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Practical Building Conservation

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 .

The new ten-part 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

Building Environment

Published 30 September 2014

This volume, Building Environment, looks at the interaction between building materials and systems and their surroundings and how this may lead to deterioration, outlining the evolution of building envelope design and environmental control systems.

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Concrete

Concrete

Published 29 March 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 Concrete, offers guidance as to how this should be done.

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Conservation Basics

Conservation Basics

Published 29 March 2013

This volume, Conservation Basics, reviews the history and evolution of building conservation in England, explaining the philosophical and legal frameworks that exist today, and considering possible future developments.

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Earth, Brick & Terracotta

Earth, Brick & Terracotta

Published 31 August 2015

This volume, Earth, Brick and Terracotta deals with fired and unfired clay products.

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Glass & Glazing

Glass & Glazing

Published 1 March 2012

This volume, Glass & Glazing, looks at the conservation of one of the most important building materials, and its use in windows, roofing and walling.

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Metals

Metals

Published 1 March 2012

This volume, 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.

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Mortars, Renders & Plasters

Mortars, Renders & Plasters

Published 1 March 2012

Mortars, Renders and Plasters provides a broad perspective of contemporary conservation theory and practice not otherwise found in one publication.

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Roofing

Roofing

Published 2 December 2013

This volume, Roofing, looks at traditional roof coverings used on historic buildings.

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Stone

Stone

Published 1 March 2012

This volume, Stone, considers the wide variety of its historical uses, from simple masonry walling through to elaborate carving and decoration.

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Timber

Timber

Published 1 March 2012

This volume, 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.

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