PCA Weekly News - 4th June 2021

In your weekly PCA update this week:

  • The need to uphold the standards of membership
  • Presenting new insights
  • Technical Document Library Updates
  • Building materials in short supply
  • PR coverage across Invasive Species Week
  • Level 4 NVQ: Verification of Ground Gas Protection Systems
  • New Online Structural Waterproofing course!
  • Next Webinar: Wood destroying fungi
  • Ground Gas Protection: Installation & Verification

The need to uphold the standards of membership

The PCA has good members who willingly embrace and promote the rules of membership, which are set out and agreed by all involved. The PCA’s Executive Team has a duty to uphold the standards, but occasionally a member seems either incapable or unwilling to abide by the rules and has to be removed from the Association….

Sadly this was the case last week. To find out more about who that PCA member was and to read PCA’s CEO’s thoughts on it, click on the button below.

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Presenting new insights

‘Can Positive Input Ventilation (PIV) tackle surface condensation?’ This question certainly sparked some great discussion at the last PCA Residential Ventilation Group (RVG) meeting as we continue to invest in research and development. PCA members know that indoor air quality may be greatly improved with PIV and given the scarce number of technical documents and scientific evidence on the efficacy of PIV systems, Head of PCA Research Paula Lopez-Arce is investigating this further.

Paula will present some new insights and constructive results of monitoring buildings with data loggers, and data processed through the new ‘Building Moisture Index’ (BMI) system to the scientific community in the coming weeks.

We will keep you informed of the progress, but in the meantime, please contact Paula (paula@property-care.org) if you have any comments or scientific evidence that you would like to share.


Technical Document Library Updates

The Technical Document Library on the PCA website has been updated recently with the addition of two new guidance documents as follows:

  • Japanese Knotweed Site Survey Reports & Management Plans
  • Positive Input Ventilation (PIV) Systems – Issue 3 (updated)

These documents and the full extensive library is available for you to access. You can readily download the documents you need to adhere to industry standards and best practice. To view, simply click on the button below.

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Building materials in short supply

PCA Members and many propert/construction professionals alike may have read about the ongoing issues with the shortage of building materials and that levels of demand are unprecedented both in the UK and globally. New rules for transporting goods has intensified the problem and the Office for National Statistics has also indicated a price rise of around 7-8% for building materials and other items such as timber could double in price!

This will be affecting many to a certain degree and has sparked a statement from the Builders Merchants Federation and Construction Products Association. To read more about what they have to say, you can click on the button below….

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PR coverage across Invasive Species Week

We had an explosive amount of press coverage throughout Invasive Species Week in the following publications:

Eastwood & Kimberley Advertiser, Hucknall Dispatch, The Shields Gazette, Harrow Times – Hillingdon & Uxbridge Times Bureau & The Sentinel (Stoke).

Whilst many of these publications are local press, the opportunity to create awareness and educate homeowners on invasive species was fully embraced by the press which is pleasing to see.


Level 4 NVQ: Verification of Ground Gas Protection Systems

The PCA has been the administrator of the Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Verification of Ground Gas Protection Systems qualification since 2018. We worked hard to ensure that by achieving this qualification, verifiers could apply for a relevant CSCS card displaying their sector of work where previously this was not possible. For contractor members this is something to be aware of when using verifiers.

If you are looking to expand your professional development, gain a relevant qualification or just need further information, contact Jade Stocker today to talk through your options on jade@property-care.org / 01480 400000.

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New Online Structural Waterproofing course!

For those who might have missed our announcement last week, our NEW Online Surveyor Training in Structural Waterproofing is NOW LIVE!!!! 

We are delighted to be able to offer this course in an alternative and convenient format. This course not only adds to our growing online training portfolio, but also includes additional content and increased learning time to provide a completely immersive learning experience for all involved in the design, planning and installation of any structural waterproofing project below ground.

Contact the training team today for more information on 01480 400000.

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Next Webinar: Wood Destroying Fungi in Buildings

**3 WEEKS TO GO** until our next LIVE webinar! Join PCA’s Steve Hodgson on Thursday 24th June 2021 from 9-10am as he discusses the common forms of fungal decay affecting buildings and how types of fungi such as dry rot and wet rot become established, spread, and degrade our homes and buildings…

To join, simply click on the button below.

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Ground Gas Protection: Installation & Verification

Ground Gas Protection: Installation & Verification
Date:13th July 2021
Location: PCA Training Centre, Huntingdon
Cost: Members £305 +VAT / Non-members £355 +VAT
>> Need more information on the course – click here

Following our webinar this week, this one-day workshop will provide candidates with the opportunity to be hands-on with around 15 common terrestrial invasive species in the UK. And what’s more, provide that all important knowledge and understanding of the Invasive Species listed in Schedule 9.

Contact the training team today on 01480 400000, or email amber@property-care.org.

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