Century milestone for Japanese knotweed qualification

A national trade body has reached a significant milestone after awarding a key professional qualification for the 100th time. The Property Care Association (PCA) developed the Certificated Surveyor in Japanese Knotweed (CSJK) to provide a recognised standard for the invasive weed control sector. Consultant ecologist Peter Watson has become the Read the full article…

Document archive of building preservation material

Decades of research material documenting the preservation of buildings has been uploaded into a free to view digital document archive. National trade body The Property Care Association (PCA) has created the facility, and already received a range of enquiries from the UK and Europe, reflecting the importance and significance of Read the full article…

Concerns over flood assurance standard

Trade body concerns over flood assurance standard A NATIONAL trade body has raised concerns householders could be misled over the capability of flood protection products being fitted to their properties. People whose homes and businesses were flooded between 1 December and 31 March can apply for a government grant of Read the full article…

Updated Code of Practice for Remedial Timber Treatment

Updated guidance incorporates current thinking on remedial treatment of timber PROPERTY professionals specialising in wood preservation and protection are being pointed to a valuable resource delivering expert technical guidance. National trade body the Property Care Association (PCA) has revised its Code of Practice on the remedial treatment of timber. The Read the full article…

Indoor mould – Trade body to host special seminar

National trade body the Property Care Association (PCA) has secured internationally renowned industrial hygienist Caoimhin Connell for a specialist seminar on indoor mould. ‘Indoor Fungi – An Industrial Hygiene Perspective’ is a one-day programme delivered by Caoimhin, which is relevant to professionals working in environmental health, local authorities and social Read the full article…

BSI Kitemark Installation of Flood Protection

On 15th April 2016 the Property Care Association sent the following open letter to Rory Stewart MP with regard to concerns over the award of the BSI Kitemark to a scheme that accredits the installation of flood protection products.   Open letter sent 15th April 2016: Rory Stewart MP House of Read the full article…

Moisture in buildings is focus of PCA conference

MOISTURE in buildings will be the major focus at a key event for property professionals next month. National trade body the Property Care Association (PCA) stages its annual International Conference at the Møller Centre – within the University of Cambridge – on May 12. The event is renowned among industry Read the full article…

Early sightings of Japanese knotweed reported

February, 2016 Japanese knotweed is growing months ahead of normal in parts of the UK according to a national trade body. Mild winter weather has prompted unusually early sightings of the invasive plant, according to the Property Care Association (PCA). Japanese knotweed, which originated in the Far East, has thrived Read the full article…

Problems with Cavity Wall Insulation

As the lid slowly comes off the ill-conceived but well intentioned Green Deal and Eco schemes, we should try and consider the fallout and potential problems. What does this really mean for those who have been sold the benefit of subsidised cavity wall insulation? Watch our video on this topic: The Background: Read the full article…

TrustMark launch new consumer protection payment service

A new consumer protection service to help homeowners and tradespeople enter into an agreed contractual arrangement when paying for home improvement, repair or maintenance work has been announced today by TrustMark, the only Government-endorsed scheme for all trades in and around the home. The Escrow service is a low cost, Read the full article…

Trade body advice for ‘Condensation Season’

Householders troubled by steamy windows during the ‘condensation season’ are being urged to check-out a free guide from national trade body the Property Care Association. Condensation is a common problem during the autumn and winter months when homes are affected by fogged glass and droplets of water on cold wall Read the full article…