In your weekly PCA update this week:
- Future Challenges for Japanese knotweed Management
- Furlough Scheme Extended Until March 2021
- CEO’s First Podcast with The Surveyors Hub
- New Online Training: UKCMB Course
- EPPO Publishes Giant Hogweed Guidance
- Biodeterioration of Wooden Cultural Heritage
- Missed the Webinar? Watch the Replay
Future Challenges for Japanese knotweed Management
It’s the final instalment from your Technical Manager Peter Fitzsimons as he completes the trilogy of commentaries on Defra’s report into ‘Japanese knotweed Management Overseas’. We are proud of how far we have come in the past ten years, but we mustn’t be complacent as Peter discusses…
Members can read more by clicking on the button below.
Furlough Scheme Extended Until March 2021
Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced yesterday that businesses and people across the UK will benefit from increased support over the winter months. For PCA members this means:
- The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) will now run until the end of March with employees receiving 80% of their current salary for hours not worked.
- The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will be increased to 80% of average trading profits, up to a maximum of £7,500.
This will be welcome news for many members, and for this support to be put in place for long enough to help your businesses recover and to help you get back on your feet – some certainty for the months ahead.
Members can access more information on this guidance via the button below.
CEO’s First Podcast with The Surveyors Hub
As reported last week, your CEO Steve Hodgson was invited to his first podcast interview with Marion Ellis and Phil Parnham from ‘The Surveyors Hub’, which members can listen to now via the button below!
Many of our members will know who The Surveyors Hub is, but for those that don’t they are a collective of well-respected, experienced residential valuers and surveyors committed to supporting professional development and well-being. This growing platform of podcasts brings together a wealth of knowledge and informative topics from across the surveying industry. We were pleased to gain the opportunity to talk about the PCA and the good work all of our members do on a day to day basis.
New Online Training: UKCMB Course
We shared with members a few weeks ago the news that we will be delivering UK Centre for Moisture in Building’s ( UKCMB) ‘Understanding and Managing Moisture Risks in Buildings’ course.
We recognise that understanding of moisture is essential for all building professionals and it is for this very reason we have facilitated this online course. Why not improve your knowledge or the knowledge of your colleagues with this new and convenient online training course and learn:
- How to identify moisture-related risks associated with new buildings, or retrofit projects and know how to mitigate them
- The mechanisms of moisture transfer within buildings and how to better design out or manage them better
- The conditions that give rise to condensation and mould growth
- Moisture risk assessment and management techniques and be able to apply them
To find out more about what this course can offer YOU, click on the button below…
EPPO Publishes Giant Hogweed Guidance
Some reading material for our invasive weed members during the long autumn nights perhaps…? The European Plant Protection Organisation (EPPO) have published their research report on Giant Hogweed and our Invasive Weed members will know this is a significant ecological and public health problem across Europe.
The report doesn’t include any ‘revelations’ so can best be seen as complementary to our own Guidance Note – but does help to support what we already consider to be ‘best practice’, and provides good examples of integrated weed management plans for these species.
Biodeterioration of Wooden Cultural Heritage
We shared with members back in February of an email we received from the University of Attica (Athens). Professor Anastasia Pournou requested to use some images for her book “Biodeterioration of Wooden Cultural Heritage in Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecosystems”, which she came across within our library of convention documents.
For PCA members this library is available for you to use and contains a great wealth of history, knowledge and information. Discovering how far afield our history and reputation goes is not only incredible, but demonstrates just how relevant the information is today!
So why not take a trip down memory lane and click through the library via the button below?!
Missed the Webinar? Watch the Replay
Many thanks to all that joined us last week for the “Green Homes Grant and the Effects of ‘Shallow’ Retrofit” webinar. Our apologies again to all our ‘live’ attendees for the technical glitch towards the end, but we are pleased to say the webinar recording is now available. To view, simply click on the button below.
Our next webinar will be on Thursday 26th November. Details will be available soon via the PCA Webinar homepage.
Other recent news or related info
- Green Homes Grant Scheme: The principles and the pitfalls
- Green Homes Grant Scheme: What does this mean for Ventilation?
- VIDEO: Tackling Problem Retrofit Insulation
- Proud to be part of the PCA
- Video Diagnostics During Lockdown
- COVID-19: Uncertain times for now
- Floods: Damaging to life, property – and the environment
- 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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