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- most products and codes of practice, aspire to attain a British Standard
which is a sign of quality. The
British Standards Institute is an independent body incorporated
by Royal Charter. . Standards come in three forms, specifications, codes of practice and guides, and are continually
amended and revised. Reclaimed materials were always excluded from the process, as were tried and tested methods of
traditional construction, to which standards are usually impossible to apply because of the variations that exist.
Most standards do however acknowledge the value of tradition and, a British Standard for conservation practice,
BS7913 BS Guide to the Principles of Building Conservation was eventually introduced in July 1988. Its not
compulsory for a material or practice to comply to a BS unless written into a
contract, when it does provide a
semi-legal status, and they can often be a great help in specifying.
Further information on BS 7913