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PCA Weekly News - 26th June 2021

In your weekly PCA update this week:

  • RICS launch Public Consultation Document
  • Damp scams raise their ugly head again
  • Urging householders to be vigilant to woodworm
  • Next Webinar: Building Regs for Basement Conversions
  • Missed the Webinar? View the Recording!
  • Ground Gas Protection: Installation & Verification
  • GPI/Kinnell Group sold

RICS launch Public Consultation Document

Following the Commons Select Committee report on Japanese knotweed (2019), RICS have now published their new draft Guidance Note – “Japanese knotweed and Residential Property”. This is a public consultation document with a deadline for responses of 3rd August.

The PCA will respond and we anticipate many of of our PCA members you will do so too. In order to assist, we are planning to hold an ‘Invasive Weed Control Group Meeting’ in mid-July to gather views and opinions and discuss the possible impact on day-to-day surveying activities. If you are a PCA member, we would be pleased to receive any and all comments in the meantime to help us prepare for the Meeting. Please send to

The PCA Guidance Note, which is intended to run alongside the RICS document, is now available in our Technical Document Library, via the button below. This is also a ‘draft’ until the Consultation is complete and the RICS finalise their text for publication.

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Damp scams raise their ugly head again

For many of our damp & timber PCA members, damp scams will not be news to you. This week, a scam has been brought to the PCA’s attention offering a “FREE survey to find out if your loft insulation is causing damp issues.”

Suffice to say, PCA’s Technical Manager James Berry had a thing or two to say about it! To find out more, click on the button below.

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Urging householders to be vigilant to woodworm

As this is the time of the year where woodworm larvae start to bore through timber, we are urging homeowners to be vigilant and all PCA members to help share out some timely advice and help homeowners become aware to the possible presence of a woodworm infestation.

At the PCA, we have created a blog with ‘hints & tips’ to help homeowners identify whether they might have an issue.  To view and share, click on the button below.

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Next Webinar: Building Regs for Basement Conversions

Our next LIVE webinar is now open for registration. This time, we switch back to looking at waterproofing as we discuss ‘Building regulations for Basement Conversions‘. In particular…when it comes to basement conversions, how do building regulations affect basement conversions and when do they become applicable?

To find out more, come and join us on Thursday 22nd July.

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Missed the Latest Webinar? View the Recording!

Thank you to all who joined our ‘Wood Destroying fungi in Buildings‘ webinar on Thursday morning as PCA’s CEO Steve Hodgson discussed 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…

For those who might have missed it, you can alway watch the recording at your leisure by simply clicking on the button below.

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Ground Gas Protection: Installation & Verification

Contracting & Client Relationship Workshop
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

This is a highly practical one day workshop which takes a look at best practice and the latest CIRIA C735 guidance on the verification of gas protection. It is designed for on-site technicians who wish to keep up to speed with the requirements of good membrane installation practice and gain an understanding of the verification process.

Contact the training team today on 01480 400000, or email

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GPI/Kinnell Group sold

For our PCA Membersw, we need to advise that GPI Ltd (part of the Kinnell Group and our preferred provider of insurance backed guarantees) has been sold to the American insurance company, Accelerant Holdings. At the moment there is no difference in their service offering, but we will of course update PCA members should there be any change in the near future.

PCA Members can read more about the acquisition via the full press release by clicking on the button below.

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