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Journal of Building Survey, Appraisal & Valuation
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     ISSN (Print) 2046-9594 - ISSN (Online) 2046-9608
     Published by Henry Stewart Publications Homepage  [18 journals]
  • Above ground damp proofing: How to improve detailing: Part 1 – Solid
           plaster frontal masking systems
    • Abstract: It's not usually too difficult to spot locations of failure in damp proofing masking plaster. There is commonly staining, salt damage, rusting of embedded beads etc. Such failure is extremely frustrating for clients — usually home owners. It requires additional gears of knowledge and experience to be able to exactly understand the causes of failure — and getting to the bottom of the defect may sometimes require localised opening up. Having understood the cause of failure, the next hurdle is devising a remedial package to put things right. Putting things right is of course more difficult than installing a more reliable system in the first place. The sketch details in this paper show examples of failure and also of good practice. When commissioning damp proofing, the author strongly advises that a client insists on obtaining as much information as possible concerning detailing of the installation — so the sketch details and advice contained in this paper should prove invaluable. You will also come to appreciate when studying the various detailing options, that achieving more reliable damp proofing will require a more skilled approach, closer supervision of the work, and will take longer — and of course be more costly.
      Content Type Journal Article
      Category Practice papers
      Pages 67-87

      Authors
      Ralph F. Burkinshaw
      Journal Journal of Building Survey, Appraisal & Valuation
      Online ISSN 2046-9608
      Print ISSN 2046-9594
      Journal Volume Volume 3
      Journal Issue Volume 3, Number 1 / Spring 2014
      PubDate: Fri, 09 May 2014 11:54:06 GMT
       
  • Are business rates fit for purpose?
    • Abstract: This paper is a précis of a paper presented to the RICS Rating Conference on 28th November, 2013. During this speech (and hence in this paper), the business rates system was reviewed, with specific reference to whether the current approach is fit for purpose and the changes that could be adopted to create a better business rates system. The paper outlines a number of issues associated with business rates as they currently stand, and proposes solutions to these problems that would enhance fairness while reducing administration and lowering costs for all parties. The paper also briefly analyses the announcements made regarding business rates as part of the recent Autumn Statement.
      Content Type Journal Article
      Category Practice papers
      Pages 88-94

      Authors
      Jerry Schurder
      Journal Journal of Building Survey, Appraisal & Valuation
      Online ISSN 2046-9608
      Print ISSN 2046-9594
      Journal Volume Volume 3
      Journal Issue Volume 3, Number 1 / Spring 2014
      PubDate: Fri, 09 May 2014 11:54:06 GMT
       
  • Building Information Modelling's possible impact upon surveying
    • Abstract: Building Information Modelling's possible impact upon surveying
      Content Type Journal Article
      Category Editorial
      Pages 4-6

      Authors
      Simon Mclean
      Journal Journal of Building Survey, Appraisal & Valuation
      Online ISSN 2046-9608
      Print ISSN 2046-9594
      Journal Volume Volume 3
      Journal Issue Volume 3, Number 1 / Spring 2014
      PubDate: Fri, 09 May 2014 11:54:05 GMT
       
  • Renewable energy: The pros and cons of its use for retrofit in domestic
           and commercial settings
    • Abstract: Renewable energy is one of the most exciting technologies of the 21st century, held aloft as the panacea to take us out of the energy and carbon crisis and into a place of energy resilience. The ‘trilemma’ of ‘keeping the lights on’, being cost-effective, and reducing carbon emissions is met in part by this technology. Businesses and domestic customers alike are increasingly interested in what renewable energy has to offer, but are often confused by the available options, pitfalls and potential complications of becoming involved in renewable microgeneration. This article aims to address this issue with an overview of each of the technologies, their relative merits and the incentives available to help make renewable energy a worthwhile investment. Case studies are also included as examples of the use of the renewable energy and the investment opportunity that it holds.
      Content Type Journal Article
      Category Practice papers
      Pages 19-31

