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PCA Weekly News - 13th August 2022

In your weekly PCA update this week:

  • Have you booked your place at the conference?
  • Hodgson View: Domestic retrofit & the low carbon revolution
  • Next LIVE Webinar - Invasive Weed Management: are we winning?
  • Japanese knotweed & hot weather
  • Surveyor Training: Damp & Timber
  • New Member Welcome
  • Safe work in confined spaces
  • The PCA is recruiting!

Have you booked your place at the Conference?

With just 40 days until the ‘2022 International Property Care Conference’, the question is... have you booked your ticket yet?! This years programme will provide members with a fantastic opportunity to learn from and engage with the very best in the industry, including speakers such as:

  • Alan Park, Housing Ombudsman Service who will be discussing the impacts of the Ombudsman Report (October 2021). How building professionals must do better for their tenants, the improvements that are needed in the approach to managing damp in tenanted properties and the misplaced assertion that tenants can be blamed for the dampness in their homes.
  • The RICS, in collaboration with Historic England and PCA, will publicly launch the highly significant and much anticipated joint statement: 'Investigation of moisture and its effects on traditional buildings - Principles and competencies'. Presented by Dr Duncan Philips (RICS), Historic England & James Berry (PCA), this unique initiative promises to be the start of a new era for moisture diagnostics. It will see industry, surveying and heritage collaborate and agree (where previously they have been divided) on the skill and knowledge required for damp detection in traditional buildings.

And that's not all! We have a packed programme full of incredible speakers and over the next couple of weeks, we will be sharing details on each of them and what their presentation will focus on.

To find out more and to book your place, simply click on the button below or contact Sue Uttridge on 01480 400001 /

More info & online booking >>

Hodgson View: Domestic retrofit & the low carbon revolution

Members may or may not be aware that CEO Steve Hodgson has been completing Level 5 Retrofit Coordination training with The Retrofit Academy over the past six months. In his latest 'Hodgson View' he explains why he enrolled onto this course and asks what role the PCA and our members will play in domestic retrofit and the low carbon revolution.....

To read more, members can click on the button below.

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Next LIVE Webinar - Invasive Weed Management

Are we winning the battle when it comes to non-native invasive plants and invasive weed management? Join us and your Technical Manager Peter Fitzsimons for our next LIVE webinar, as he discusses what we have learned over the years, what we still don't know and what role new legislation will play to help better control invasive weeds.

To find out the answers and more, we hope you can join us between 9-10am on 25th August 2022...

Click for more info >>

Japanese knotweed & hot weather

Most areas of the UK are experiencing drought conditions and heatwaves, so it is useful for our invasive weed members to be aware of the special challenges this poses for effective Japanese knotweed control.

Many of you will know that heat and water-stressed plants are less susceptible to herbicide treatments, but other than re-scheduling visits, there is not much you can do. However, there are some helpful articles which members can access via the button below, highlighting the challenges posed by hot weather...

Crop Science Article >>

No-Till Farmer Article >>

Surveyor Training: Damp & Timber

Surveying Timber & Dampness in Buildings
- Date: 23rd-25th August
- Location: PCA Head Office
- Cost: £520 +VAT (Members) / £620 +VAT (Non-Members)

This 3-day course is a great opportunity for those in the sector to enhance and expand their knowledge, and is designed for those already involved or who wish to become involved in the surveying of timber infestation/decay and dampness in buildings. The course is divided into three one-day modules: Condensation & Dampness (causes, diagnostics & treatment options), Timber (biology, decay and insects) and Legal Aspects, Survey Methodology & Report Writing.

Contact the training team and book your place today, on 01480 400000 or email

More about the training >>

Welcome to our new member

We are pleased to welcome the following company into the Association:

Sanctus Ltd (Provisional Status - Invasive Weed Sector)

Safe work in Confined Spaces

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has an approved Code of Practice for Safe Working in Confined Spaces. This publication, which explains the definition, gives examples and could help members to put precautions in place for work to be carried out safely.

Click on the button below to access the guidance...

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The PCA is recruiting!

The success and continued growth of the Association and the decision of Peter Fitzsimons, Technical Manager for Invasive Weeds, to phase in his retirement, means we are now looking for an enthusiastic and energetic candidate to strengthen our technical team. Could this be you?

To find out more about what the role entails, click on the button below. Alternatively, contact Sue on 400000

Click to view >>

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