This list of recommended publications covers conservation legislation and technology, architectural history and sustainability. It is currently being revised and updated with new publications added every week. The full list should be completed in July 2018.

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Measurement and Recording of Historic Buildings

R Ashton, P Swallow and D Watt

This book provides a practical guide to measured buildings surveys with a special emphasis on recording the fabric of historic buildings. It will be of interest to all practitioners working in the field of conservation who need accurate surveys of buildings and small sites.


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Conservation of Building and Decorative Stone

J Ashurst and F Dimes

A comprehensive reference source for conservation providing theory and practical guidance combining the original two volumes. Volume 1 covers the historical use, geology, performance and deterioration mechanisms of stone as a building material. Volume 2 covers the structural deterioration of stone masonry structures and their repair and conservation, including the use of mortars, consolidants, cleaning methods and other considerations. Chapters on specific issues are written by leading specialists in the relevant field. An invaluable reference source despite the monochrome photographs.


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The Elements of Style

Stephen Calloway

There are a number of beautifully illustrated books on the market which attempt to describe all the details found in houses over the centuries, from skirtings and floorings to light fittings and plaster mouldings. This is one of the most comprehensive, covering interiors and exteriors in Britain and North America, from Tudor to Modern.


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Lime and Lime Mortars (reprint of Building Research Station report, 1927)

AD Cowper

Lime and Lime Mortars was first published in 1927 by the Building Research Station to provide a classification of lime and a 'state-of-the-art' review of its various uses in building construction and repair. The new facsimile edition will be of substantial interest and practical value since the methods, terminology and practices detailed by Cowper are still valid today. The classifications based on Vicat's research, and the suggested specifications in this book offer helpful guidelines for the conservation practitioner.


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Encyclopaedia of Architectural Terms

James Stevens Curl

The Encyclopaedia of Architectural Terms, now reprinted as a paperback edition, provides a comprehensive, clearly written, practical guide to the terminology used in the various aspects of architecture and building. It contains over 3,500 terms offering definitions of styles, the components of buildings, materials, the various parts of orders, architectural details, and much more. This scholarly work is illustrated to a high standard and is cross-referenced throughout. It will be an invaluable source of reference for architects, surveyors, architectural historians, and other professionals with an interest in historic buildings.


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Modern Practical Joinery: A Treatise on the Practice of Joiner's Work by Hand and Machine (1908)

George Ellis

This invaluable reprint of the 1902 practical joinery manual provides a wide variety of turn-of-the-century joinery details and an insight into the techniques used. In addition to common domestic details (sash windows, casements, panelled and boarded doors, skylights, fireplaces, stairs and many others) George Ellis also examines the construction of joinery in shops, banks, museums, libraries and churches. Key features are clearly illustrated in numerous technical drawings. Superb.


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Conservation of Historic Buildings

Bernard M Fielden

Fielden’s work is widely recognised as one of the most influential texts produced on the conservation of historic structures. The third edition of Feilden’s masterpiece offers new, updated material on the original subjects, and introduces new sections on non-destructive investigations and the conservation of modernist architecture.


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Access to the Historic Environment: meeting the needs of disabled people

Lisa Foster

Access for disabled people in historic settings is more than just a temporary ramp over the front steps for a wheelchair user. It is commitment to create integrated use and enjoyment of cultural and civic historic monuments for everyone, including people with mobility or sensory impairments, older people, parents with small children, or those temporarily disabled as a result of illness or injury. This book examines flexible and pragmatic solutions to improve circulation in buildings by overcoming level changes, addition of handrails and other facilities which achieve the basic goal of dignified access, and which protect a building's special architectural character. It features practical guidelines and illustrated case study material, with examples of how to improve access in different types of historic buildings including Georgian, and neo-classical buildings, historic monuments, country houses, gardens and landscapes.


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Discovering Timber Framed Buildings

Richard Harris

A concise but invaluable introduction to historic timber framed buildings and their details in England by one of the leading authorities. Well illustrated with black-and-white photos and line drawings.


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Materials for Conservation

CV Horie

The definitive introduction to the properties of materials used in conservation. It explains clearly the potential and pitfalls of any proposed technique, providing a convenient summary of necessary information.


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Old House Handbook: A Practical Guide to Care and Repair

Roger Hunt & Marianne Suhr

An authoritative guide to the maintenance and repair of old houses, whether it's a medieval cottage or an Edwardian terrace. Reflecting the principles of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, the book's approach is one of respect, restraint and repair rather than 'restoration' which can so easily destroy the rich historical legacy of any old building. Providing practical guidance on everything from breathability and damp to structural movement, this is the essential reading for anyone with an old house.


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Old House Eco Handbook

Roger Hunt and Marianne Suhr

Practical guidance from two leading SPAB conservation specialists on making historic houses energy-efficient and low carbon, without devaluing future sustainability or character


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A History of English Brickwork

Nathaniel Lloyd

If you are looking for a text that lends practical advice on the restoration of old buildings, or for an engaging history of English brickwork, this text has you covered. Lloyd’s well established work on English brick and brickwork offers an excellent photographic record and covers a wide range of issues; spanning from an explanation of the practical problems of shaping brick, through to the process of dating brickwork.


