. Refunds will not be made for cancellations received after this date. It will not be possible to refund exam fees that have already been paid to a third party.

Rescheduling is allowed on two occasions per individual booking (providing the course is available on further occasions, which is not guaranteed). Requests must be received by email at least two weeks prior to the event commencement date. If the rescheduled event is not taken up within 12 months of the date of the original event the entire fee will be forfeited.

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ESC CPD Certificate

Course Length

1 Day


Start at 9:30am. Finish at 4:30pm


22nd November 2021 – Online, Monday 28th June 2021