Current methods for the eradication of dry rot (wood decay caused by the fungus Serpula lacrymans) in the built environment are not compatible with the needs of conservation as they require removal of original materials and the incorporation of modern replacements. New, more effective methodologies, such as 'environmental control', have not received wide acceptance as yet, due, in part, to the lack of essential supporting equipment. Using technologies currently used in other fields, e.g. medicine, coupled with novel visualisation strategies, we propose to develop equipment to assist in the use of the new environmental control methods. In addition, we will develop better monitoring systems, which will help to avoid the occurrence of dry rot in the first place. As dry rot is the major cause of timber failure in the built environment, these methods are entirely consistent with the need to conserve historic and architecturally important buildings.
Funding SchemeEAW - Exploratory awards
Gallagh - Clontibret