PCA Weekly News - 15th February 2020

In your weekly PCA update this week:

  • Off to a Flying Start with our First Ever Webinar!
  • Property Flood Resilience Code of Practice Launched
  • An Introduction to ‘Paula’s Papers’
  • Best of Luck to our Cohort 7 Apprentices
  • Evolution of Damp Control
  • Japanese knotweed Management – The Challenge
  • Topics on the Agenda for SWG Meeting
  • Convention Records reaches International Heights
  • Evaluating Ventilation in Existing Buildings
  • CABE Regional Conferences
  • In the News

Off to a Flying Start with our First Ever Webinar!

The PCA’s series of webinars for 2020 kicked off with its first one on ‘Avoiding Failures in Podium Deck Waterproofing’. Presented by Ben Hickman, CSSW.LONDON, the webinar saw over 190 people gaining an insight into mitigating failures in podium decks. For any of our members who were unable to join us, or who want to watch it again, the link will be shared next week. For now, check out our Best Practice Guidance Document on Podium Decks and Buried Roofs, via the button below.

**NEXT UP** Japanese knotweed ‘Problem Plant or Just a Weed?’, which takes place on Thursday 26th March. Registration will be open next week and details will follow.

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Property Flood Resilience Code of Practice Launched

The long-awaited Code of Practice for Property Flood Resilience was launched on 10 February 2020, setting out six steps to Flood Resilience. Read the latest Hodgson View where Steve asks, ‘is it any good?’….

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An Introduction to ‘Paula’s Papers’

Over the next few weeks, PCA’s Dr Paula Lopez-Arce will be releasing a set of short papers focussing on salts in porous construction and building materials. There is a distinct lack of well documented, applicable and published case studies dealing with problems of salts in non-historic buildings – these papers will aim to provide a better understanding of the problems which affect the durability of many types of buildings, materials and structures in all kind of climates and weather conditions.

**COMING SOON** The first ‘chapter’ in this series of papers will follow shortly and we will share each of them with members in your Friday email and across social media.

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Best of Luck to our Cohort 7 Apprentices

Today marks the end of Cohort 7’s apprenticeship. They’ve been a fantastic group to work with, to inspire, to train and see developing over these past 18 months. We wish them every success in their career and hope to see them in the future.

Feeling inspired? We’re here to help you invest in your team and get them qualified through an apprenticeship. Contact Jade on 01480 400000 or jade@property-care.org for more information.

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Evolution of Damp Control

Following his presentation on the Evolution of Damp Control at the PCA International Building Preservation Conference last November, Technical Manager James Berry has been asked to extend this into a peer reviewed article for the Journal of Building Survey, Appraisal & Valuation. Produced by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists, this provides your Association with a great platform to share the story of how the industry has evolved – whilst dispelling a few myths too!

Not only is this a great accolade to have been asked to write for the journal, its peer-reviewed content is both intellectually rigorous and of direct relevance to the practice of building surveying, appraisal and valuation. The Journal’s overriding goal is to support the continuing professional development and education of those working in, or entering into the field.

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Japanese knotweed Management – The Challenge

The Law Society have just released their new (4th edition) document TA6 “Property Information Form” in response to the Commons Select Committee report published last summer, to remove/reduce ambiguity relating to the presence or absence of Japanese knotweed.

Technical Manager Peter Fitzsimons discusses the one or two surprises and changes to the form and guidance notes, which can be accessed via the button below.

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Topics on the Agenda for SWG Meeting

The next Structural Waterproofing Group meeting takes place on 5th March. Topics on the agenda will include the update to BS 8102 and the Building Regs and how regulations to cladding on external walls may affect structural waterproofing.

Technical Document Library
Members are reminded that the Technical Document library hosts a number of valuable, useful and relevant codes of practice and best practice guidance documents – all available to you free of charge. These documents are a collaborative effort, created by your Association with input from members, so download them and use them – they are very much yours to use.

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Convention Records Reaches International Heights

Receiving an email from the University of Attica (Athens) this week proved very interesting. It appears that Professor Anastasia Pournou is requesting to use some of the images for her book “Biodeterioration of Wooden Cultural Heritage in Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecosystems”, which will be published at a later date!

Our library of convention documents is available for all members to use, a great wealth of history, knowledge and information is contained here – and it’s incredible to discover how far afield our history and reputation is reaching! We will share Professor Pournou’s book with members once published, but for now, take a trip down memory lane and click through the library via the button below.

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Evaluating Ventilation in Existing Buildings

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.

The course provides delegates with the knowledge and skills necessary to identify and understand ventilation systems 1—4 as defined in approved document F. The day will also cover PIV systems and probable defects that can occur within buildings.

Contact the training team today on 01480 400000 or email jo@property-care.org.

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CABE Regional Conferences

Members are advised of Chartered Association of Building Engineers conferences, taking place across the UK throughout the year. These events showcase the latest topics and developments within the built environment sector, providing members with the opportunity to network with industry experts and gain those all important CPD points too!

Click on the button below to find an event which works for you.

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In the News

Housing Association Magazine have published a full page feature on Retrofit Insulation in their magazine this week (page 44), which has also been shared on their website and across social media.


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