Review: PCA Conference 4th May 2017

“Challenges, Changes & Opportunities in Property Care”


“Brilliant! Best speakers yet. All very professional.” [conference delegate]

The 2017 PCA Annual Conference was held at The Slate, Warwick University, Coventry and was attended by 126 delegates.

The full speaker programme featured experts in the fields of property level flood protection, residential surveying, retrofit insulation, indoor air quality and ventilation, timber framed buildings and timber treatment solutions.

Delegates were able to further benefit from the opportunity to network and gain CPD points for attending. Manufacturer members of the PCA were also available to meet and chat to at their interactive stands.

Q&A sessions throughout the day allowed delegates to get fully involved by asking their questions and sharing relevant experiences. A comprehensive panel debate rounded off a busy and thought provoking day.


Programme and Speaker Presentations

Details of the conference programme with links to selected speaker presentations are below. Speaker profiles can be found here.

Session 1: Current & future challenges faced by industry

Phil Parnham, Blue Box partners
Phil talked about how retrofit is changing buildings and the challenges internal, external and cavity wall insulation is throwing up for surveyors.
[Presentation link] “How retrofit is changing and the challenges residential surveyors face”

Nigel Donohue, CIGA
Nigel gave a warranty providers view on cavity wall insulation and looked at the ways in which CIGA are working to improve outcomes for consumers.
[Presentation link] “Retrofit Cavity Wall Insulation – performance, challenges, benefits and perception”

Stephen Hodgson, PCA
Steve will be asking delegates to consider the challenges and opportunities that could soon influence the future of professional timber protection, damp diagnostics and its control.
[Presentation link] “Is the nature of our profession changing?”

Dr Jessica Lamond, Centre for Floods and Communities
Jessica talked about flood resilience in buildings and the steps that should be taken to adopt and recognise effective measures and the importance of promoting and adopting best practice.
[Presentation link] “PLR – adoption, effectiveness & good practice”


Session 2: Ventilation & indoor air quality

Clive Shrubsole, UCL & Bartlett Institute
In the face of legislative and media attention around perceived problems with indoor air quality, Clive took a look at the facts behind the subject and how it relates to indoor air management and ventilation.
[Presentation link] “Challenges faced in relation to indoor air quality and ventilation”

Ian Mawditt, Fourwalls
Ian will look at how we might consider and evaluate existing ventilation provision and what may be required to help deal with the provision of improvement to ventilation in homes.
[Presentation link] “Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality: how we evaluate what is required to deal with the problems”

Fernando Sarce, KTP Associate
Fernando provided an insight into the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) that is now underway with PCA and UCL. He explained its aims and planned outcomes and how the project (funded by PCA and Innovate UK) will deliver knowledge that will be of benefit to many.
[Presentation link] “Knowledge Transfer Partnership”


Session 3: Timber Protection – the next 10 years

Gervais Sawyer, International Wood Products Journal (Editor)
Gervais discussed design and construction problems that have resulted in wood failures in modern buildings.
[Presentation link] “When wood fails: is it design, the execution or the material?” (text only)

Hudson Lambert, PCA Deputy Chairman
Hudson considered regulation and the future of timber treatment in the UK.
[Presentation link] “Regulation and the future of timber treatment in the UK”


Delegate feedback

Delegate feedback highlighted how a PCA conference had once again brought together knowledgeable speakers on topics pertinent to their industry and profession to enable them to expand their knowledge and gain new insights.

Some of the comments from delegates about the conference programme:

“Good mix of topics.”

“Very professional presentations linked together on common subjects.”

“Very good and thought provoking.”

“Brilliant! Best speakers yet. All very professional.”

“An excellent day, very informative and useful.”


Photo Gallery

Images from the day can be viewed in the photo gallery here.