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New Standards in Waterproofing of basements and other below ground structures

Raising standards and protecting home owners

Analysis of defects help to form a view of where the improvements need to be strengthened, to help the industry achieve robust construction that will stand the test of time. In the following piece, Mark Jones – Head of House-Building Standards at NHBC provides insight into the new Chapter 5.4: ‘Waterproofing of basements and other below ground structures’:



“In our experience, it is often a lack of appreciation that even the smallest defect in waterproofing can lead to problems that are both difficult to trace and expensive and disruptive to repair.

The new chapter introduces measures to address this including guidance on design, materials and workmanship.

This video provides an overview of the changes and outlines what you need to do if you are designing and constructing basements or other below ground structures.

The introduction of Chapter 5.4 is a key component in NHBC’s drive to improve basement construction. The industry needs to be getting it right first time, every time. Continue reading