      Authors
      Carl Benfield
      Journal Journal of Building Survey, Appraisal & Valuation
      Online ISSN 2046-9608
      Print ISSN 2046-9594
      Journal Volume Volume 3
      Journal Issue Volume 3, Number 1 / Spring 2014
      PubDate: Fri, 09 May 2014 11:54:05 GMT
       
  • Understanding common defects in historic masonry
    • Abstract: This paper advocates an understanding of the causes of failure in historic masonry as the key to a successful conservation programme. Only then can a suitable repair strategy be developed to enhance the long-term and cost-effective performance of an historic facade. This paper is an excerpt from Adrian Paye's forthcoming book, and describes many common causes of failure. Photographs are of recent PAYE contracts.
      Content Type Journal Article
      Category Practice papers
      Pages 32-45

      Authors
      Adrian Paye
      Journal Journal of Building Survey, Appraisal & Valuation
      Online ISSN 2046-9608
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      Journal Volume Volume 3
      Journal Issue Volume 3, Number 1 / Spring 2014
      PubDate: Fri, 09 May 2014 11:54:05 GMT
       
  • Recent legislation in building conservation and its impact on building
           surveying for traditional buildings
    • Abstract: Changes to heritage protection policy contained in the National Planning Policy Framework (2012) and the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act (2013) follow a decade of historic environment policy reform. Significance-based assessments are now the established way of measuring and managing change to heritage assets. Improvements in the way protected places are designated, and how changes are recorded, have streamlined the listed building consent process. Within the heritage sector, there is an appetite for further reform, to ensure the best of our built heritage is sustained and enjoyed for its contribution to our culture.
      Content Type Journal Article
      Category Practice papers
      Pages 7-18

      Authors
      Lynda Jubb
      Journal Journal of Building Survey, Appraisal & Valuation
      Online ISSN 2046-9608
      Print ISSN 2046-9594
      Journal Volume Volume 3
      Journal Issue Volume 3, Number 1 / Spring 2014
      PubDate: Fri, 09 May 2014 11:54:05 GMT
       
  • The role of the advising engineer under the Party Wall etc Act 1996: Is
           there one?
    • Abstract: There is a growing tendency for adjoining owners’ surveyors appointed under the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 to ask almost as a matter of routine for the building owner to meet the cost of another engineer to advise the surveyor. This practice adds the burden of yet more fees on the building owner.There seems to be no direct authority for this in the Act itself but the practice is supported by inference in a leading judgment and directly in guidance published by some of the professional organisations in the field. What is clear is that such an additional appointment should be made only in exceptional circumstances and that responsibility for the appointment needs to be carefully considered and defined.Surveyors relying on guidance from ‘their own’ advising engineer should also be aware that in so doing they and their engineers may become involved in the design itself and acquire liability of which they and their professional indemnity insurers are unaware.
      Content Type Journal Article
      Category Practice papers
      Pages 46-52

      Authors
      Mikael Rust
      Journal Journal of Building Survey, Appraisal & Valuation
      Online ISSN 2046-9608
      Print ISSN 2046-9594
      Journal Volume Volume 3
      Journal Issue Volume 3, Number 1 / Spring 2014
      PubDate: Fri, 09 May 2014 11:54:05 GMT
       
  • Building controls: Making the right choice in energy management
    • Abstract: When managing energy in the built environment, controls should be one of the first tools out of the tool box; hence the importance of understanding what they can do and making the right choice. The control of energy in buildings is generally poor, despite the availability of a range of tried and tested systems. Specifications are often limited to the minimum requirements; innovative technologies, such as Building Energy Management Systems and Demand Control Ventilation are rarely applied. Building controls, whether stand-alone units or full building energy management systems, are designed to provide a comfortable climate for building occupants while ensuring this is delivered with the lowest possible energy consumption. Energy can account for about 40 per cent of the running costs of a building over its lifetime. Anything that can be done to help manage this effectively is a benefit to building owners and occupants. Any decision on what to specify should be based on lifecycle costs, not short-term thinking about the initial capital cost. Controls can be applied equally successfully to a new or refurbished building.
      Content Type Journal Article
      Category Practice papers
      Pages 62-66

