Tips for Social Media

Not everyone enjoys social media, many perceive it as a necessary evil. Whilst still relatively new there can be little dispute that it has fundamentally changed the world we live in. We might not all “get it”, but it is now pretty much embedded in the fabric of everyday life. Read the full article…

Approved Document F – the key changes

There are an estimated 25-27 million homes in the UK and new ones are built at the rate of approximately 180-200,000 per year. The vast majority of ventilation equipment goes into solving ventilation related problems in existing homes, yet most guidance in Approved Document F (means of ventilation) relates to Read the full article…

Conferences & Awards are back!

A fortnight ago we released the programme for this year’s Structural Waterproofing Conference and whilst some of you may have missed it, for us…this was a pretty big deal! The PCA conferences have always also been a bit of a flagship event for the industry where we can showcase best Read the full article…

Air quality and Covid

Fairly early on in the pandemic it was established that ventilation was one of the best measures for controlling the spread of Covid-19. The simple step of ensuring windows were open to help promote higher air exchange, was encouraged. In August 2021, the Department for Education announced that Carbon Dioxide Read the full article…

Making a difference

Last week we had our final webinar of the year and the spotlight this time, was cast onto Buildings & Wildlife. Senior Ecologist Julie Riley did a great job covering what is a very important and complex topic, regarding an area where there is an awful lot of legislation. This Read the full article…

The cost of poor housing in England….

A recent report by BRE (The Building Research Establishment) found that poor housing in England cost the NHS £1.4 Billion per year. This report and particularly this statistic was not missed by the mainstream media. It was featured as the main story on the ITV news last Wednesday. It suggests Read the full article…

Retrofit Internal Wall Insulation: Guide to Best Practice

Last week the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) released its “Retrofit Internal Wall Insulation: Guide to Best Practice”. This was designed to provide guidance for designers, surveyors, project managers and installers about retrofit internal wall insulation. A copy of the document can be found via the button below: Read the full article…

Our housing stock must stand the test of time

A recent study found that homes in England produce more carbon emissions than all of the country’s cars… and are a greater threat to the climate! The study estimated that there are 25 million homes that produce some 58.5 million tons of carbon dioxide a year. This compares to 27 Read the full article…

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…