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PCA Weekly News - 7th May 2022

In your weekly PCA update this week:

  • New 'Test Wall' video
  • BS 8102 at the conference
  • Next LIVE CPD webinar
  • BS 8102 Update course
  • Mental Health Awareness Week
  • Alternative Repair Strategies for Traditional Buildings
  • Pocket book that 'packs a punch'!

New 'Test Wall' video

We introduced you to our new 'Test Wall', which the PCA Technical team have recently built at the Practical Training Centre with the idea of running a number of experiments using an array of tools, to compare and contrast the readings, ease of use, accuracy etc,. Now, we are aware people may have built test walls before. But we are pretty sure no one has recorded real time videos of these experiments and equipment tests on walls like this. We look forward to sharing additional videos with you over the coming weeks and months as we begin the experimentation phase, but for now, you can view the introduction video by clicking on the button below.

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BS 8102 at the conference

For those in the waterproofing sector, we know that the changes to BS 8102 may have been described as 'evolution and not revolution', it is essential for all involved to be fully conversant with the changes. This is why we have devoted an entire session to the changes at the upcoming Structural Waterproofing Conference, as PCA's Technical Manager James discusses in his latest blog... To read more, you can click on the button below.

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Next LIVE CPD webinar

**3 WEEKS** until our next LIVE CPD opportunity, "To pin, or not to pin? Buildings on the move...". Join your Association and Cormac Rooney, MJ Rooney Construction Ltd, on Thursday 26th May 2022 from 9-10am, as he asks, what exactly is underpinning? When would you underpin a building and what happens when it goes wrong? What are the considerations you need to take into account? To find out the answers and to learn much more, you can register by clicking on the button below.... You can register by clicking on the button below....

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New BS 8102 Update Course

We shared  last week that our NEWEST online training course, 'BS 8102:2022 Update Course' is now LIVE - and all for the bargain price of £65 (£55 for PCA members!). Following the recent changes to BS 8102:2022, this structural waterproofing update course is the ideal way for you to get up-to-speed with the changes - and what's more, it will only take 2-3 hours to complete! To find out more and to access the course and applicable discount codes, simply click on the button below...

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Mental Health Awareness Week

You may be aware that Mental Health Awareness Week takes place next week. Mental health problems are all too common in the workplace and we must continue to have open, authentic conversations about mental health and wellbeing in order to support our colleagues. This is more important than ever as we recover from the impact of the pandemic. Your Association has tools available to help you and your teams, including webinars and blogs. To access more information on Mental Health Awareness Week, you can click on the button below...

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Alternative Repair Strategies for Traditional Buildings

Alternative Repair Strategies for Traditional Buildings Date: 8th June 2022 Location: PCA Head Office, Huntingdon Cost: PCA Members - £315 +VAT / Non-members - £365 +VAT >> Need more information on the course - click here This training course is aimed at surveyors who work on traditional buildings and provides a practical insight into how best to restore and repair these structures using traditional means. Learn how traditional buildings differ in their construction and how they require the use of repair strategies that are sympathetic and complimentary to the original structure. Secure your place today! Contact the training team on 01480 400000 or email

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Pocket book that 'packs a punch'!

We extend our congratulations to PCA member Jim Glaister of The Knotweed Company Ltd, whose new book “What you need to know about Japanese knotweed – a UK guide for the non-specialist”, has just been published! Jim gave up many weekends and holidays (and a bit of lockdown time) to bring this to fruition, all whilst holding down a challenging day job surveying invasive weeds! PCA's Technical Manager Peter Fitzsimons says: “This is a pocket book that packs a big punch. It gets right to the heart of issues that homeowners really need to understand, whether they are buying, selling or contemplating the management of Japanese knotweed. Amazingly it covers (almost) everything but in digestible format and detail which is a hard thing to do when you know as much as Jim does!” Copies are available from the publishers, which you can access by clicking on the button below...

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