      Authors
      Andy Lewry
      Journal Journal of Building Survey, Appraisal & Valuation
      Online ISSN 2046-9608
      Print ISSN 2046-9594
      Journal Volume Volume 3
      Journal Issue Volume 3, Number 1 / Spring 2014
      PubDate: Fri, 09 May 2014 11:54:05 GMT
       
  • Dilapidations: Repairs and the supersession thereof
    • Abstract: This paper does not attempt to cover all aspects of dilapidations but focuses specifically on issues associated with the point when a landlord's chosen method of repair might become classified as an alteration; whether the landlord’ intentions are relevant; and different forms of supersession, all after the end of a tenant's lease.
      Content Type Journal Article
      Category Practice papers
      Pages 53-61

      Authors
      Jon Rowling
      Journal Journal of Building Survey, Appraisal & Valuation
      Online ISSN 2046-9608
      Print ISSN 2046-9594
      Journal Volume Volume 3
      Journal Issue Volume 3, Number 1 / Spring 2014
      PubDate: Fri, 09 May 2014 11:54:05 GMT
       
  • The chronicles of a Mayfair surveyor: Episode VIII
    • Abstract: The chronicles of a Mayfair surveyor: Episode VIII
      Content Type Journal Article
      Category Diary
      Pages 360-365

      Authors
      Kent Lawson
      Journal Journal of Building Survey, Appraisal & Valuation
      Online ISSN 2046-9608
      Print ISSN 2046-9594
      Journal Volume Volume 2
      Journal Issue Volume 2, Number 4 / Winter 2014
      PubDate: Tue, 18 Feb 2014 20:00:44 GMT
       
  • An overview of damp remediation measures practised by building occupants
           in Ghana
    • Abstract: A structured questionnaire survey was conducted on building occupants of 5,100 residential buildings affected by dampness in 11 major towns in four climatic zones in Ghana to identify the level of practice of some damp remediation measures. On-site building observations and face-to-face interviews with inhabitants were also carried out by trained assessors to document these measures through photographs. The findings showed that the use of damp proof courses and membranes, construction of aprons at the base of walls, patching of wall bases and tiling of wall bases are damp remediation measures frequently practised by building occupants in Ghana. With the exception of damp proof courses and membranes, the effectiveness of these methods has not yet been proved and they are not permanent solutions to address the problem of dampness. As a result, there is still an urgent need for concerted efforts to find effective remediation measures to address the problem of dampness.
      Content Type Journal Article
      Category Research papers
      Pages 347-359

      Authors
      Kofi Agyekum
      Joshua Ayarkwa
      Christian Koranteng
      Emmanuel Adinyira
      Journal Journal of Building Survey, Appraisal & Valuation
      Online ISSN 2046-9608
      Print ISSN 2046-9594
      Journal Volume Volume 2
      Journal Issue Volume 2, Number 4 / Winter 2014
      PubDate: Tue, 18 Feb 2014 20:00:44 GMT
       
  • Bats and property development
    • Abstract: Bats and property development
      Content Type Journal Article
      Category Editorial
      Pages 284-286

      Authors
      Simon McLean
      Journal Journal of Building Survey, Appraisal & Valuation
      Online ISSN 2046-9608
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      Journal Volume Volume 2
      Journal Issue Volume 2, Number 4 / Winter 2014
      PubDate: Tue, 18 Feb 2014 20:00:43 GMT
       
  • Fire safety in commercial premises
    • Abstract: This paper provides a short review of the history of fire safety regulation in commercial premises and looks at the development of the current regime under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. What has the approach to enforcement been and how can professionals support compliance by their clients?
      Content Type Journal Article
      Category Legal review
      Pages 327-331

      Authors
      Anna Lundy
      David Young
      Amy Coombes
      Journal Journal of Building Survey, Appraisal & Valuation
      Online ISSN 2046-9608
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      Journal Volume Volume 2
      Journal Issue Volume 2, Number 4 / Winter 2014
      PubDate: Tue, 18 Feb 2014 20:00:43 GMT
       
