PCA Conference excess moisture in buildings

International Residential Ventilation and Building

Preservation Conference

14th – 15th June 2018

The Slate, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7SH

A unique two-day event which will bring together a national and international perspective to investigate a major issue currently affecting UK properties – excess moisture in buildings.

Day 1 – Residential Ventilation
The agenda for the first day includes an insight into residential ventilation, which is critically important to tackle issues with a new generation of humid homes.

Day 2 – Preservation in buildings
The second day looks at preservation in buildings, including defects in cavity wall insulation, the specification of pre-treated timber and an overview of the threats from emerging insects to timber in UK construction.

Speakers and panellists include representatives from the University College London Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering (UCL IEDE), RICS, UK Centre for Moisture in Buildings and Bangor University. Dr Fernando Sarce-Thomann from Universidad Mayor in Chile will give an international perspective on acceptable limits of moisture in homes.

Meet the speakers by CLICKING HERE.

The conference is open to all – both PCA members and non-members alike.

Booking Form: PCA Members Booking form: Non PCA Members


Conference Programme

Day 1: Residential Ventilation

Session 1: “A new generation of humid homes?”

Dr Fernando Sarce Thomann, Associate Professor at Universidad Mayor, Temuco, Chile
Topic:  Moisture in buildings and acceptable limits

Anna Mavrogianni, Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Building and Urban Design at UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering
Topic:  Overheating in buildings, causes and cures

Dr Paula Lopez-Arce, KTP Associate, Property Care Association
Topic:  Environmental monitoring, data collection and KTP update

Andy Mudie, Marketing & Business Operations Director, Nuaire
Topic: Improving air quality in existing dwellings


Session 2: “Challenges facing housing providers”

Tanya Eldridge, Independent Mould & Damp Specialist
Topic:  Communication – Tenants, Local Authorities and Housing Providers

Topic: The challenges and issues of residential ventilation for housing providers


Session 3: “Setting the standards”

John Bradley, EG Building Services
Topic:  Overview on regulations and guidance applicable to providing ventilation in existing homes and the case for a new “Approved Document F1B – Ventilation of Existing Dwellings”

Paul Collins, Communications Manager, Certsure LLP
Topic:  Overview of the requirements to join NICEIC’s Competent Persons Scheme for Ventilation Systems

Richard Woodward FIFireE, Fire Risk Management Services (UK) Ltd
Topic: Fire safety measures to be considered when installing ventilation systems in existing buildings (including: Fire Safety Order 2005, importance of compartmentation in buildings, Approved Document B – Fire Safety)

Luke Smith, Head of Business Development, Build Test Solutions Ltd
Topic: Innovative low pressure pulse test to assess ventilation needs


Day 2: Preservation in Buildings

Session 1: “Understanding the challenges”

Dr Les Sellers
Topic: Rising damp evaluation and treatment: a quasi-experimental case study

Stephen Hodgson, CEO, Property Care Association
Topic:  Defects in cavity construction

Dr Paula Lopez-Arce, KTP Associate, Property Care Association
Topic:  Salts in porous materials

Dr Hector Altamirano-Medina, UK Centre for Moisture in Buildings (UKCMB)
Topic:  UKCMB – progress and goals


Session 2: “Building in resilience”

Dr Simon Curling, Research Scientist, Biocomposites Centre, Bangor University
Topic:  Does combining biobased building materials with timber based construction elements have an effect on biological durability?

Gordon Ewbank, Wood Protection Association
Topic:  How to specify, source and use pre-treated timber correctly

Richard Lomax, Health & Safety Executive
Topic: Wood preservatives and other biocides – authorisation in the UK

Hudson Lambert, Safeguard Europe
Topic: Launch of Pesticides Register


Session 3: “What does the future hold?”

Nicholas Donnithorne, UK Technical Services Manager, Rentokil
Topic:  Emerging insect threats to timber in UK construction

Ann Dorte Pørneki, HouseTest ApS, Denmark
Topic:  The use of DNA testing in mould investigations

Download: Conference Programme with timings


Delegate prices:

PCA Members
1 day: £100 +VAT
Both days: £200 +VAT

Non PCA Members
1 day: £150 +VAT
Both days: £300 +VAT


Book your place today

Simply complete the relevant form below and return your form by e-mail to ‘Sue@property-care.org’ or by post to the PCA offices in Huntingdon.

Booking Form: PCA Members


Booking form: Non PCA Members



Rooms are available on a B&B basis onsite at a preferential rate for conference delegates. Rooms can be booked using the conference booking form at the same time as you book your conference tickets.
Please note: a limited number of rooms are available.


Mid-conference Dinner

On the evening of 14th June 2018 there will be mid-conference dinner providing delegates with the opportunity for some informal networking. The dinner will be held on site at the University of Warwick and will cost £27.50 +VAT. Places can be booked using the conference booking form.