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Industry body launches cavity wall training course

12 February 2020

Long-running issues around cavity wall construction has resulted in the Property Care Association (PCA) launching its one-day workshop programme to address these.

The Defects in Cavity Construction course is aimed at FMs, chartered surveyors, valuers and building contractors.

Its launch is attributed to reports of increasing numbers of instances such as dampness and condensation emerging in facilities with cavity walls which are described as "increasingly well-documented" by the association.

In an attempt to raise awareness among those involved in the investigation and diagnosis of cavity wall defects, the PCA has launched the course to assist in understanding of the reasons for failure.

The course will also include details on the specification of solutions, in addition to focus on the defects, says the PCA.

Technical manager James Berry described the cavity wall method as being "incredibly reliable and robust", while confirming the need to "understand the mechanisms that are increasingly causing them to fail".

In addition to the effects of wall tie corrosion, Mr Berry also referred to "the effects of an ageing technology coupled with changes in occupation" along with the impact of draught proofing and increasing numbers of retrofits.

The first course will take place at the PCA Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire head office on 2 April.

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