Insight – What to expect in Structural Waterproofing 2022

Aside from COVID-19, 2021 has been particularly interesting in the world of structural waterproofing by way of the BS8102:2009 review.

BS8102:2009 “Code of practice for protection of below ground structures against water from the ground” gives recommendations and provides guidance on methods of preventing and dealing with the entry of water from surrounding ground into a structure below ground level, whether this be completely under or partly underground.

I have been honoured to serve as a peer in the review committee.  Whilst the review is currently, still under revision, it’s launch is imminent, and I’ll look forward to sharing the updates with you once it’s published.

BS8102:2009 is without doubt, a great Standard and will only be enhanced when the update is finalised.  What is clear is that levels of understanding within the sector and the value of manufacturers, such as Delta having an input into design approaches, along with specialist contractors and designers.

Looking back, over the decade since BS8102:2009 was updated from BS8102:1990, the waterproofing industry has changed, new technologies and products came up and waterproofing design has rapidly developed.

The importance of following Best Practices in industry is still pivotal in project success.

The growth of the waterproofing industry has significantly transformed since 2009, from new innovative technologies, such as in cold applied liquid waterproofing to ground gas protection/waterproofing to the impacts from the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

With a multitude of structural waterproofing products now available on the marketplace, specifiers, architects, and contractors must ensure they thoroughly research products and the product suitability for intended purposes.  Treading carefully to establish compliance with Building Regulations and Approved Documents.

When it comes to waterproofing design, crucial considerations are and will remain with:

  • Product compatibility with the project
  • The use of products
  • Installation
  • Detailing
  • Risk reduction
  • Substrate preparation

If these are not carried out properly, there is a chance that the waterproofing solution will fail.

Whether you are installing or specifying a waterproofing solution, consider the project requirements from compliance to specific performance characteristics of products.

Our website keeps track of our latest updates, or you can follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn. As always, I’d welcome any comments you may have just send me a message by email to info@deltamembranes.com.

Kevin Dodds, Managing Director, Delta Membrane Systems Limited

Kevin designs a wide range of solutions in the UK, including structural waterproofing, ground gas protection, ground gas protection and waterproofing and flood resilience for both commercial and residential projects.  Kevin has been at the forefront of developments within the Waterproofing Sector having been a valid committee member of the BSI BS 8102 Review Committee 2009 and the NHBC Task Group for the New Standards of Waterproofing of Basements and Other Below Ground Structures.

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