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Where a design team for a basement conversion will usually include an architect, engineer and builder or basement conversion specialist, a revision to BS8102 now recommends a basement waterproofing specialist be included as part of that core design team at the earliest stages of the project, so that an integrated and practical waterproofing solution is created.
‘Waterproofing systems should be designed by a waterproofing design specialist. Designers who have successfully completed the Certified Surveyor in Structural Waterproofing (CSSW) qualification available from the Property Care Association (PCA) would normally be acceptable to NHBC. The waterproofing design specialist should be appointed early in the design phase to co-ordinate with other designers, including the engineer, to ensure satisfactory integration of the waterproofing system into the building.’
This change signifies the importance of waterproofing contractors and the expertise we bring. We not only specify, design and install the behind the scenes waterproofing system that will keep the basement dry, we also fulfil the role of the waterproofing specialist to form an essential part of the waterproofing system design team. As the waterproofing specialist, we also take on the full liability of the design and implementation of the basement waterproofing system, meaning that the property owner is better protected.
British Standands regulation (BS8102:2009) advises that the waterproofing design specialist involved with the basement waterproofing project should have: