PCA Weekly News - 8th January 2022

In your weekly PCA update this week:

  • Welcome Back…
  • Air quality, CO2 monitors and Covid
  • Ombudsman: “Effective diagnosis is critical”
  • Sprayed Foam Insulation – Joint Statement
  • PCA invited to Legal & General’s Conference
  • January Webinar – Sprayed Foam & Roofs
  • Online Surveyor Training: Timber & Dampness
  • New Microwave Moisture Meter

Welcome Back…

“HAPPY NEW YEAR” from everyone here at the PCA. We hope that you had a wonderful time over the festive period. 2022 already seems to be shaping up to be a busy one for the PCA team…but as always…we are here to support our members throughout this year and beyond.

Crossing fingers, we will hopefully get to see many of you in person over the course of the year through our conferences, events and webinars…

Air quality, CO2 monitors and Covid

You may have read that the Government is providing carbon dioxide monitors to all state-funded education settings in an attempt to improve ventilation and air quality. But how can we realistically expect accurate results from those (i.e. the teachers) that are not familiar with this technology, or know how to interpret the results?

Technical Manager James Berry discusses this issue in his latest blog, which you can access by clicking on the button below.

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Ombudsman: “Effective diagnosis is critical”

The PCA welcomes a recently released report from the Housing Ombudsman Service. Your Association welcomes a recently released report from the Housing Ombudsman Service. The report states that addressing damp and mould needs to be a higher priority for landlords and stresses that ‘effective diagnosis is critical’. This is an extremely encouraging assessment and backs up what both our members and your Association has been saying for years!

Our concern on this topic led to the development of our Condensation and Mould Diagnostic System (formerly The BMI Technology) and this technology, helped provide part of the evidence which led to the Ombudsman issuing new guidance for landlords on disrepair claims – alongside the publication: ‘Spotlight on Damp and mould – It’s not lifestyle’.

For those looking to read more about what the Housing Ombudsmen said, click on the button below.

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Sprayed Foam Insulation – Joint Statement

For those who may have missed this announcement at the end of December, the Property Care Association and the Residential Property Surveyors Association (RPSA) has released a joint statement on sprayed foam insulation in domestic roofs.

With confusion amongst surveyors and valuers about how to report on the condition of a roof with sprayed foam applied, and with some lenders refusing to offer loans on affected properties, the joint statement advises surveyors on guidance and the likely circumstances where a roof structure with foam could be given a clean bill of health.

For those looking to find out more, this will also be the focus of our next webinar on 27th January 2022. In the meantime, you can view the joint statement by clicking on the button below…

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PCA invited to Legal & General’s Conference

We are pleased to advise you that the PCA will once again be exhibiting at Legal & General’s annual conference this month. To be invited as a guest at this event to showcase and discuss our work with tier 1 lenders is both an encouraging and exciting opportunity.

January Webinar – Sprayed Foam Insulation!

Join us and PCA’s Steve Hodgson from 9-10am on Thursday 27th January 2022 for our first live broadcast in 2022! Following the release of the joint statement, Steve will be discussing the considerations and implications for property and construction professionals when it comes to sprayed foam insulation in domestic roofs.

Develop your knowledge on evaluating or inspecting timber framed pitched roofs, which have been stabilised/insulated using sprayed PU foams and much more! Click on the button below to register…

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Online Surveyor Training: Timber & Dampness

For those who might need to develop their knowledge and the skills necessary to identify, resolve and report upon problems relating to dampness, timber infestation and decay in buildings, why not book onto our Online Surveyors Training: Timber & Dampness in Buildings course?

Taught through a variety of live sessions, recorded elements and quizzes, the course offers a suite of technical documents and reading materials and has space available on the first cohort!

Level: Surveyors Training
Qualification: Suitable as foundation study for the CSDB / CSTDB exam
Duration: 6-8 Weeks
When: January-March 2022
Price: Members: £500+ VAT / Non-members: £650+ VAT

Secure your place today! Contact the training team on 01480 400000.

New Microwave Moisture Meter

The PCA has purchased a new microwave moisture meter to add to its portfolio of equipment for determining moisture levels in a building. We will update you on how it works, and carry out evaluations and tests in the coming weeks.

If you would like more information in the meantime, please get in touch with James Berry on james@property-care.org / 01480 400000 or via the button below.

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