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PCA Weekly News - 7th December 2019

In your weekly PCA update this week:

  • Another ‘weedy’ great conference!
  • Structural Waterproofing Technical Documents
  • Best Practice Awards – The Winners!
  • Conference Presentations Now Live!
  • Work Continues to Get Knotweed Guidance Updated
  • Paper Submitted for Peer Review
  • 2020 Subscription, Enhanced Listings & CPD Invoices
  • Beat those Winter Blues with PCA Training!

Another ‘weedy’ great conference!!

Judging by all the feedback, this year’s conference really was a great success packed with thought-provoking presentations by industry-leading experts across a wide range of subjects. It goes without saying however, that the conference would not be the success that it is without the continued support and contribution from PCA members! We now have the task of how to make #IIWG2020 even better!

Read the full review from Technical Manager Peter Fitzsimons….

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Structural Waterproofing Technical Documents

One of the key aims of the PCA is to promote best practice and we are extremely proud of the technical documents produced by the structural waterproofing group over the last couple of years. The PCA is continuing to expand its waterproofing technical library with a number of documents currently in production. These documents are:

  • Pumping Station Discharge Guidance
  • Building regulations and Basement Conversions in Residential Dwellings
  • BS 8102 Table 2 White Paper
  • Repairs Systems to Type B Systems

We will update members as and when these documents are available.

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PCA Best Practise Award Winners

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2019 Best Practice Awards and huge congratulations to all of our winners below:

  • Chloe Mealor of Peter Cox – The Graham Coleman Award: Timber & Damp Exams
  • Darren Nolan of Publeu DB Group – Certificated Surveyor in Structural Waterproofing
  • Emily Grant of Environet – Certificated Surveyor in Japanese knotweed
  • Laurie Potter of Anglian Tectonics – Technician of the Year (Damp & Timber)
  • Edward Todd of Walker & Walker Waterproofing – Technician of the Year (Structural Waterproofing)
  • Phillipa Mudd of RPS Europe – Technician of the Year (Japanese knotweed)
  • Tony Robinson of Southern Horticulture – Technician of the Year (Japanese knotweed)
  • Sam Gambrill of Anglian Tectonics – Apprentice of the Year
  • Bryhill Technical Services – Contractor of the Year (Damp & Timber)
  • RLH Developments Ltd – Contractor of the Year (Damp & Timber)
  • Anglia Property Preservation Ltd – Contractor of the Year (Structural Waterproofing)
  • M J Rooney Construction – Contractor of the Year (Structural Waterproofing)
  • PBA Solutions Ltd – Contractor of the Year (Japanese knotweed)
  • Ebsford Environmental Ltd – Contractor of the Year (Japanese knotweed)
  • Richardson & Starling – Innovation Winner
  • Weedtec Ltd – Innovation Highly Commended
  • Safeguard – Sustainability Winner
  • Richardson & Starling – Sustainability Highly Commended
  • River Stewardship Company – Project of the Year Winner
  • Ebsford Environmental Ltd – Project of the Year Highly Commended
  • Rentokil Property Care – Training & Staff Development Winner
  • Richardson & Starling – Training & Staff Development Highly Commended
  • South East Timber & Damp – Website of the Year (Small Company)
  • Japanese Knotweed Ltd – Website of the Year (Medium/Large Company)
  • Rentokil Property Care – Outstanding Customer Service Winner
  • South East Timber & Damp – Outstanding Customer Service Highly Commended
  • Nick Edwards of Guardian Waterproofing -Employee of the Year Winner
  • Simon Dawson of Olympic Construction – Employee of the Year Highly Commended

Check out the pictures via the button link below….

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Conference Presentations Now Live!

The wait is over! If you were unable to attend the Invasive Weed or Building Preservation conferences this year and/or have been waiting to view the presentations from these two events, you can now access them on the website. Simply click on the relevant conference button below.

#IIWC2019 Presentations >> #IBPC2019 Presentations >>

Work Continues to Get Knotweed Guidance Updated

Just a note to let all our IWCG members know that work continues ‘behind the scenes’ to get the RICS Risk categories (and the rest of the Information Paper IP27/2012) updated following the report of the Commons select committee earlier this year. Several meetings have taken place at RICS HQ and a formal Working Group convened, but other RICS projects (partly as a consequence of the Hackett review) have stalled progress in the last few months. We re-convene in early January so hope to be able to report on progress soon.

In a similar vein, we welcomed Mark Diamond of the Environment Agency to our recent open meeting and subsequently responded to his draft research proposal to expand the work on Japanese knotweed impacts in the built environment. This could allow our members to contribute to an improved understanding of the type and scale of impacts JKW causes to properties and otherwise. Again, we will keep you posted!

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Paper Submitted for Peer Review

Following Dr Paula Lopez-Arce’s presentation at “X IAQVEC” conference back in September, the paper presented was selected and we have been invited to submit an extended version to a Special Issue of the Building Simulation Journal. Submitted last Friday, the paper is now under peer review for publication under the topic of Indoor Air Quality and Indoor Pollution Modelling.

To find out more why not click to learn more about the Building Simulation Journal. In a nutshell, their goal is to promote the field of building science and technology. Of particular interest are papers that reflect recent developments and applications of modeling tools and their impact on advances of building science and technology.

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Beat those Winter Blues with PCA Training

Control & Eradication of Japanese knotweed

This comprehensive two-day training course details the background, best practice and requirements involved in the assessment and eradication of Japanese knotweed and other common invasive weed species. This course is the perfect preparation for surveyors who wish to go on to take the Certificated Surveyor in Japanese knotweed (CSJK) examination.

Ground Gas Protection Measures – Getting it Right

You asked, we delivered…. For professionals associated with general ground gas protection who wish to keep up to speed with the requirements of the latest standards, good practice and successful implementation to ensure safe development.

“Good basis and guidance to assist in developing future strategies and developing better standards of design.” (course delegate)

Evaluating Ventilation in Existing Buildings

Condensation and mould are the most common forms of dampness in buildings and it is becoming increasingly essential for anyone that inspects buildings, to understand the significant role that ventilation plays in controlling these issues and how to identify defects in ventilation systems.

Contact the training team today on 0844 375 4301 or email [email protected].

PCA in the News

This week sees the launch of the new methodology investigating damp in traditional buildings featured in Building Construction DesignPBC Today, Premises & Facilities Management, Refurb, 24Housing and Architects Datafile.

The 2019 International Invasive Weed Conference was featured in Horticulture Week and householders were given tips on how to protect their homes on flooding in the Basingstoke Gazette.

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