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Recent statistics on the condition of Britain's housing stock show a marked decline in housing conditions over the last two decades, despite an increase in homeownership from 29.5 per cent to 55.4 per cent since 1950. The English House Condition Survey and its equivalent for Greater London paint...
Dampness in buildings is unsightly, it can be damaging to the health of the occupants and, if left unattended, it can lead to structural deterioration.
Concrete used in building construction does not demand a high level of sophistication in its manufacture but if certain basic rules are not observed it can give trouble.
There has always been a need for the opportunity to extend the chartered building surveyor's inspection into those areas of a building structure which are concealed or inaccessible. In recent years, the rapid development of fibre optic probes has resulted in a most interesting application of...
The object of this article is to outline simple types of scaffolds with recommendations for safety and checking procedures. It is impossible to cover so vast a subject in so short a space, and it is therefore recommended that interested readers refer to appropriate publications, standards and...
It is just a year ago that the RICS launched the House Buyers Report and Valuation scheme as a genuine attempt and in the sincere hope that it would provide for the lay member of the public contemplating the purchase of a house, the answers to all those essential questions about which the house...
I read Bernard Holland's article in the first issue see Structural Survey Vol 1 No 1 page 14 with great interest. Matters relating to claims of professional negligence are of great concern to all people in professional practice, and especially to those of us who engage in making structural...
The Victorian Town House, built in the second half of the 19th century to house the upper and middle classes with their retinue of servants, has since World War II been increasingly converted into selfcontained flats.
Septic tanks are used for small populations where there is no available normal sewerage system. Few are constructed nowadays and the majority of those in existence may well have been in existence for a considerable period of time.
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