Housing Associations are in the spotlight again!

Last week ITN News released a story regarding an increase in the number of complaints (to the housing ombudsman) about Housing Associations, which have risen by 35% in the last three years – from 5,409 in 2018/2019, to 7,316 in 2020/21. Unfortunately news stories like this aren’t uncommon, but currently Read the full article…

Doorstep traders & damp scams

A few months back I wrote about my experience when a ‘door to door’ salesman came knocking to let me know I was applicable for a grant to install cavity wall insulation in my home. As much as the above was more ‘pushy door-to-door sales‘, this week a scam has been Read the full article…

Waterproofing treatments & cavity wall insulation

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has published an interesting report into the prospect of using waterproofing products to allow cavity wall insulation to be installed in properties in areas exposed to wind driven rain. The report is based on a study by Building Research Establishment (BRE) Read the full article…

Ventilation – has the penny dropped yet?

Dare we say that we told you so…!?!?! For those that may recall, we wrote a number of articles/blogs last year expressing our concerns about how 2020 seemed to bring the perfect conditions for a pandemic of mouldy homes with a cold and seemingly longer winter, where everyone had to Read the full article…

The unsung heroes in the waterproofing world

So this is an article about the unsung heroes of the structural waterproofing industry, those that get their hands dirty, those with steel toe capped boots and hi-vis jackets. But to be even more specific, the experienced waterproofing technicians that have helped put into practice the critical waterproofing design countless Read the full article…

A warning to all PCA members!

A couple of weeks ago a story hit the national headlines where a homeowner had been left footing the bill of over £250,000, when a part of their house collapsed during a loft conversion. The family were in the home at the time and two members of the family were Read the full article…

Our Opinion on the Future Buildings Consultation

Earlier this week we held our first Spring Regional Meeting for 2021 and we were delighted to welcome representatives from Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) to discuss the draft proposal for the revision to Approved Document F (ADF) – means of ventilation of the building regulations. This Read the full article…

Are consumers being led up the garden path?

It’s funny how things work out! Whilst giving thought to possible topics for a blog for your weekly email, my doorbell rang. I opened the door to a reasonably dressed salesperson and whilst they did have a face mask on, my initial reaction was complete shock that in the midst Read the full article…

Now things have got ridiculous!

A couple of weeks ago we informed you that a revised version of Approved Document F had been released for consultation. This release included a new section on existing buildings which we had been patiently waiting for almost a year. My initial reaction to the document was positive, but then Read the full article…

Addressing the Needs of a Property

We have talked about the Green Homes Grant Scheme A LOT recently…but for good reason! Now that homeowners are beginning to take steps towards home improvements with this grant, it is vital to keep reminding them to be cautious. The timeframe to access the grant and complete the works, highlights Read the full article…

Qualifications to be proud of

The qualifications we as a Trade Association offer have evolved a huge amount, especially over the last few years. It is over two years ago since we relaunched our preservation qualification, now known as the Certificated Surveyor in Timber and Dampness in Buildings (CSTDB). This is now the qualification that Read the full article…

Bat Roosts and Preservation Works

The inspiration for this blog is quite literally, much closer to home than most other blogs! During some proposed renovation works to weatherboarding on the front elevation of my house, it has become apparent that we have bats roosting behind. All of our members will be aware that bats and Read the full article…

Illegal internet sales of pesticides

Earlier this year the BPCA (British Pest Control Association) and the CPA (Crop Protection Association) announced that they had been in collaboration with eBay to prevent the illegal internet sales of Pesticides. The collaboration was the result of two years work and they have now set up a route to Read the full article…