  • Fire suppression in historic buildings
    • Abstract: An account of the controversial history of fire suppression as a conservation measure in historic buildings and the increasing acceptance of its benefits in promoting life safety and reducing the damage done by fires to historic building fabric and by conventional firefighting efforts. The article also describes how sprinklers do and do not operate and some situations in which they have been deployed.
      Content Type Journal Article
      Category Comment
      Pages 287-296

      Authors
      David Gibbon
      Journal Journal of Building Survey, Appraisal & Valuation
      Online ISSN 2046-9608
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      Journal Volume Volume 2
      Journal Issue Volume 2, Number 4 / Winter 2014
      PubDate: Tue, 18 Feb 2014 20:00:43 GMT
       
  • The implications of ‘notifiable non-licensed work with
           asbestos’: Practical difficulties for surveyors
    • Abstract: This paper describes the practical difficulties that asbestos-containing materials can present for surveyors when considering the refurbishment, alteration and, ultimately, the valuation of a building. Health and Safety Executive guidance in respect of the different types of asbestos survey is discussed as well as the competency standards that must be attained by those responsible for undertaking these types of survey. The paper also explains the significance of recent legislation introduced to comply with the European Commission Asbestos Worker Protection Directive; in particular, the additional classification ‘notifiable non-licensed work’. The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 identifies three distinct categories of work with asbestos — licensed work, non-licensed work and notifiable non-licensed work. Each classification is defined, and an explanation provided as to the factors that must be considered in order to determine the applicable category of asbestos work. The author provides examples of work activities within each category and a Health and Safety Executive decision flow chart is presented as an aid to the decision-making process. Finally, the paper reviews a memorandum from the Asbestos Liaison Group relating to the partial relaxation of precautionary measures when soffits made of asbestos insulating board are removed.
      Content Type Journal Article
      Category Practice papers
      Pages 297-308

      Authors
      Steve Shutler
      Journal Journal of Building Survey, Appraisal & Valuation
      Online ISSN 2046-9608
      Print ISSN 2046-9594
      Journal Volume Volume 2
      Journal Issue Volume 2, Number 4 / Winter 2014
      PubDate: Tue, 18 Feb 2014 20:00:43 GMT
       
  • Housing disrepair: Is there a role for experts?
    • Abstract: Housing disrepair is viewed as a separate area of the law but it is in reality merely another forum for the subject of dilapidations. The law of Landlord and Tenant has always envisaged a liability on one of the parties to repair the premises. The extent of repair and the penalties for failing to repair vary as does the extent of work required. In common parlance, however, dilapidations appears to be limited to the commercial world and housing disrepair to a separate world of dwellings. The ‘Proposals for the Reform of Legal Aid in England and Wales: Legal Aid Remuneration — Experts’ Fees’, set out in April 2011, describe the aim of the modern legal aid scheme: ‘to provide equality of access, and the right to representation before the law … There is a compelling case for going back to first principles in reforming legal aid, to ensure access to public funding in those cases that really require it, the protection of the most vulnerable in our society and the efficient performance of our justice system.’
      Content Type Journal Article
      Category Practice papers
      Pages 309-314

      Authors
      Patrick Reddin
      Journal Journal of Building Survey, Appraisal & Valuation
      Online ISSN 2046-9608
      Print ISSN 2046-9594
      Journal Volume Volume 2
      Journal Issue Volume 2, Number 4 / Winter 2014
      PubDate: Tue, 18 Feb 2014 20:00:43 GMT
       
  • The importance of occupancy patterns on the analysis of heating energy
           relating to housing refurbishment
    • Abstract: Attempts to reduce household energy consumption for space heating are showing little progress. This paper explores the role of thermal mass in refurbishing an existing dwelling to reduce heating energy consumption. The investigation is based on three refurbishment strategies to achieve light, medium and heavy weight building structures in conjunction with a highly insulated and airtight structure (compatible with Code for Sustainable Homes Level 5). This was based on a typical Irish dwelling originally constructed using concrete hollow block, although the results could be extrapolated for the UK, which has a similar climate. HTB2 (a dynamic thermal energy calculation engine) was used to carry out thermal modelling of the refurbishment strategies in conjunction with more than 40 occupancy patterns. For average occupancy, the thermal mass had little impact on energy use; however, light weight fabric was slightly more efficient for lower or intermittent occupancy. The energy penalty of reheating dwellings left unoccupied and unheated for a full day was equivalent to 1.2–2 days’ heating energy. Increasing thermal mass reduces the likelihood of major overheating but does not mitigate it entirely. The remaining overheating hours, however, could be sufficiently addressed by increasing the ventilation to 1.5 Air Changes per Hour during overheating hours.
      Content Type Journal Article
      Category Research papers
      Pages 332-346

