New RICS Japanese Knotweed Guidance – how does it change the way we assess risk?

With the publication of new Guidance by RICS “Japanese knotweed and residential property” now released, we’ll look at what exactly has changed and show how it will impact surveyors and other property & construction professionals. We’ll ask ‘Will it be welcomed by lenders?’ and ‘Does it keep knotweed ‘in-the frame’ as a material risk factor for valuation processes?’

We’d like to thank the following companies for providing images and drawings to help with this webinar presentation: Phlorum Ltd, The Knotweed Company Ltd and Japanese Knotweed Ltd.

To find out more, click on the video below and watch Dr Peter Fitzsimons discuss the new RICS guidance and the supporting/corresponding PCA Guidance that helps valuers navigate the survey process


What you will learn from the video

  • A look at the first 10 years experience with RICS Risk Categories
  • 2022 Guidance – what has changed? Transition from ‘Risk’ to ‘Management’ Categories
  • What must a valuation surveyor do?
  • How will the new classification scheme impact on Knotweed Management?
  • Can the same principles be applied to Bamboo etc?

Benefits – Why YOU should watch the video

  • Keep up-to-date with RICS ‘best practice’ guidance
  • Stay at the forefront of industry developments
  • Ensure that you are aware of current guidelines on knotweed impact & property valuations
  • Access up-to-date research/information
  • Straightforward online learning (CPD) while sitting at your desk
  • Improve your knowledge and understanding of invasive species management

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About the presenter – Dr Peter Fitzsimons

Peter joined the Property Care Association as Technical Manager for the Invasive Weed sector in April 2018. He studied Botany at University College London (he won’t say when, it was a long time go!) followed by 9 years research in Dundee & Nottingham, working on various aspects of plant cell growth regulation.

His research interests took him into the construction chemicals industry where he spent 20 years as Technical Manager/Director. About 12 years ago, his particular interest in wood preservation lead him to join BASF, then Rütgers Organics GmbH, giving him a broader insight into European biocide markets.

Today, Peter represents the PCA on all matters relating to invasive weed control. He is actively involved in keeping the Invasive Weed Technical library up-to-date. Also liaising with external stakeholders, providing input to standards development within the construction sector and with Government agencies.

The New Japanese Knotweed Guidance Documents

Japanese Knotweed - Guidance for Professional Valuers & Surveyors - PCA


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RICS Japanese Knotweed & Residential Property Guidance Note


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Additional Information about Japanese knotweed

For those looking to find out more about Japanese knotweed and other associated Invasive Weeds, click on the button below to view the PCA’s Invasive Weed Library where you will find a variety of Technical Guidance documents and Codes of Practice.

In addition, for all the latest updates regarding Japanese Knotweed and other associated invasive weeds, keep an eye on the PCA News Section.

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The PCA’s ongoing drive for best practice

Ongoing professional development is a key remit of the Property Care Association to drive forward best practice in the specialised invasive weed industry.

Working with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) – supported by the Council of Mortgage Lenders and The Building Societies Association – the Property Care Association set up the Invasive Weed Control Group in back in 2012 which is still going strong today.

Over the years, the group has provided guidance and expertise to all who manage invasive weeds offering high levels of technical knowledge and practical skill. To find out more, click to view the video:

Our ‘on-demand’ webinar/video library

We now have quite an extensive library of previous webinars ‘on-demand‘ for anyone interested in developing their knowledge and understanding on a variety of subjects such as damp, structural waterproofing, invasive weed control, ground gas and many more!

Simply get yourself a cup of tea and a biscuit and click on the button below to view the library and watch any of our previous CPD webinars.

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