In your weekly PCA update this week:
- Back to the ‘New Normal’ from 1st June
- Can Air Quality Control COVID-19?
- Updated Ventilation Guidance Documents
- Helping you Work Safely During COVID-19
- Members’ Success with CITB’s Skills & Training Fund
- Up Next: Building a Mentally Resilient Workforce
- Japanese knotweed Research
- Missed the Webinar? View the Recording
- Welcome to our new member
- Your weekly ‘Tune-In Tuesday’ is back!
Back to the ‘New Normal’ from 1st June
Your Association is delighted to report that we will be back in the office from Monday 1st June. Our Risk Assessments are in place and we will be slowly returning to the office for what will become the ‘new normal’.
In line with Government guidance, we cannot all return at once, but many of us will be in the office on a phased approach as we begin to prepare for training to commence sometime later in June.
Throughout this crisis we have always been available to you, our members so please, if you have any questions, concerns or just want a chat do give us a call or send us an email if you have any questions or concerns on 01480 400000 / email@example.com.
Can Air Quality Control COVID-19?
Your Association has long held the view that improving indoor air quality in all buildings is vital and, as your CEO Steve Hodgson writes in his latest blog, ‘perhaps for the first time in my professional memory, the basic principles of maintaining good and therefore healthy air quality is being routinely discussed by journalists on the nine o’clock news.’
These are certainly interesting times. Click on the button below to read Steve’s full blog…
Updated Ventilation Guidance Documents
Your Association has added another couple of Ventilation Guidance Documents to the Technical Library this week. Ventilation is a ‘hot topic’ right now and members can access these two documents via the button below:
- Positive Input Ventilation (PIV) Systems: Issue 2
- This is a completely revised and updated document. A “must read” for all those involved in specifying, supplying or installing PIV systems in existing homes.
- De-centralised Mechanical Extract Ventilation (dMEV) Systems: Issue 1
- dMEV fans are increasingly used to provide ventilation in existing homes. This brand new guide should prove to be a “go to” document for all those involved in specifying, supplying or installing dMEV systems in existing homes.
Helping you Work Safely During COVID-19
To complement Government guidance and help you further as you begin to get back to work, we have created the following documents to give homeowners and technicians the guidance they need when working in occupied houses:
- ‘Considerations for Technicians’ – working in occupied buildings
- ‘COVID-19: Before Starting Works’ – how companies may wish to engage with the occupants of buildings prior to work commencing
We hope that for you, our members, these documents will greatly assist you in demonstrating the necessary health and safety compliance which the guidance from Government has stipulated, as you return to the ‘new normal’ working conditions.
Members’ Success with CITB’s Skills & Training Fund
We have talked about CITB’s Skills and Training Fund on many occasions, which enables you, our members, to claim up to £25,000 for training (depending on the size of your business). In these uncertain times, what’s not to love about that? We understand that the thought of additional paperwork may seem overwhelming, but as we all aim to get back to some kind of ‘new normal’, why not take the bull by the horns and ensure you get that all important funding to help your business?
Don’t just take our word for it, here’s what one of our members have had to say….
“One of our most productive tasks during lockdown was to liaise with Jade at the PCA to put together a training package to aid the development of every member of our team. The CITB funding is generous and appreciated but the application process is challenging in its navigation. Thanks entirely to Jade’s help we now have full funding for a comprehensive programme of essential training for 2020 -2021!” Gail Grindley, The Preservation Company Ltd.
We can help you with your application; answer any questions you have and ensure you receive the most amount of funding that you are eligible for. Call Jade for more information on 01480 400000 or click on the button below.
Up Next: Building a Mentally Resilient Workforce
Our series of webinars continues with ‘Building a Mentally Resilient Workforce’ on Thursday 4th June 2020, from 9-10am. The impact of the coronavirus has changed how we do things and as we gear for a ‘new normality‘, the mental wellbeing of our workforce is increasingly important. Join Russell Mott from ATAS UK and understand how to address staff fears and build confidence, learn some key skills and tips on how to promote a healthier space whilst working from home or in isolation.
This issue effects all of us and is sure to be a webinar that you won’t want to miss! Members can register now via the button below.
Japanese knotweed Research
You may remember a recent blog from Peter Fitzsimons regarding Japanese knotweed research (click on button below), whereby Dr Dan Jones referred to a group in Canada who claimed that knotweed rhizome fragments as small as 0.02g could regenerate! As this was 35 times smaller than the benchmark of 0.7g, we thought it was worth further investigating! Peter tracked down the lab where this work originated (Université Laval, Quebec) and requested more details and, yes, the figure above is accurate.
The full details of this research will be the subject of a future article. However we share this with members now, as we are pleased that it emphasises key cautionary messages featured within our own PCA Code of Practice: Management of Japanese knotweed.
Missed the Webinar? View the Recording
A big thank you to all of our PCA members who joined ‘The Insect Factor in Wood Decay’ webinar yesterday. Nicholas Donnithorne gave us his unique view on some of the more unusual wood destroying insects which some of our members may encounter in the built environment.
As always there was plenty of engagement and members can view the recording by simply clicking on the button below.
Welcome to our new members
We are pleased to welcome the following company into membership of the PCA:
Dry Waterproofing Ltd (Contractor – Structural Waterproofing)
Your Weekly ‘Tune-in Tuesday’ is back!
Your regular ‘Tune in Tuesday’ event is back on Tuesday 2nd June! Remember these ‘Tune in Tuesday’ webinars are all about you. It’s Your forum – Your platform – and Your opportunity to engage with your Association and ask the questions on the topics that matter to you.
Members can register by clicking on the button below.
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- Code of Practice for Property Flood Resilience
- An Introduction to ‘Paula’s Papers’
- Launch of New Methodology for Traditional Buildings
- Hodgson View: Damp in Traditional Buildings
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