Building Condition Assessment
A core service provided by RBA is the forensic assessment of the condition of the building fabric/materials which constitute an historic building. Assessment of the condition (or health) of the materials is crucial to resolving what is required to maintain and/or restore the heritage asset.
RBA staff, our specialist consultants and traditional crafts and trades people have expansive knowledge of both early and contemporary building technologies and the predicted normal modes of decay of building materials.
Identifying defects (or poor condition) is however just the first step, even more critical is the need to understand the cause and implications attached to that identified defect and then what remedial (repair) action/s are appropriate.
RBA has extensive technical expertise in assessing historic and contemporary building fabric and resolving appropriate and sustainable remedial measures including for the following:
DECORATIVE FINISHES (internal and external) including: paint systems, renders, stuccos, wall papers, tessellated tiling etc.
GLASS including: stained glass, leadlight etched glass
MASONRY including: dimension stone and freestone, sandstone, basalt, limestone
METALS including: wrought and cast iron, steel, bronze, aluminium
MORTARS including: traditional lime putty mixes, tuck-pointing as well as the many cement based systems
PLASTER AND RENDER including: traditional lime putty based systems, lathe and plaster ceilings
ROOF CLADDING SYSTEMS including: terracotta, slate, corrugated iron, lead, zinc, copper and fibre cement sheet
TIMBER including: hardwood and softwood framing and cladding systems both indigenous and exotic (external, structural, internal, decorative)
WALL CLADDING SYSTEMS including: stone, faience architectural terracotta, brick, concrete, glass, timber, concrete, aluminium, sheet metals, cement sheet