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BS 7913:2013

Guide to the conservation of historic buildings

Status : Current   Published : December 2013



BS 7913:2013 Guide to the conservation of historic buildings

BS 7913 describes best practice in the management and treatment of historic buildings. It applies to historic buildings with and without statutory protection. BS 7913 will take you through all stages from initially looking at a building through to the completion of appropriate work. It also guides you with information and sign posts to other resources.

It does not apply to below ground archaeology or any other type of heritage asset such as movable objects or vehicles.

This British Standard replaces BS 7913:1998, which is now withdrawn.

Why should you use BS 7913?

  • To provide background information on the principles and practice of the conservation of historic buildings and sites when setting conservation policy, management strategy, procedures and implementation.
  • To provide professional expertise:  the conservation of historic buildings requires judgement based on an understanding of principles informed by experience and knowledge to be exercised when decisions are made. British Standards that apply to newer buildings might be inappropriate.
  • To balance conflicting pressure: conflicting pressures often need to be balanced to assist good decision making. This standard offer good conservation guidance based on sound research evidence and the use of competent advisors and contractors.

Who should use BS 7913?

This standards is a must have for those that own, use, occupy and manage historic buildings as well as the professional contractors and others employed to work on their behalf and may be used by decision makers and funders.

It will provide general background information on the principles of the conservation of historic buildings and sites, when setting conservation policy, management strategy and procedures for:

  • Building owners
  • Building managers
  • Archaeologists
  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Surveyors
  • Contractors
  • Conservators
  • Planners
  • Conservation officers
  • Local authority building control officers

Contents of BS 7913:

Normative references
Terms and definitions
Heritage values and significance
Using significance as a framework for managing the historic environment
Significance as part of operational care and other interventions
Heritage and project management
Annex A (informative) Conservation accreditation schemes
Annex B (normative) Conservation manuals, logbooks and four/five-yearly inspections
List of figures
Figure 1 – Conservation process
Figure 2 – Magnitude of impact plotted against value

Standard NumberBS 7913:2013
TitleGuide to the conservation of historic buildings
Publication Date31 December 2013
Cross ReferencesBS EN 15898, BS EN 16096, The Ancient Monuments Protection Act, 1882, Town and Country Planning Acts
ReplacesBS 7913:1998
Draft Superseded By13/30248521 DC
DescriptorsBuilding conservation, Buildings, Old, Building maintenance, Maintenance, Repair, Renovation, Conservation, Physical planning, Architectural design, Design, Legislation, Building specifications, Records (documents), Handbooks, Fire safety in buildings, Hazard prevention in buildings, Climatic hazards, Inspection, Contracts, Bibliography, Costs, Taxation
ISBN978 0 580 75778 5
File Size925 KB

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