CIOB Academy Course

Building Pathology


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2 days
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Next Available Dates

5th April 2023


A forensic approach to inspecting, investigating and problem solving in buildings and finding solutions.


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Problems in buildings are often misdiagnosed and therefore a building pathological approach is essential to arrive at the correct diagnosis in solving problems. Building pathology ensures a forensic approach. A proper understanding of a building is essential for many reasons ranging from decisions on purchasing a building to decisions on major investment in terms of adaptation or retrofitting. It is therefore paramount that understanding the building pathology will ensure proper diagnosis.

This course provides the essential principles and practices of building pathology and the principles of building failure. It will describe the inspection process as well as monitoring and the equipment that is necessary along with the level of competencies required. It will focus on looking for the symptoms of problems externally and internally including the effects of use and the environment, including the changing environment due to climate change and how to determine the cause of problems and deal with their remediation.

It will also consider how to determine suitability for different types of uses of a particular building. Ascertaining problems caused by adaptation and retrofitting of buildings will also be covered.

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An online classroom with live tutor and interactions.


Course Delivery

  • Accessing the live webinar sessions during the course require delegates to register using teams
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  • Take a forensic approach to analysing buildings
  • Locate and determine problems and issues with uses
  • Understand what equipment should be used
  • Identify a range of common problems and defects
  • How to determine solutions to problems

Construction professionals required to undertake inspections and surveys of buildings in order to determine reported problems, understand an overall condition, suitability for adaptation, retrofit and change of use. This course is also vital for any construction professional who is working an existing building.


At the end of the 2 days, you will receive a certificate of attendance.

Sustainable Construction and Development

John Edwards

The course will be delivered by John Edwards, MA, DipBldgCons, CEnv, FCIOB, FRICS, IHBC who is also the CIOB’s lead assessor on the CIOB’s Conservation Certification Scheme. John is an expert practitioner, formerly of English Heritage and Cadw and is the lead author of BS 7913: 2013: Guide to the Conservation of Historic Buildings.

Professor John Edwards, is a practising building pathologist as well as a Chartered Environmentalist, Chartered Building Surveyor and Chartered Construction Manager. First undertook detailed inspections, analysis’s and monitoring of buildings in 1981. His experience covers housing of many different kinds ranging from traditional to system built and many other types of buildings ranging from castles and cathedrals to modern commercial office buildings. Professor Edwards is principally a practitioner but has been involved in education on a part time basis since the 1980’s and includes many of his case studies as work examples in this training course. He is currently a Director of specialist consultancy practise Edwards Hart and is also professor of practice at the University of Wales Trinity St David.

CIOB Conservation Conference

New ideas for tough times

The theme of this year's annual conference is balancing conservation needs against rising costs. It is ideal for professionals involved in historic or traditional buildings as well as homeowners who are embarking on their own project.

We have drawn together leading experts from the UK and Europe who will give delegates the inside track on how these projects were successfully delivered and how they can apply what was learned to their own decision making.