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PCA seeks members for new Residential Ventilation Group

Ventilation expertise is being sought to help steer and drive organisation’s work in tackling the issue of inadequate indoor air quality over fears about increased instances of humid homes

Efforts to ensure improved ventilation and air quality in UK homes will be among the key focuses of a new membership group established by the Property Care Association (PCA).

The PCA is now in the process of looking for members to support its Residential Ventilation Group (RVG) with work on tackling the issue of inadequate indoor air quality for residential properties.

Concern has been raised by the PCA that its members are increasingly coming across humid homes. A number of factors have been identified as contributing to these cases of humidity, these include higher occupant numbers in properties, as well as rising fuel costs and efforts to improve energy efficiency. 

Work to draught-proof properties and retrofit insulation in order to curb air leakage and a pattern of warm and wetter weather were also highlighted as impacting indoor humidity levels.

RVG chair Dave Cook said that issues resulting from moisture held in the air were a long-standing concern for surveyors and was the subject of a two-day conference that is being held by the PCA later this year to bring together national and international expertise.

He said, “While the ventilation industry has moved a very long way to satisfy the needs of housebuilders, people that have mould problems in older houses and flats still struggle to find practitioners who can provide detailed diagnostic evaluation followed up with accurate advice on improving ventilation.

“Surveyors can provide advice on moisture production, heating and ventilation but usually the job of designing and specifying ventilation is passed to an electrician.

Mr Cook argued that PCA members had significant experience with understanding the consequences of higher humidity levels in homes and its impact on the formation of dampness and mould.

He said, “As such, the PCA is well placed to create the new RVG and sector of membership to provide homeowners with a point of reference to find professionals who can understand the internal environment of their home and specify ventilation measures accordingly.”

Individuals looking to become RVG members are required to undertake an application process similar to ones required to join other specialised groups it manages. This includes having to undertake assessments of technical competence and delivery.

The PCA has also launched initiatives such as a code of practice for planning and introducing ventilation into properties to reflect efforts to focus on indoor humidity.

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