PCA Weekly News – 7th November 2020

In your weekly PCA update this week: Future Challenges for Japanese knotweed Management Furlough Scheme Extended Until March 2021 CEO’s First Podcast with The Surveyors Hub New Online Training: UKCMB Course EPPO Publishes Giant Hogweed Guidance Biodeterioration of Wooden Cultural Heritage Missed the Webinar? Watch the Replay Future Challenges for Read the full article…

Japanese Knotweed – Future Challenges

After a short break we are back to complete our trilogy of commentaries on the long-awaited report Japanese Knotweed Management Overseas. Commissioned by Defra and conducted by independent consultants Risk Policy Analysts (and others), this report adds to our understanding of Japanese knotweed management outside the UK and has delivered Read the full article…

PCA Weekly News – 31st October 2020

In your weekly PCA update this week: What’s the PCA Team been up to? Coming Soon…Surveyors Hub Podcast Invitation to Submit Abstract for ICMB21 Are your Technicians NVQ Qualified in Damp & Timber? Amenity Forum’s Conference – Key Message! Are you ready for an HSE Safety Spot Check? Alternative Repair Read the full article…

What the PCA Team has been up to!

Its been a while since we last published an overview post and with so much happening so quickly over 2020, we thought it was time to update you on what has been, and will be going on within the Property Care Association. A small recap… There is no denying that Read the full article…

PCA Weekly News – 24th October 2020

In your weekly PCA update this week: Addressing the Needs of a Property New Defra Report – Tackling the Questions Site Operating Procedures – Version 6 Job Support Scheme (JSS) – Helpful Factsheet Webinar: Green Homes Grant and “Shallow” Retrofit Technicians Training: Japanese knotweed New Members Addressing the needs of Read the full article…

Addressing the Needs of a Property

We have talked about the Green Homes Grant Scheme A LOT recently…but for good reason! Now that homeowners are beginning to take steps towards home improvements with this grant, it is vital to keep reminding them to be cautious. The timeframe to access the grant and complete the works, highlights Read the full article…

Managing Japanese knotweed – Can we do even better?

We reported last week in our blog ‘Japanese knotweed Management Overseas – Defra Report’ on Defra’s independently commissioned report “Management of Japanese knotweed Overseas”. The clear message was that the UK’s approach to knotweed was essentially justified (it really is a uniquely difficult and environmentally damaging weed) and proportionate. However, Read the full article…

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 Roosts 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…