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New Build Basements

  • Why not?

Unlike most of Europe the inclusion of a basement level in the design of modern domestic properties has long been overlooked, however new build basements are definitely having a renaissance as their many benefits fit perfectly the needs of contemporary living.

So, waterproofing below ground structure in new developments; when do you plan, decide on a system and design it in?

It seems that in the past waterproofing systems were almost an afterthought and as such have resulted in many a headache for architects, engineers, in fact the whole design team and the customer which can lead to professional relationship problems and disputes.

Thankfully this is now a thing of the past.

BS8102:1990 has been revised to BS8102:2009 “Code of Practice and Protection of below ground structures against water from the ground” and there are as you would expect changes.  One of the most significant changes as far as Sovereign Chemicals Ltd is concerned has to be the recommendation that a “waterproofing specialist” is consulted at the design stage.  BS8102:2009: (4.2 Design team) states:-

“A waterproofing specialist should be included as part of the design team so that an integrated waterproofing solution is created.  The waterproofing specialist should:

  1. Be suitably experienced.
  2. Be capable of devising solutions that accommodate the various project constraints and needs.
  3. Provide the design team with information and guidance that assists with and influences the design, installation and future maintenance of the waterproofed structure.

It is important that when making a decision on the form of waterproofing and the position of the system that site conditions, ground water levels, soil types and customer expectations are all taken into account.

Working together is the standard’s new message.

For over 30 years Sovereign Chemicals Ltd has been complying with and promoting this recommendation by providing design solutions, on site consultations and individual written specifications for the successful waterproofing of below ground structures.