Pre-cast Reinforced Concrete (Repair Scheme)

New certification scheme for the repair of Precast Reinforced Concrete (PRC) Homes

Many PRC homes were built following the Second World War when there was an urgent need for housing at a time when traditional building materials and skilled labour were in short supply. This led to the construction of cheap ‘Non Traditional’ and easily erected properties. These houses were only ever meant to be a short-term solution.

Tens of thousands of PRC properties still remain and structural repairs are needed because of the effect of concrete carbonation. Additionally, mortgage lenders show a reluctance to continue to lend on these properties, or to offer home insurance, leaving owners and tenants wishing to buy with few options.

 

The BRE Global scheme will enable all necessary repairs to be made according to a robust specification relevant to each property, meaning that repairs should only be carried out for essential items and should not be prohibitively expensive.

Approved repairs should improve the energy performance of the building, extend the normal life of the property, and improve the saleability of the property.

Bad repairs can be unsafe and threaten the ability of the home owner to secure a mortgage on the property or insure it a reasonable price, if at all.

The scheme

The new certification scheme has 3 key elements:

  • Register of repair Specifications (Specifications to be reviewed
    by BRE)
  • Register of Practitioners (who will be certified as a competent
    person)
  • Register of repaired properties (which will be used by third
    parties, e.g. by mortgage lenders, to assure themselves of a
    robust repair)

The scheme will provide:

  • Qualified practitioners (who design and undertake the repair of
    the PRC home for the homeowners)
  • Confidence to third parties, e.g. mortgage lenders, that the repair has
    been undertaken properly to an agreed and robust specification

The scheme will not preclude the inclusion of Green Deal measures
and/or of BREEAM refurbishment assessments.

Individual mortgage lenders have stated their support of the scheme. The scheme will provide mortgage lenders and home insurers with confidence that the repair has been undertaken satisfactorily and will provide reassurance to lend the money, enabling the home owner to purchase and insure the house.

Contact us

To find out more about the PRC scheme or to make an Application
please see the following:

BRE Group
Bucknalls Lane,
Watford,
WD25 9XX
T +44 (0)333 321 8811
E PRChomesrespairs@bre.co.uk

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E: BRE Customer Services
T: +44 (0)333 321 8811