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Water in Buildings: An Architect’s Guide to Moisture and Mold

Author: William B Rose

Published by: John Wiley & Sons Inc., 2005

ISBN 0 471 46850 9

Although written primarily from an American perspective, this is an outstanding technical introduction, covering the subject from first principles. One of the best books in the field to date, and well written, but it necessarily deals with real science, so can be hard going for people without at least a moderately technical turn of mind.



Damp Buildings Old and New

Authors: Giovanni and Ippolito Massari

Published by: ICCROM, 1993

ISBN 92 9077 111 9

Famous textbook on the subject published by UNESCO’s International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property, where Massari Snr. taught for many years. Very useful technical overview, although it concentrates on Italian precedents which do not always fully apply in the UK – especially in very exposed environments. Usefully pithy about supposed techniques which physically cannot work.



Historic Buildings: Damp, rot and insect attack

Published by: New Forest District Council, 1998
Area covered: South East
Associated website:

Provides information on the types of damage caused and possible solutions,


The Control of Damp in Old Buildings

by Andrew Thomas, Gilbert Williams and Nicola Ashurst
Published by: SPAB

There are various forms of decay which commonly afflict the fabric of old buildings. Most of these can be attributed to the presence of excessive dampness.