National trade body the Property Care Association has launched its 2017 Residential Ventilation Masterclass training programme – focused on addressing the rising levels of excess moisture in properties across the UK.
Effective ventilation is imperative in UK homes, particularly with increasing pressures on homeowners to conserve fuel, insulate and draught proof homes, which, according to the PCA, is leading to the frequency and severity of mould growth and condensation-related damp to increase.
Developed by the PCA to address this emerging issue, the first Residential Ventilation Masterclass of the year is being held on Tuesday, February 28 at the association’s practical training centre in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire.
Looking in detail at retrofit ventilation systems and the associated industry regulations, the programme is suitable for anyone involved in the design and installation of retrofitting fans and mechanical ventilation solutions in existing homes.
Delegates will leave understanding how to design and specify ventilation systems which meet the requirements of Part F of the building regulations and evaluate existing systems against the standard.
The course will also provide delegates with the skills they need to take the guesswork out of specifying fans and ventilation units.
Steve Hodgson, chief executive of the PCA, said: “Where it is discovered that a lack of air exchange and ventilation is a contributory factor to a damp problem, it is imperative the correct solutions are specified.
“It’s an issue which can have significant consequences. Excess moisture in the built environment can affect both the structural fabric of a building, as well as the comfort and wellbeing of occupants.
“Resulting problems can include poor air quality, condensation, dampness and mould.
“We believe the frequency of problems associated with damp and mould from indoor air is only set to get worse, with unseen and, as yet, underestimated problems being created due to these new pressures on properties.”
“Yet, despite the impact good ventilation can have on a property’s moisture levels, the current regulation and guidance setting out minimum requirements in homes is mixed and usually ignored or misunderstood.
“We find that more often than not installations fall short of what is required by approved Document F of the building regulation.
“As a result, the outcomes for clients are currently very mixed.”
The Residential Ventilation Masterclass has been developed by the PCA’s Residential Ventilation Group (RVG) set-up as a working group, to signpost housing associations, surveyors and property professionals to specialists capable of accurately diagnosing all forms of dampness in buildings – and ensure the products and solutions they deliver are correct and appropriate for their needs.
Mr Hodgson added: “PCA members understand the consequences of high humidity in homes and deal with the consequences of poor air quality, condensation, dampness and mould, every day.
“The development of this new ventilation group builds on their existing knowledge and expertise regarding all the different variables which can affect moisture levels in buildings, such as the building construction, style of occupation, heating, thermal performance of walls and floors and the provision of air exchange.”
As well as the course in February, further dates are scheduled for October and December 2017.
Bookings can be made at www.property-care.org/training-qualifications/training-courses/residential-veon-masterclass/
The Ventilation Masterclass links with other associated training programmes from the PCA in areas such as condensation.