The primary purpose of below-grade waterproofing is not to keep water out of the basement, although that is an important consideration. Rather, its role is to protect the foundation and the entire building structure from the damaging effects of liquids and vapors.
Winners of the RCI 2016 Document Competition were recognized at the annual luncheon during the 31st RCI International convention and trade show in Orlando last month. The initiative honors members’ excellence in roofing, waterproofing, and exterior wall construction project documentation.
Over the 60 years I have been writing specifications, I have not read a single satisfactory suggestion as to how to deal with the thorny subject of “or equal” when it applies to below-grade waterproofing.
A recent 60 Minutes episode, “Falling Apart,” noted America’s roads, bridges, airports, and rail lines are outdated, neglected, and need to be fixed. The segment goes on to state, “nearly 70,000 bridges in America—one out of every nine—is considered to be structurally deficient.”
The Chicago Roofing Contractors Association (CRCA) is hosting Roofing and Waterproofing: Get Your Facts Straight—its trade show and seminar event in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois. The two-day event will take place in January.