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Building Terms We May Use In Our Reports

Although our Building Reports are written in a laymans easy to read format we may sometimes use words of a technical nature.
This Glossary is provided to help our Clients understand those terms.

Term Main definition
Collar tie

a horizontal piece of timber connecting or bracing two opposite rafters to prevent sagging.


a vertical structural supporting member.

Conditions Conducive to Structural Damage

Noticeable building deficiencies or environmental factors that may contribute to the occurrence of Structural Damage.


A channel or pipe to lead or convey water, wires etc.


a moulding used at the junction of a ceiling and a wall.


waterproof membrane that protects brickwork or masonry from rising damp.


The presence of moisture within the building, which is causing consequential damage to Primary Elements.

Dampness Tests

Means additional attention to the visual examination was given to those accessible areas which the consultant’s experience has shown to be particularly susceptible to damp problems. Instrument testing using electronic moisture detecting meter of those areas and other visible accessible elements of construction showing evidence of dampness was performed.


a deficiency, a want, imperfection, blemish or fault.


an abnormal change of shape of Primary Elements resulting from the application of load(s).


a projecting window from a roof surface.


square or cylindrical tube used to convey water from an eave gutter.

Dry rot

decay in timber caused by fungus growth. Usually formed under badly ventilated floors.


a building where one dwells or lives, a habitation.


areas of land located above or around the equipment used for essential services such as pipes and electrical wires. Government authorities control use of this land.


the overhang at the lower edge of the roof that projects over the wall.


a hollow or cavity made in the ground, usually to receive the foundation of a building.

a board which runs horizontally along the ends of the roof rafters, creating the 'edge' of the roof.
Finishing Elements

The fixtures, fittings and finishes applied or affixed to Primary Elements and Secondary Elements such as baths, water closets, vanity basins, kitchen cupboards, door furniture, window hardware, render, floor and wall tiles, trim or paint. The term ‘Finishing Elements’ does not include furniture or soft floor coverings such as carpet and lino.


items that can be removed from a property without damage, such as ovens, baths and hot water systems

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