PCA Weekly News - 21st November 2020

In your weekly PCA update this week:

  • Possibly, the Mouldiest Christmas on Record!
  • Scottish Level 4 COVID Restrictions Now Started
  • PCA presents at fully Online Surveyors Conference
  • PCA Awards Update
  • Paula Presents – View her Presentation
  • 1 Week to Go – Controlling Ground Gases & Water
  • Online Training: We need YOUR help!
  • Something to Consider – Hosting an Online Xmas Party

Possibly, the Mouldiest Christmas on Record!

Do we have cause for concern? With many under a Covid lockdown, is it simply inevitable as we hit winter and the run up to Christmas, the result will be mould, condensation and poor air quality in many homes?

Is the ripple effect of many having to stay at home ‘possibly’ making many unhealthy in non-Covid ways? Should the Government be starting a campaign of public information to highlight the need to maintain a healthy home environment? Steve Hodgson shares his view in the latest ‘Hodgson View’. Click on the button below to read more.

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Scottish Level 4 COVID Restrictions Now Started

For all our Scottish PCA members working in areas within Central and West of Scotland, many areas as of 6pm yesterday (Friday 20th) are under Scottish Level 4 Covid Restrictions. This means if you are a PCA member living and working in these areas, you can no longer work in peoples homes unless the work that you are carrying out is essential work and maintenance that would otherwise threaten the household’s health and safety.

We appreciate that for our PCA members within these areas, it’s another terrible impact on your business. We just want to let you know (and for all our PCA members out there too) your Association is here to help if we can…even if it is just for a simple chat via the phone.

To find out more about the Scottish level 4 restrictions and what you can, and cannot do, click on the button below.

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PCA presents at fully Online Surveyors Conference

Steve Hodgson reports back on his recent experience representing PCA members within the first of our speaker opportunities at the fully online surveyors conference titled: “Current Residential Property Issues 2020

The presentation emphasised the benefits of having a detailed understanding of moisture imbalance, the challenges that face specialists who investigate dampness and the emerging challenges of diagnosing defects.

To find out more about it, click on the button below.

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PCA Awards Update

As many of our members are aware, we have not been able to hold any of our Annual Conferences or our Best Practice Awards this year, which has been a great disappointment to both members and the Association. However, this year it is important that we announce the winners of the following annual awards:

  • Students of the Year Award
  • Contractors of the Year Award

As limited as we have been in terms of celebrating the great achievements of our members for the past 12 months due to COVID, we are delighted to present these awards during such challenging times.

Look out for news regarding the winners coming soon…


Paula Presents – View her Presentation

Last week, we reported to you about your Research Scientist Paula Lopez-Arce presenting at the UK Centre for Moisture in Building’s (UKCMB) “PROT3CT” event as part of a project on “processes for sustainable retrofit of traditional dwellings in Turkey”.

Her presentation titled: ‘Field and laboratory measuring & monitoring to ensure resilience of heritage structures’ featured research that the PCA has been involved in over the past couple of years as well as the development our newly launched Building Moisture Index (BMI) Diagnostic Tool.

For anyone that is interested in listening to what Paula had to say, click on the button below. It will lead you to a video with the whole conference presentation, but simply fast forward to 19mins in to see Paula.

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1 Week to Go – Controlling Ground Gases & Water

Our next and last webinar for 2020 is only 1 week away. This time, it’s all about “Controlling Ground Gases & Water – How to get Synergy“.

From exploring the conflicts that exist between British standards BS8102 & BS 8485, to combined risk assessments and help and advice as to how you can tackle combined ground gas and waterproofing issues; why not join us and presenter Patrick Flood this Thursday (26th November) at 9am to learn more about how we all can tackle these combined issues safely and effectively.

To find out more, simply click on the button below:

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Online Training: We need YOUR help!

With the development of our NEW online training facility gathering pace & set to commence Jan 2021 with our with our ‘Surveying Timber & Dampness in Buildings’ course, we are looking for help to gather new case studies for the training program on dry rot and/or all types of damp projects, capturing the ‘before’ and ‘after’ progress?

If you can help, please get in touch. You can contact us clicking the button below or alternatively email or call James Berry at james@property-care.org / 01480 400000.

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Something to Consider – Hosting an Online Xmas Party

With a Covid vaccine arriving too late for any kind of office parties, is it a case we simply abandon the typical annual office Christmas get together?

It might not be the same as a ‘proper’ get together, but for PCA members looking to try and get some sort of ‘festive cheer’, spare a thought for the ideas posted in this recent BBC new post on ‘How to host a Christmas party on Zoom’. You might just pick up on a few ideas to bring your teams together!

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