The British Wood Preserving and Damp-proofing Association was formed back in 1930.

The association was originally created with the aim of informing the industry of wood preservation, with a long term view of reducing timber waste and standardising specifications for certain wood preservatives and their application. It also hoped to aid the research of further wood preservation methods, allowing members to interchange ideas regarding the improvement of efficient timber usage.

In 2003, two seperate divisions were created within the association – the Property Care Association, and the Wood Protection Association. This was soon followed by a successful vote for the seperation of the PCA and WPA. A short time after this decision, the two groups became individual Trade Assocations in their own right.

In order to offer a more effective service to both the public and its members, the activities of the BWPDA have been channelled directly into the Property Care Association, tackling issues with building dampness, timber preservation and structural repair.

The Property Care Association now promotes a set of guidelines that ensure excellence through:

  • Measuring all members against a strict set of membership criteria – PCA members are required to undertake a variety of training courses and appropriate qualifications focusing on their specialist area of expertise.
  • Ongoing audits ensure members are operating to the highest standards – Company systems, procedures and health & safety practises are routinely assessed to guarantee high quality.
  • Site inspections for all members – Independent inspectors are used to visit recent project sites and confirm that good practise has been maintained within the premises, and operations have taken place in the best interest of the client.


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