PCA Weekly News - 22nd February 2020

In your weekly PCA update this week:

  • Japanese knotweed Webinar – Register Now!
  • Marketing Support to Members
  • Understanding Cavity Walls
  • Missed the 1st Webinar – Link now available
  • Housing Association Magazine
  • Topics on the Agenda for IWCG meeting
  • Convenient & Flexible Training – Get in Touch!
  • World Aspergillosis Day – 27th February 2020
  • In the News

Japanese knotweed Webinar – Register Now!

**REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN**  After the success of our 1st webinar, our next webinar on Japanese knotweed: Problem Plant or ‘Just a Weed’?‘ takes place on Thursday 26th March between 8-9am. Presented by Technical Manager Peter Fitzsimons, this webinar asks, ‘Does the real impact of Japanese knotweed live up to the hype’ and ‘how can we control its spread?’

For all our Invasive weed members, this is definitely a webinar you want to watch and share with your clients. For all surveyors, property/valuation surveyor, environmental consultants, ecologists or any professional within the construction sector that comes across Knotweed…then this webinar is for YOU!

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What’s Happening in the PCA Marketing Dept?

PCA’s Andy Ferguson sums up what has been happening within the PCA Marketing Department in 2019, how the marketing team has been working hard behind the scenes to best support our members and what we might see in 2020…

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Cavity wall time bomb!

As all our members know, cavity wall construction has delivered a form of building that has been incredibly reliable and robust. However, as commented by many of our members and you Association, the way we are using them and adapting them to the needs of the 21st century means we must start to understand the mechanisms that make them fail!

Why should we care and be concerned? If we don’t, we will simply fail the customers and clients we are trying to serve!

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Missed the 1st Webinar – Link now available

The PCA’s series of webinars for 2020 kicked off with ‘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, simply sit back, relax and click on the button below….

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Housing Association Magazine

We were very pleased to see that the reputable publication Housing Association Magazine published Steve Hodgson’s article discussing ‘retrofit insulation and how it changes the way a building works in ways not always apparent‘.

You Association is continually taking steps to provide greater awareness and understanding for people who inspect buildings and the challenges retrofit insulation brings about and as always, we continue to stand up for ‘best practice’ and for you!

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Topics on the Agenda for IWCG Meeting

The next Invasive Weed Control Group meeting takes place on Monday 2nd March at the PCA Head Office in Huntingdon. Similar to the regional meetings, this is an opportunity of all our Invasive Weed members to chat to your Association and to tell us what you think and what your concerns are. Topics on the agenda include the forthcoming Japanese knotweed webinar, PCA conference and an update on the EA/Defra research project.

If you do plan to come along, please let Peter Fitzsimons know by email (peter@property-care.org). To view the agenda, click on the button below.

Invasive Weed 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. Download them and use them – they are very much yours to use.

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Convenient & Flexible Training – Get in Touch!

Damp & Timber Surveyor Training

Gain the confidence and knowledge essential for when surveying dampness, timber infestation and decay in buildings. The Damp & Timber Surveyor Training course offers convenient and flexible learning with the option of attending each one-day module separately (at a time to suit you), or all three consecutive days.

How is the course broken down? What’s involved:

    • Day 1: Condensation and Dampness: Causes, diagnostics and treatment options: Learn not just cause and effect but methods of measurement and assessment
    • Day 2: Timber, Timber Biology, Decay and Insects: Learn methods of construction, treatment and application of preservatives
    • Day 3: Legal Aspects, Survey Methodology and Report Writing: Learn the importance of health and safety, responsibilities and legislation>

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

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World Aspergillosis Day – 27th February 2020

Next week is World Aspergillosis Day (27th February) and we are reminded of the importance of ventilation and the effects of damp on our health and wellbeing. Your Association has a number of training courses available which address the issue of ventilation and mould and members have access to a number of important technical documents from the PCA Technical Document Library:

There is lots of useful information on the Aspergillus website as well as details of how you can #ThinkFungus and raise awareness next week.

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In the News

In the news this week includes:

Planning and Building Control Today‘ have published a double page spread, authored by Steve Hodgson, ‘Investigating and Understanding Damp in Older Building’. This has previously been shared online.

Inside Conveyancing and Premises‘ and ‘Facilities Management Magazine‘ have both promoted the problems with Cavity Walls and our ‘Defects in Cavity Construction’ one day workshop;

Horticulture Connected‘ have posted details of the New Amenity Standard on their website and social media.


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