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Building conservation and heritage

The following materials fall within the ‘Building conservation and heritage’ RIBA Core Curriculum subject area. This covers understanding the legislative framework and principles of conservation practice, including having the right knowledge, skills and techniques (or access to the right specialists), to work on conservation projects and historic or listed buildings and places. Many seminars are now available online using Zoom, GoToMeeting, and Microsoft Teams etc. This is not always shown here so, if a seminar is of interest to you, do click on the link and check.
Brickwork Essentials
A brief introduction to bricks, including their history, methods of manufacture and technical characteristics – allowing the specifier to select the right brick for the correct application. Covers: the heritage and longevity of clay facing bricks; how to identify brick types by their manufacturing method; the technical properties of a brick (including sizing, tolerances, range, frost rating, salts and compressive strength); how to select bricks based on the geography and topography of a site; and, the importance of bond pattern, mortar selection, site practice and your working relationship with the site contractor in achieving the desired finish.

Traditional Brick and Stone is a privately-owned independent company committed to providing customers with a quality product and excellent service. It has an extensive and unique product portfolio, backed by a nationwide network of experienced technical support staff and distribution centres in Tilbury, Harwich, Hull and Belfast.
Combining Technology with Tradition: A History of Natural Clay
Online Learning, by Wienerberger Ltd
Clay is a highly durable and versatile construction material that – along with stone and wood – is one of the oldest and most influential building resources on Earth. This course looks at the history of clay in roofing and how this impacted and shaped modern roof tiles. The manufacturing process, roofing legislation and different types and formats of clay tiles are also considered.

Wienerberger is one of the UK’s leading providers of wall, roof and landscaping innovations. Wienerberger Clay Building Materials Europe (CBME) is one of the world’s largest producers of clay blocks and facing bricks and a European market leader in the manufacture of clay roof tiles.

Founded in Vienna in 1819, Wienerberger Group is a global business with over 200 production sites worldwide, representation in 30+ countries, and more than 10,000 employees. Wienerberger Ltd offers UK customers one of the broadest product portfolios in the business, including clay facing bricks (stock and wire-cut), specialist engineering bricks, cladding and structural wall systems, a full range of clay, concrete and slate roofing products, as well as domestic and commercial pavers.

Duration: 50-60 minutes, plus Q&A
Handmade Bricks – Manufacturing Tradition for our Modern Built Environment
Online Learning, by York Handmade Brick Co Ltd
Covers the history of handmade brick manufacture and use in the UK, from its origins in Roman times to the present day, where its versatility and durability as a modern building material is more relevant than ever. Topics covered include the working processes of historical and modern handmade brick manufacture, the relevance, benefits and potential of using handmade bricks in the modern built environment, and the use of handmade bricks in modern methods of construction and off-site manufacturing.

Generations of brick making experience puts this family-run UK company, based near York, at the forefront of development in clay technology and design. Producing over four million handmade bricks each year, the York Handmade Brick Company offers an unrivalled and inspiring range of traditional and contemporary bricks to complement the built environment.

Duration: 50 minutes, plus Q&A
Lime in Building Conservation
Online Learning, by EcoRight Limited
A seminar designed to offer a greater appreciation of the history and manufacture of lime and to give the architect the confidence to specify the material correctly. Includes guidance on the properties and benefits of lime, the different types of lime, and how to choose and apply limes and mortars correctly.

EcoRight manufactures and supplies modern premixed hydraulic lime mortar, renders and plasters for new build and renovation projects. It also produces and stocks hot lime mortars, lime putty, haired plasters, laths and fine stuff for conservation, restoration, heritage and listed properties.

Duration: one hour, plus Q&A