Defects in Cavity Construction Webinar

It is estimated that there are over 27 million homes in the UK of which nearly 20 million are of cavity wall construction. As an industry of property professionals, we will be looking at properties with cavity wall construction on a daily basis. Put simply, it has been the preferred method of construction for the approximately the last 100 years.

So why should you be concerned about inspecting cavity walls? Simply because most have been altered since they were originally built often affecting key components and leading to dampness and structural problems.

In this webinar, James Berry (PCA Technical Manager) reviews some of the mechanisms for cavity construction failure and explores the way we are using them and adapting them to the needs of the 21st century means.

Why should we care? If we don’t, we will simply fail the customers and clients we are trying to serve!  Click to watch the webinar below to find out more…


What you will learn from the webinar

  • Change drivers – what is impacting our cavity walls?
  • Failure mechanisms – Bond defects, water ingress, condensation & poor initial design
  • Cavity wall insulation – the bad side of a good idea
  • How we can better inspect cavity walls for issues
  • How we can better advise our customers/clients

Benefits – Why YOU should watch the webinar

  • Better undertanding cavity wall defects
  • Learn how defects can impact a building investigation & diagnosis and how you can better advise your clients
  • Tips to help you better investigate cavity construction issues
  • Access up-to-date research/information
  • Straightforward online learning while sitting at your desk
  • Improve your expertise

About the presenter – James Berry

James Berry joined the Property Care Association (PCA) as Technical Manager in 2016. As a graduate of the University of Plymouth where he achieved a BSc (Hons) in Applied Geology, James has since worked in the property services industry for the last 15 years working for some of the largest preservation companies in the industry prior to joining the PCA.

As an accomplished presenter and speaker, he holds both the CSRT and CSSW accreditations. He is the lead on the PCA’s Structural Waterproofing and Residential Ventilation Group sectors and is hugely passionate about the need for improving standards within the UK housing stock and the preservation industry.

Additional information about cavity construction

For those looking to find out more about the defects in cavity construction and how to survey and rectify cavity wall issues, we do have an upcoming cavity wall construction training course available.

In addition, there is plenty of professional information and guidance that you can diguest via our PCA Technical Document Library and our professional pages with additional updates and blogs via our news section.

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Other related Information

As the Trade Association for the industry, the Property Care Association offers a variety of webinars, tools and training courses to help you with your professional development. Take a look at some of the options below.

Defects in Cavity Constrution Training Problems with Cavity Insulation Understanding Traditional Building Construction


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