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Last edited 05 Feb 2017
Recognising wood rot and insect damage in buildings
Recognising wood rot and insect damage in buildings (BR 453) 3rd edition was published by BRE on 13 January 2003. The 132 book guide was written by A F Bravery, R W Berry, J K Carey and D E Cooper.
It enables the recognition of wood destroying fungi and insects found in buildings through information in note form supported by flow charts and images. It also allows identification of harmless species that might be encountered which do not necessarily require treatment. Further, general information is given on remedial treatments.
The third edition includes guidance on types of fungal growths which, though less regularly encountered, nonetheless mislead diagnosis. It also has a short section on termites.
Since the first edition was published, there has been an increased emphasis on conservation, repair and refurbishment, and an increasing desire to avoid excessive use of remedial preservatives by adopting environmental control strategies that bring decay and insect attack under control. These strategies depend on correct diagnosis.
Its contents include:
- Building inspection for fungal and insect attack.
- Identification of wood rotting fungi.
- Types of fungi found in buildings.
- Key for identifying fungal growths in buildings.
- Wood rotting fungi.
- Non- wood rotting fungi.
- Algal growths.
- Chemical attack of wood.
- Identification of wood boring insects.
- Key identifying wood borers.
- Damage category A insects.
- Damage category B insects.
- Damage category C insects.
- Remedial treatment of damage by wood boring insects.
- Non wood-boring insects commonly found in buildings.
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