PCA Weekly News – 17th October 2020

In your weekly PCA update this week: Japanese knotweed Management Overseas – Defra Report New Online Course – Moisture Risks in Buildings Kickstart Scheme – Places still Remaining! Review of BS 8102 – First Formal Meeting to Take Place Green Homes Grant Scheme Article in PBC Today BMI Diagnostic Tool: Read the full article…

Japanese knotweed Management Overseas – Defra Report

The long awaited report, snappily titled “International Approaches to Japanese Knotweed in the Context of Property Sales”, hit my desk last weekend and will have been seen and read by many of our members already. It was commissioned by Defra in response to the Commons Select Committee Report “Japanese knotweed Read the full article…

NEW Online Course – Moisture Risks in Buildings

Research indicates that 80% of building failure is related to moisture. It therefore goes without saying that any building professional should have a basic understanding of the impact that moisture can have on the built environment, and how it can be controlled. There can be many sources of moisture in Read the full article…

PCA Weekly News – 10th October 2020

In your weekly PCA update this week: More Info on our Moisture Diagnostic Tool Our Online Training Offering: 2021 & Beyond! Pre-Treated Wood – How much do you really know? Anglian Water Invasive Species Fund Webinar: Green Homes Grant and “Shallow” Retrofit Property Flood Resilience 2020 Update Handy Covid-19 Flowchart Read the full article…

Pre-treated Wood

Another week and another blog from PCA trainer & honorary member Gervais Sawyer which this time, is on the matter of pre-treated wood. How much do you really know about pre-treated wood? How long can you expect it to last and is it up to standard? Well, read on for more Read the full article…

PCA Weekly News – 3rd October 2020

In your weekly PCA update this week: Ground-breaking Moisture Diagnostic Tool Now LIVE! Green Homes Grant Scheme is Launched Qualifications to be Proud of! PCA Apprenticeship & CITB Funding Webinar: Green Homes Grant and “Shallow” Retrofit HSE’s Construction Health Inspection Initiative Updated Guidance on Face Coverings Training: Safe Use of 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…

NEW Moisture Diagnostic Tool – Now LIVE!

We are delighted to announce that our NEW ground-breaking moisture diagnostic tool, to assess moisture imbalance in homes and buildings, is now live and available exclusively for PCA members. Almost 5 years of research and hard work to get here Our focus and determination on research into producing this tool, Read the full article…

PCA Weekly News – 26th September 2020

In your weekly PCA update this week: Reports & Management Plans – Friend or Foe Supporting the Government’s “Kickstart Scheme” Govt Announces Job Support Scheme Govt Announces Winter Economy Plan Webinar: Green Homes Grant & “Shallow” Retrofit NHS Test & Trace App Missed the Webinar – View the Recording Training: Read the full article…

Supporting the “Kickstart Scheme”

We know the stats for the preservation and construction industry are not great when it comes to recruiting the next generation. And we know that the current pandemic isn’t helping either. But, the good news is that there is help out there for PCA members to provide those vital opportunities Read the full article…

Knotweed Reports & Management Plans – Friend or Foe?

It may seem like stating the obvious, but knotweed survey reports (and subsequent management plans arising from them) are REALLY IMPORTANT! OK, the obvious reason is that they are a description of what knotweed was found, where, what the implications are and what solutions/remedies are available etc., and an opportunity Read the full article…

PCA Weekly News – 19th September 2020

In your weekly PCA update this week: New Ground Gas Code of Practice Bat Roosts and Preservation Works New Online Course! International Research Group Launches New INNS Standard CPD Webinar – For All Sectors of Membership Training: Safe Use of Biocides EA Report into Propert Flood Resilience New Ground Gas Read the full article…

Bat Roots 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…

PCA Weekly News – 12th Sept 2020

In your weekly PCA update this week: Launch of PCA ‘Hub’ for Green Homes Grant Scheme Save energy but not by papering over the cracks EU invasive weed legislation – will Brexit make a difference? Next Webinar – Risks of being an Expert Witness Training: Contracting & Client Relationships New Read the full article…

Save Energy but not by Papering Over the Cracks

When cracks appear in buildings, we should take notice. Small cracks are often ignored, but little cracks can turn into big cracks and ‘heaven help’ anyone who simply tries to cover over or ignores any significant structural defects within their property. As we get closer to the launch of the Read the full article…

PCA Weekly News – 5th September 2020

In your weekly PCA update this week: GHG: An Appeal & Some Help It’s all Greek (and Latin) to me! Next Webinar – Risks of being an Expert Witness Updated Damp Technical Library Paula’s Research takes another step Autumn Regional Meeting Dates New Guidance from Defra for Invasive Plants HSE: Read the full article…

It’s all Greek (and Latin) to me!

Since it is Friday, we thought we would have a little bit of a ‘lighthearted blog’ just to test the memory of all the PCA surveyors out there, complements of PCA trainer & honorary member Gervais Sawyer. For many, sometimes the use of Latin names can get people’s head in Read the full article…

Green Homes Grant – An appeal & some help

The scheme that will see billions of pounds of government and private money feed into measures that aim to create jobs and improve the energy efficiency of homes is just a few weeks away from its proposed launch date. It’s my understanding that homeowners in England will be able to Read the full article…

PCA Weekly News – 29th August 2020

In your weekly PCA update this week: Green Homes Grant: Will we get it RIGHT? Welcome back to Cohort 2 Autumn Regional Meeting Dates Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Training: Defects in Cavity Construction Missed the Webinar? View the Recording Green Homes Grant: Will we get it RIGHT? We think the Read the full article…