PCA Weekly News - 31st July 2021

In your weekly PCA update this week:

  • Training Hits NEW International Borders
  • Maple R&D Website Now Launched
  • Giant Hogweed Hits the Headlines AGAIN!
  • Improving Air Quality in Existing Dwellings
  • Amenity Forum Conference
  • New Dates Released – Timber & Dampness Training
  • Good Ventilation to Reduce Covid Risk
  • Last Chance to Book this Year
  • London Flooding – Potential Impact on Waterproofing

Training Hits NEW International Borders

It’s funny the difference a year makes. Turn back the clock and as much as the odd international candidate (numbers were gradually increasing) came along to our training, the door now seems wedged open to new international horizons.

While today we say goodby to the FIRST EVER candidates on the Online Structural Waterproofing Surveyor Training, for the FIRST TIME EVER we welcome a variety of international candidates from Australia, Malaysia, Kenya…and of course…from all over the UK to the start of their online structural waterproofing training.

It is a very proud moment for your Association. Never before have we crossed over so many international borders and had the pleasure to welcome candidates from such a variety of countries. It just goes to show the value placed on the skills & qualifications our PCA members have within other international boundaries. It’s recognition that in many areas within our sectors, PCA members lead the World with the skills they and your Association have.

We hope all PCA members join us to say a BIG WELCOME to our new international candidates and the best of luck with your training.

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Maple R&D Website Now Launched

We shared news with PCA members recently that the Association now has a wholly owned subsidiary company – Maple Research and Development Ltd – under the umbrella of the PCA.

With orders progressing well, we are pleased to share that the Maple R&D website has now been launched. At present, the website is fairly basic in design and content however, it will grow over time as the company grows. For the first time though, it gives the company a presence on the web and it is the first step of many steps to help develop and grow the brand.

To view the new website, click on the button below. Alternatively, if you have any queries, please get in touch with Sue Uttridge on sue@property-care.org or 01480 400 000.

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Giant Hogweed Hits the Headlines AGAIN!

Some of our invasive weed members may be aware, but Giant Hogweed is grabbing national headlines this week with sad stories & photos of the terrible burns sustained.

The PCA recently has had great take-up of our editorial by regional and National newspapers to try and get the message out about “recognising it, avoid it and get it treated/removed by experts”. But we feel there is an opportunity for our invasive weed members to also communicate to YOUR audiences and media channels. We urge our IW members to communicate out awareness, guidance, advice and highlight the dangers of Giant Hogweed. Let your clients and customers see you are a ‘voice of authority’. If there ever was a time to communicate out your expertise in Hogweed…NOW is that time!

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Next Webinar: Improving Air Quality in Existing Dwellings

Our NEXT LIVE Webinar on Thursday 26th August 2021 is now open for registration. This time, we switch back to looking at air quality and ventilation. With Covid changing most peoples working habits and UK householders now spending more than 16 hours a day at home and indoors, are all our homes becoming more unhealthy & polluted? Can some of our buildings really be 50 times more polluted than outdoor air?!?

To learn more, come join us and Kassie Williams from Nuaire as we explore ‘Improving Air Quality in Existing Dwellings‘. Click on the button to learn more….

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Amenity Forum Conference

The Amenity Forum has launched its ‘Conference & Exhibition’ that will take place on Thursday 21st October 2021. The title for this year is “Facing the Future

In a year of change, both in terms of COVID and the UK leaving the EU, the conference aims to tackle the current issues, the forthcoming challenges as well as the opportunities that may lay ahead.

For our construction/property specialists or PCA members that want to learn more, you can click on the button below to view the PDF Conference Booklet.

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New Dates Released for Online Timber & Dampness Training

Due to HIGH DEMAND for our Online Timber & Dampness Training, we are pleased to announce even more NEW availability for the online course that will run between October to November 2021 (view course training schedule for Oct-Nov).

It is GREAT to see many of our PCA and construction specialists embracing the new online platform, and going by the reviews, this new online training seems to be going down well!

As this course is proving to be popular, we suspect the places available will be taken fairly quickly. If you are interested in booking yourself onto the course, simply call 01480 400 000 or email jade@property-care.org. Alternatively, to find out more about the online training, click on the button below.

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Good Ventilation to Reduce Covid Risk

HSE is again highlighting guidance and the importance of good ventilation to help reduce the risk of COVID19 transmission at work.

With more and more of us gradually inviting our teams back to the office, the guide offers practical steps to help improve ventilation as well as guidance to identify poorly ventilated areas, improvements through natural & mechanical ventilation & air cleaning & filtration. There is even a NEW video setting out some key advice.

To find out more, click the button below.

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Last Chance to Book this Year

Its the FINAL CHANCE  to book onto our Invasive Weed ID Course for 2021. There are a few remaining places for the training starting on 1st September. The next available training date will not be untill May 2022.

For those in the invasive weed and amenity/construction sectors wanting to gain further knowledge and an understanding of Invasive Species as listed in Schedule 9, this one day workshop will give you the opportunity to be hands-on with around 15 common terrestrial invasive species in the UK

If you are interested, please do get in touch with your training manager Jade on 01480 400 000 or email Jade at jade@property-care.org.

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London Flooding – Potential Impact on Waterproofing

Over the last few weeks, we have seen homes, businesses and even tube stations inundated with floodwater. With it happening twice in quick succession, it’s beginning to look like a trend that we, unfortunately, suspect will happen again.

For those PCA members within our flood sector, this may not be news to you. However, for all our structural waterproofing members, if this trend continues, what does this mean for the basements and cellars that our industry waterproofs?

It was a topic touched upon at the recent Structural Waterproofing Group (SWG) that perhaps, we need to look at again and potentially discuss in greater depth at the next SWG meeting. We will look to provide some guidance on this topic in the near future.


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