      Authors
      Vicki Stevenson
      Barry McNaboe
      Journal Journal of Building Survey, Appraisal & Valuation
      Online ISSN 2046-9608
      Print ISSN 2046-9594
      Journal Volume Volume 2
      Journal Issue Volume 2, Number 4 / Winter 2014
      PubDate: Tue, 18 Feb 2014 20:00:43 GMT
       
  • Energy surveys and audits: The need for best practice
    • Abstract: EU Directive 2011/0172 is about to become finalised in European law and mandates energy audits for organisations. As yet it is not clear how the UK government will implement this and over what timeline. The directive states that where energy audits are generally not offered commercially (such as small and medium-sized enterprises), Member States should develop programmes to encourage SMEs to undertake their own energy audits. Energy audits should be mandatory and regular for large enterprises, as energy savings can be significant. Audits should take into account relevant European or International Standards, such as ISO 50001:2011 (Energy Management Systems), or BS EN 16247-1:2012 (Energy Audits — Part 1: General requirements).BS EN 16247-1:2012 (Energy Audits — Part 1: General requirements), has just been published but has insufficient underpinning guidance to enable good quality audits to be specified. Andy Lewry has just published a signposting booklet,1 with the Energy Services and Technology Association, to provide underpinning guidance on how to achieve the requirements. Conducting an energy audit is essential in that it provides the data and information required for informed decision-making.
      Content Type Journal Article
      Category Practice papers
      Pages 315-319

      Authors
      Andy Lewry
      Journal Journal of Building Survey, Appraisal & Valuation
      Online ISSN 2046-9608
      Print ISSN 2046-9594
      Journal Volume Volume 2
      Journal Issue Volume 2, Number 4 / Winter 2014
      PubDate: Tue, 18 Feb 2014 20:00:43 GMT
       
  • Best practice business development and social media
    • Abstract: Social media seems to be on everyone's mind at the moment. This paper answers some common questions: is social media right for our business? Are we doing enough? Should we be doing this, or that? What is a blog? Do I need to be tweeting? Who cares what Sarah's had for breakfast and how strong Bob's morning coffee is? Which social media platforms could I be using and which social media platforms do I need to be using? Some firms, in fact there are hundreds that have sprung up over the last few years, are social media evangelists, preaching about blogging daily, tweeting every hour and claiming that all your work will come through social media. Not everyone believes this. What is true is that social media is an important and growing element of a best practice business development approach. This paper evaluates social media not as a substitute for best practice business development, but as part of the mix.
      Content Type Journal Article
      Category Practice papers
      Pages 320-326

      Authors
      Paul Matthews
      Journal Journal of Building Survey, Appraisal & Valuation
      Online ISSN 2046-9608
      Print ISSN 2046-9594
      Journal Volume Volume 2
      Journal Issue Volume 2, Number 4 / Winter 2014
      PubDate: Tue, 18 Feb 2014 20:00:43 GMT
       
  • The Chronicles of a Mayfair Surveyor: Episode VII
    • Abstract: The Chronicles of a Mayfair Surveyor: Episode VII
      Content Type Journal Article
      Category Diary
      Pages 274-279

      Authors
      Kent Lawson
      Journal Journal of Building Survey, Appraisal & Valuation
      Online ISSN 2046-9608
      Print ISSN 2046-9594
      Journal Volume Volume 2
      Journal Issue Volume 2, Number 3 / Autumn 2013
      PubDate: Fri, 15 Nov 2013 14:58:12 GMT
       
 
 
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