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Below-Ground Structural Design for Tanking

Continuing from my previous blog and the question of design, I look at considerations for ensuring an effective waterproofing solution. 

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23 May 2019
18 October 2018

Renovating and Insulating Masonry Walls

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Why strapping and lining masonry walls on the inside is not a good idea, not for renovation, not for new builds. 

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18 October 2018

Bentonite Waterproofing and Wet/Dry Cycling


There is no aspect of bentonite waterproofing that is as misunderstood as how it responds to wet/dry cycling.

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17 October 2018

Growing the Passive Fire Knowledge Base

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The more the industry talks about passive fire and engages with other construction industry professionals, the more likely we are to get it right the first time.

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28 September 2018

Property Line Wall Substrate Preparation


Below-grade shoring wall construction often proves to be difficult to obtain and maintain along the project site perimeter. 

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21 September 2018

Adding Insulation and Wall Underlay to Existing Walls

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How can we safely add insulation to existing walls without risking trapped moisture and compromising durability? 

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18 September 2018

Meeting Our Duty of Care Responsibilities for Passive Fire

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While fire engineering reports are designed in line with the NZBC with a view to saving lives, we often overlook the lives of the first responders who need to go into these buildings.

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23 August 2018

Testing Water Before Installing Membrane Systems

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A detailed discussion of the water/soil compatibility test and its importance in the design of any below-grade waterproofing system.

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22 August 2018

Renovation Opportunity and R-Values

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In this article, I’m tackling real-estate adverts, renovation by paint, and discussing one area of cost for whole-house renovation and the connection between health and wealth.

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22 August 2018

Facility Managers and Passive Fire

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The traditional approach for facility managers is to do whatever it takes to make the passive fire issue disappear. This is not always the most cost-effective approach.

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21 August 2018

Designing for Internal Moisture

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Dampness due to condensation can lead to fungal growth which harms occupants, causes decay in structural timbers and accelerates corrosion of metal components and fixings. 

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