A closer look at Reece Wood’s new book ‘A Unique Guide on How to Restore & Protect the External Building Fabric’

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A quick reference guide written by Building Transformation’s Senior Consultant that gives you instant clarity for any modern building cleaning or heritage building restoration project.

“I wanted to give clients simple and quick reference information to help protect them from bad practice, abrasive building cleaning methods or having the wool pulled over their eyes."

Commercial property specialists, building owners, facilities managers and architects are constantly looking for trusted information that will ensure that the correct building cleaning methods, restoration procedures and protective coatings solutions are used. However, during that search they can sometimes be bombarded by a variety of recommendations and so-called ‘solutions’. In his new book ‘A Unique Guide on How to Restore & Protect the External Building Façade’, Reece Wood hopes to expel some of the myths and mysteries that surround façade cleaning.

Building cleaning or specialist façade restoration service providers may only recommend a solution that suits their skills or the equipment they have, not necessarily one that will provide the best solution for the long-term integrity of the building.

The impact of incorrect building cleaning method selection not only puts the building at risk, but also the building owner or contractor delivering the work. The risks associated with chemical building cleaning for example are often not fully understood, as the need for waste management and surface neutralisation has a large part to play in the process.

This book has been written to create greater clarity for clients, so they can make independent decisions that are best for their building cleaning/restoration projects. All the information, solutions, strategies and content inside the book has been created from over 15 years of surveying, inspecting, testing and delivering a wide variety of building cleaning projects on a variety of commercial and heritage based properties.

Alongside the technical information are case studies with successful proven strategies, and a helpful best practice matrix along with other supporting information that will ensure a client selects the most suitable building cleaning or façade restoration service provider for the project.

“I wanted to give clients simple and quick reference information to help protect them from bad practice, abrasive building cleaning methods or having the wool pulled over their eyes. I feel it will also help clients build a greater sense of value for the time and effort needed to deliver a successful building restoration project,” says Reece.

Reece’s holistic approach means that it is not always focussed on the cheapest cost; the content of the book is designed to ensure buildings are cleaned and treated with integrity, not short-term abrasive building cleaning solutions.

The content inside this book is aimed at supporting commercial property specialists throughout the process of best building cleaning method selection, highlighting the associated risks with delivering such a project and strategies that will protect the façade and increase the property owner’s/manager’s ROI in the future.

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Reece Wood
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since: 09/2013
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