In your weekly PCA update this week:
- Hodgson View: Damp in Traditional Buildings
- New Legislation for Alien Invasive Species
- Property Flood Resilience Recovery Support Scheme
- Addressing the Future Needs of our Members
- Annual Review Meetings with CITB
- Correction to Subscriptions Discount Date
- Members have their say on a New Building Regs Manual
- Structural Waterproofing Group Meeting
- In the News
Hodgson View: Damp in Traditional Buildings
It appears that since the launch of the methodology into the ‘Investigation of Moisture and its Effects in Traditional Buildings’, a number of organisations and individuals (outside of those who actually contributed) have laid claim to the creation of this document.
Find out what Steve has to say in the latest ‘Hodgson View’….
New Legislation for Alien Invasive Species
The Invasive Alien Species (Enforcement and Permitting) Order 2019 came in to effect on 1st December 2019. The PCA contributed to Defra’s consultation during the summer and is pleased that our thoughts appear to have been taken on board.
We have provided members with a summary, but please be aware this is interim guidance; the final report from Defra has been delayed by the election, so we will follow-up as soon as this is released in early January 2020.
Property Flood Resilience Recovery Support Scheme
Last week saw the publication of the much anticipated Code of Practice for Property Flood Resilience through the back door. The release of the document by CIRIA was part of a suite of documents issued by DEFRA to assist with the take-up and procurement of flood resilience measures, following the flooding events around the country in November.
Flood recovery and the adoption of resilience measures during the repair process is a job for skilled and competent specialists. Members of the PCA flood protection group have the experience to deliver real value and make the most of the opportunity to deliver repairs that will protect buildings in the future.
Addressing the Future Needs of our Members
The needs of our members are always at the forefront when we’re planning our training and development, ensuring we continually provide relevant and interesting opportunities for you and your teams. You will have received your 2020 Training Prospectus, which details all of the training courses for the year ahead and we can confirm that we are looking into running a selection of exciting new events too!
- April 2020 will see a NEW course focusing on defects associated with cavity wall construction
- In the development stages of a course for the ground gas protection sector
- In discussions with the UKCMB to offer a course looking at moisture in buildings
- Following the publication of the joint methodology document into the ‘Investigation of Moisture and its Effects in Traditional Buildings’, we are planning on running training and CPD events in relation to this document
- Currently in the planning stages of new invasive weed courses
To stay up to date with all of these exciting new opportunities contact our training team (firstname.lastname@example.org), or to access all of the 2020 course dates, please click the link below.
Annual Review Meetings with CITB
Earlier this week Steve Hodgson and Jade Stocker attended the PCA’s annual review with CITB. As you are no doubt aware from previous ‘Hodgson View’s’, the PCA and CITB do not always see eye to eye. However, we are delighted that following this meeting, we can confirm:
- Both apprenticeship programmes are secure for the next two years
- Discussions on future plans for increasing funding for our apprenticeships by a further £1,000 per candidate on completion of their NVQ. (This could be a big step in the right direction for some members – we will keep you all updated on this!)
- CITB is now looking at a similar Skills & Training Fund for companies employing over 99 PAYE staff, and with the possibility of larger amounts of funding! (We have requested more information on this)
If you would like further information on our apprenticeship schemes or possible funding opportunities please contact Jade on email@example.com.
Correction to Subscriptions Discount Date
Apologies but the incorrect date for subscriptions payments was given last week. This should have read:
Direct Debit extension
For those members yet to make payment, we can extend the offer of paying by direct debit over the next 9 months if completed direct debit mandate forms are forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Monday 6th January 2020. Please note there will be a 3% collection fee added. Please email Sue if you have any queries.
If making payment online, please ensure you use your invoice number as a reference to enable us to match payments. If you have any queries regarding your subscription, please contact Sue on email@example.com or contact the office on 0844 375 4301.
Members have their say on a New Building Regs Manual
One of the key recommendations from the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety was to reinstate the Manual to the Building Regulations. This week saw the first working group meeting, hosted by Building Regulations, take place at the PCA Head Office. This was a fantastic opportunity for PCA members to comment on the tone, structure and content of the Manual to Building Regulations and provide valuable input into high level regulation.
We would like to thank everyone who attended and contributed. Initial feedback suggests they found our comments very helpful and we will keep you all updated with any news we receive regarding the document.
Structural Waterproofing Group Meeting
Last week we held the final Structural Waterproofing Group (SWG) meeting of 2019. This group has always been extremely well supported and once again it was great to see so many of you there.
One of the main objectives of the SWG has been to push for a review of BS 8102: 2009 Code of Practice for Protection of Below Ground Structures Against Water from the Ground. We are pleased to announce that following a pitch to BSI by Steve Hodgson at the end of November, BSI has agreed to review the document! As the custodians of best practice within the waterproofing industry, the PCA will look to take a strong role, on behalf of members, within the revision of the document. BS 8102 made great strides in improving standards in waterproofing and the hard work now begins on raising the bar even higher.
SAVE THE DATES – 2020 Structural Waterproofing Group meetings are as follows:
- 5th March 2020
- 9th July 2020
- 1st December 2020
In the News
Horticulture Week have published a review on the International Invasive Weed Conference.
UK Construction Blog and Surveyor Link have both covered the launch of the new methodology – ‘Investigation of moisture and its effects in traditional buildings’.
Other recent news or related info
- Launch of New Methodology for Traditional Buildings
- Hodgson View: Damp in Traditional Buildings
- The Verdict! 2019 Building Preservation Conference Review
- Property Care Association in Ireland
- Could you be an expert witness?
- Why attend a regional meeting?
- Hodgson View: CITB is still rubbish but I see Light!
- Illegal sale of pesticides online
- Hodgson View: Is CITB fit for purpose?
- The case for better ventilation
- Hodgson View: Is the CITB delivering a valuable service?
- Free money for training? Yes please
- CITB Skills and Training Fund
- PCA Apprenticeship Scheme
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