Maintenance of Historic Buildings: A Practical Handbook
Maintenance helps to preserve the significance of a historic building, retaining both the structural integrity of the building fabric and its appearance. Maintenance can extend a building's life, reduce or remove the need for repairs and ultimately offers a sustainable approach to the conservation of our heritage. It is therefore recognized by conservation professionals as one of the most important activities involved in caring for historic buildings. Despite this, it is still often considered a low priority by building owners. This extremely useful sourcebook provides a model for planning a maintenance programme which will reduce unnecessary subsequent costs. By following this guide building managers and conservation advisors can produce a definitive logbook covering all maintenance needs, including timing for repairs and accurate budgeting. Using simple work cards, it sets out responsibilities, explains the nature of the tasks, shows how they should be performed, where they are and who should undertake them. It also demonstrates how routine inspections can be undertaken with minimal disturbance by the owner/manager. The useful checklists and spreadsheets act as an aide-memoire to assist with the process.
Table of Contents
Preface; Introduction; Aims; Summary; Collection of background data; Fundamentals; Notes on contractor questionnaire; Architect's cover sheet; Contractor details; Contractor questionnaire; Recommendations; Review of background data; Building Maintenance Logbook, Part 1: User Maintenance Instructions; Introduction; Preparation of work cards; Part 1 of work card: definition of work location; Part 2 of work card: task descriptions; Work card template; Structure and contents of User Maintenance Instructions; Flooring; Stairs; Windows and glazing; Doors; Tiling to sanitary areas; Sanitary appliances; Electrical installations; Heating system, heat emitters; Special elements; Fixtures and fittings; Drainage; Water, waste water; Access covers; Ventilation; Internal walls, ceilings; External walls, facades; Roof; External works; Servicing contracts; Work inspection cards; Data collection/work card catalogue; Building Maintenance Logbook, Part 2: Condition Survey spreadsheet model; Introduction; Structure of Building Maintenance Logbook, Part 2; Contents and page numbering; Survey intervals; Preparation of Condition Survey; Preliminary investigations; Analysis of preliminary investigations and specification of participants and date for Condition Survey; Condition Survey; Facades; Roof plan; Attic/loft and structural system; Floor plans; Basement, structural waterproofing; Stairs; Special elements; Building services plant and installations; External works; Follow-up to Condition Survey; Example of User Maintenance Instructions; Example of Condition Survey spreadsheets; Schloss Reichenow.