PCA unveils agenda for international waterproofing conference

National trade body The Property Care Association is to host an inaugural international conference dedicated to structural waterproofing.

Of appeal to a broad audience including house building, construction, civils and architectural professionals, the event takes place at the Møller Centre, at the University of Cambridge on 6 July.

Guest speakers from organisations including CITB, the Basement Information Centre and NHBC will be sharing insight with delegates.

The event will also share best practice from across Europe, with German company Köster Bauchemie exploring how waterproofing can be introduced successfully within demanding infrastructure projects, including tunnels and bridges.

Veronika Elfmarkova will also explain the use of concrete as a waterproofing material and the use of crystalline technology to drive improvements.

The format for the event will centre around three sessions, Design, Delivery and Assurance. The day will conclude with a panel debate.

Steve Hodgson, Chief Executive of the Property Care Association (PCA), said:

“Over the years there has been a greater focus on specialist waterproof design and a greater understanding across the construction, civils, house building and architectural professions on the importance of robust strategy to undertake such projects.”

“As a result, there’s been a growing demand for an opportunity to share this best practice and insight, hence the launch of our first international waterproofing conference event.”

“We’ve attracted industry-leading speakers, who will address a range of subjects and provide a useful opportunity to broaden knowledge and skills within this important area.”

Places for the conference are limited and bookings can be made at here

The PCA is the trade body for the structural waterproofing sector, with a membership including manufacturers, consultants and contractors.

Committed to driving forward best practice in the sector, initiatives from the association include a collaboration with the NHBC in the development of the new standards Chapter 5.4, to deliver improvements in the quality of waterproofing works.

Chapter 5.4 was introduced after an NHBC report, published in 2013, revealed claims on basements since 2005 had cost the industry a total of nearly £21 million – and affected nearly 890 homes.

Focused on developing and explaining the situations where the inclusion of structural waterproofing is required, Chapter 5.4 guides builders and developers to reliable methods of waterproofing that will ensure satisfactory in service performance.

The PCA also has a number of performance criteria that are unique to the waterproofing industry including PCA Training, the Certificated Surveyor in Structural Waterproofing qualification (CSSW) and a Waterproofing Design Specialists’ Register, which aid confidence in the industry and underpin best practice.

Of particular note is the register of Waterproofing Design Specialists, a pool of vetted and approved professionals with specialist knowledge and qualifications who are able to make recommendations and carry out basement design and construction.

Through the register, developers, architects and builders can easily locate individual, competent practitioners, who can assist in the design and planning of underground waterproofing.

The register, available to view at 2222www.property-care.org was introduced to conform to the recommendation set out in BS8102: 2009, which advised that a specialist in waterproofing should be included in the design team of any structure where usable space is either partly or fully below ground.