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The History of Gauged Brickwork

Gerard Lynch

This book takes a look at the history and use of cut, rubbed and gauged brickwork; the use of tools and equipment and the differences between historic and contemporary bricks with a view to inform conservation and restoration decisions. The book uses case studies from England, Ireland and the US to illustrate the use of different materials and techniques on buildings ranging in age. Written by Dr. Gerard Lynch, a leading authority in this subject area, this book will be of particular interest to architectural historians, architects working on historic buildings and building conservators.


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Brickwork - History, Technology and Practice: Volume 1

Gerard Lynch

Volume 1 begins with a background to the historic development of the brick, the craft of bricklaying and of brickwork from the 13 century to the present day. It then goes on to describe the modern manufacture of bricks along with their properties and classification. The book also includes chapter on mortars, tools and accessories along with an explanation of bricklaying skills and comprehensive coverage of the techniques of bonding and its application.


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Brickwork - History, Technology and Practice: Volume 2

Gerard Lynch

Volume 2 examines the elements of building construction in brick. Chapter one studies the setting out of a small building and then progresses to foundations, examining the historical as well as current practices. The following five chapters cover both the contemporary and traditional aspects of substructure brickwork; basements; sleeper walls; damp proof courses; cavity walling and jointing and pointing. The volume concludes with useful advice on achieving controlled and efficient bricklaying.


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Traditional Construction for a Sustainable Future

Carole Ryan

The publication examines the performance of traditionally constructed buildings and their fabric from the perspective of environmental sustainability, including natural ventilation and breathing walls, and comparisons with modern construction methods show how they could prevent 'sick building syndrome'. The author argues that maintenance for long life, by contrast with the modern concept of life-cycle costing, is at the nub of sustainability and underlies the contribution traditional building construction can make to tackling climate change.


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The Terracotta Revival

Michael Stratton

Terracotta and faience (glazed terracotta) became of considerable significance in the development of the American Scyscraper after the Chicago fire of 1871 and subsequently in the architecture of Victorian and Edwardian city centres throughout Britain, not least for the ornamentation which was frequently lavished upon it. This book details the historic development and use of the material and is very well illustrated. Although only the last chapter deals with conservation issues, the book is essential reading for anyone involved with the conservation of terracotta buildings.


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Mortars and Cements (facsimile of 1837 edition)

LJ Vicat

L J Vicat's investigations into the nature and use of limes first appeared in this English language edition in 1837. It is of immense interest and importance as it critically reviews the practices of time sifting the good ones from the bad by careful experiment. The classification which he prepared is still valid today and enables the best possible use to be made of any lime, particularly for hydraulic works. Contents: Limestones, calcination of limestone, hydraulic limes, slaking of limes, expansion of limes, hydrate of lime, sands and their qualities, pozzolanas, mortars or cements intended for immersion, exposed to the weather, or subjected to constant damp soil, natural cements, ancient mortars other theories of calcareous mortars and cements.


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Surveying Historic Buildings

D Watt

This book focuses on the unique nature of the principles involved in surveying historic buildings. It offers a well structured guide to inspecting and reporting on the condition of older buildings, and takes into consideration the traditional materials and techniques used in their construction. Part I summarises the basics of surveying practice, including the inspection, assessment, defect diagnosis and monitoring of defects. Part II examines the building elements, discussing the form of construction and their symptoms and diagnosis. This section features concise inspection checklists for ease of reference.


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BS 7671:2018 Requirements for Electrical Installations. IET Wiring Regulations

BS 7617 Wiring Regulations is the UK’s main electrical safety standard. It sets out requirements that detail how to perform electrical installations safely


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BS EN 62305-1:2011 Protection against lightning. General principles

BS EN 62305 Protection against lightning is in four parts: BS EN 62305-1:2011 General principles; BS EN 62305-2:2012 Risk management; BS EN 62305-3:2011 Physical damage to structures and life hazard; and BS EN 62305-4:2011 Electrical and electronic systems within structures


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BS 5534:2014+A2:2018 Slating and tiling for pitched roofs and vertical cladding. Code of practice

BS5534 sets out good practice in roof slating and tiling, and covers a wide variety of traditional materials. However, BSI warns that its recommendations 'may not be appropriate for the re-slating or re-tiling of someold roofs, particularly where traditional and/or reclaimed materials are used. Users intending to adopt any of these recommendations for old roofs, and especially for historically or architecturally important buildings, are advised to consult with the local planning authority or an appropriate conservation organization to check their suitability.'


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BS EN 1996-2:2006 Eurocode 6. Design of masonry structures

Eurocode 6 supersedes BS 5390 Codes of Practice for Stone Masonry and includes several standards and national annexes. BS EN 1996-1-2:2005 provides general rules on structural fire design; BS EN 1996-2:2006 covers design considerations, selection of materials and execution of masonry; and BS EN 1996-3:2006 provides simplified calculation methods for unreinforced masonry structures.


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BS 8221-1:2012 Code of practice for cleaning and surface repair of buildings. Cleaning of natural stone, brick, terracotta and concrete

Provides guidance on the characteristics of surface deposits and the principal cleaning methods in use for the removal or partial removal of deposits from the original surface or substrate of a building. Materials covered include natural stones, brick, glazed and unglazed terracotta/faience, and cast concrete and concrete products such as cast stone. The standard supersedes BS 8221-1:2000


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