2307, 2021

Max Rafferty Interview – Talking Architecture & Design


Talking Architecture & Design host Branko Miletic interviews Max Rafferty on the secrets behind ensuring the success of our waterproofing standards. Max elaborates on the issues which are affecting the waterproofing of buildings and why our waterproofing standards need to be implemented. Max has 20 years’ experience within the construction industry and is currently Master Builders Australia National Technical Policy Manager. He previously worked as a Construction Auditor within Government and has experience in both commercial and residential construction, in many different capacities. Click on the link below to listen to the interview in full: Talking Architecture & Design - [...]

1907, 2021

Apartment Defect Horror Leaves Owner with Health Issues


What has water proofing got to do with adult asthma? In this article, home owner Zoe Foster discovered black mould not just under her carpet but in the lining of your nostrils after water proofing failures in her new apartment. Waterproofing impacts more than just structures but also human health. Read the full article here. Melbourne apartment Defect Horror Leaves Owner with Health Issues      

907, 2021

Wet Film Thickness Gauges – Don’t Be Without One


The importance of this pocket sized item cannot be underestimated! In this article, AIW President, Paul Evans encourages the use of a wet film thickness gauge as part of an inspection test plan because it can mean the difference between a job well done or a costly do-over at your expense. Wet Film Thickness Gauges - The Benefits

507, 2021

Imperial Tower – Commissioner Chandler Cites Waterproofing Problems


NSW Commissioner Chandler cited serious waterproofing issues along with a raft of other defects to the Imperial Tower. Rectification works, including waterproofing, the load-bearing component of the building, fire safety system and drainage need to be addressed urgently before the strata plan can be registered and would-be residents can move in. To read the ABC article, click below. Commissioner Chandler Cites Waterproofing Problems

1106, 2021

Productivity Bootcamp – Government Assistance for Tradies


This is the Government assisted training for young people looking at entering a trade. Productivity Bootcamp is a comprehensive, 8-week program designed to develop a range of practical skills to get young people job-ready. Using purpose-built training sites that provide 100% practical learning in a controlled environment, these sites are supervised by experienced trade professionals with a desire to teach and develop young people. Check out this opportunity at -

3010, 2020

Down the Plughole


Down the Plughole (Open as PDF and rotate view for easy reading.) This article by The Sunday Telegraph relates to the following important waterproofing topics - remedial work certification building commissioner deflects standards waterproofing best practice litigation.

1709, 2020

Notice of AGM – Tuesday, 10 November 2020


 AIW's Annual General Meeting  Save the date - Tuesday, 10 November, 2020   Notice is given of the AIW's Annual General Meeting which will be held on Tuesday, 10 November, 2020 at 5:30PM. Attend online (ZOOM) or in person (if restriction allow) RSVP to Get involved. Read the Committee's report Make a difference Vote Join the committee Elect the new committee Forms Annual General Meeting - Notice & Report 2020 AIW - Nomination of a Candidate for a Committee Position 2020-2021 AIW Notice for Committee Nominations 2020-2021

2003, 2018

Do we need to vent a membrane roof?


The question has been raised regarding requirements for venting of the roofs on this building. The following points should be noted: 1) It is not the roof membrane which determines whether vents are required or not, but the construction of the roof, the roof space between the outer skin and the inner lining and the use of those areas immediately beneath the roof, which determine whether venting is required or not. 2) The purpose of venting is to ensure that there is no build-up of deleterious moisture within the space below the roof skin. Such excess moisture can cause deterioration [...]

1903, 2018

VIC – DELWP have rejected draft regulations for mandatory inspections of waterproofing


In a surprise reversal of the Victorian Building Regulations 2017 Draft the reforms to help correct the chronic waterproofing failures in buildings have been scrapped. The rationale for the reversal was feedback from the Building Surveyors fearing legal liability. Thus we go back to the beginning with the Builder (being the head Building Practitioner) required to sign off on Compliance of the waterproofing, with cover under his insurance. Adding to the waterproofing quality wows, any tradesperson can do waterproofing works up to the value of $10,000 (from $5,000) without proof of compliance to a Standard (AS3740 & AS4654.2). Typically waterproofing [...]


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