According to Paul Evans, the current President of the Australian Institute of Waterproofing (AIW), waterproofing defects and water leaks stem from several areas.
"Amongst many architects, designers and building surveyors, understanding of waterproofing is poor.
This places responsibility for ensuring work is done correctly almost entirely onto the building contractor.
Unlike in Queensland, licensing of those conducting licensing work in Victoria is non-existent – as are trade licensing requirements generally outside of plumbing and electrical.
This means anyone can undertake waterproofing work irrespective of their level of skill, knowledge or expertise.
As mentioned above, Australia unlike the United Kingdom has no below ground standard for waterproofing.
As a result, there is no standardised way to address below ground waterproofing issues.
Fourth, beyond the prevention of water ingress, Evans says little if any thought is given toward control and drainage of any water which has been repelle
Finally, the Australian construction industry remains largely ignorant of poor waterproofing repercussions and therefore adopts a blaze approach toward this area.
Often, Evans said, waterproofing is not even nominated in specifications with which builders are presented during tender processes."
Article " Australia Must Improve Waterproofing Standards And Practices" originally published HERE
Paul Evans is Manager/director of Findlay-Evans Waterproofing: www.waterproofingfew.com.au
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