Interior Paint, A guide to internal paint finishes, published on 1 January 2007 by Historic Scotland, states: ‘Although mainly associated with external work, limewashes have been used as interior coatings for centuries. Limewash is quicklime mixed in a water suspension (in a process called ‘slaking’). Additives were sometimes included to give a degree of protection against water penetration. Colour was provided by natural pigments. Only a limited range of materials were suitable due to the caustic (strong alkali) nature of the lime. Highly permeable, limewash was painted directly onto lime plaster or masonry. Limewash reflected light well; with the cured carbonate containing tiny refractive crystals which sent light out in different directions. Unless highly filtered and strained, limewash finishes provided an uneven, textured finish that can be appropriate for pre-18th century structures (although this makes it unsuitable for classical or formal rooms). Limewash was largely superseded by the use of distemper in the 19th century.’
Short Guide: Climate Change Adaptation for Traditional Buildings, published on 10 July 2017 by Historic Scotland, defines limewash as: ‘A simple type of traditional breathable paint or coating made from lime and water, with or without additives.’
Canons House, a landmark building on Bristol Harbourside, has been awarded Grade II (GII) listed status having been built as a regional headquarters for Lloyds Bank between 1988 and 1991 (Arup)
The Building Research Establishment (BRE) has announced a new project with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to improve and modernise the home energy rating scheme used to measure the energy and environmental performance of UK homes.
Sector lead the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) has recognised the IHBC’s professional accreditation and support (CPD etc.) in awarding its PQP (Professionally Qualified Person) cards.
The IHBC’s 2022 Aberdeen School Heritage MarketPlace (4.30-7.30PM, 15 June) is designed to extend the scope of a traditional IHBC School exhibition floor.
Work to repair a fire-hit medieval hotel in Gloucester is underway as crews have started work to strip back some of the modern trappings and reveal the historic framework.
Options for in-person and virtual delegates to explore ‘heritage on the edge’ across up to 4 days of IHBC engagement & learning.
The Secretariat to the European Heritage Heads Forum has has coordinated its declaration of solidarity and support for Ukraine’s cultural heritage institutions.
2022 will see the IHBC mark a quarter of a century since our incorporation as a professional body supporting and accrediting built and historic environment conservation specialists. We’re kick-starting it by inviting your ideas on how to mark this special year!
The IHBC’s latest Guidance Note adds to the institute’s open-access, online practitioner’s Toolbox.
The IHBC seeks to raise awareness and understanding of how building conservation philosophy and practice contributes towards meeting the challenge of climate change.