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DIG 251 Assessment of damage in low-rise buildings
Discusses the assessment and classification of visible damage resulting from structural distortion. The assessment is based on a description of work considered necessary to repair the building fabric; classification into six categories is recommended, taking into account the nature, location and type of damage. The most common causes of damage are discussed. The various causes of ground movement giving rise to damage are described briefly and emphasis is given to the identification of conditions where the movement might lead to progressive deterioration. The digest will assist building professionals, property valuers and insurance advisors both in putting building damage into its true perspective and in determining necessary action, either in the form of seeking expert advice or in recommending simple repairs.
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