The Anatomy of a Leak

Full price: $134.00
Member: $100.00


Course outline
Course structure and materials
Length of course
CPD hours
Learning outcome
Competency standards

Course outline

Water leaks remain the most frequently occurring and most expensive defect in modern buildings. With the surge in apartment dwelling construction, the frequency of leaks is increasing. Furthermore new regulations mean that designers are more likely to be in the firing line for legal action taken against builders and developers for building defects.

Ross has analysed the defects in thousands of home units to find the common features in design and procurement that lead to leaks occurring. Using a real case study of a large apartment complex, Ross will show how the leaks originate well before the waterproofer turns up with a bucket of goo and a 20 year warranty. The second half of the seminar will be devoted to workshopping the analysis of an actual high rise apartment design. Ross will provide insights into the key issues to look for in defect prevention and the documentation necessary to manage your practices' risk.

AACA Competency: Design

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Ross Taylor is a specialist waterproofing and building defects consultant with over 40 years’ experience locally and internationally. He provides strategic and technical advice to building owners and lawyers involved in major defect disputes as well as forensic analysis of waterproofing defects in existing large scale structures.

Ross conducts design review workshops of major new residential, commercial and health services structures and provides strategic guidance and training in waterproofing and façade defect prevention and rectification for Architects, Builders and Engineers.

Notable recent commissions:

  • Housing NSW affordable housing program - Design review and defect prevention strategies for 10,000 dwellings.
  • Barrangaroo Development - Review of design and analysis of waterproofing issues.
  • Health Infrastructure NSW- Design review and workshop facilitation for 8 new hospital complexes.
  • Wentworth Point Homebush Bay precinct, Defects analysis and negotiated rectification of 550 new units.
  • New Delhi India. 9 x 30 story Apartment Buildings - Design review and defect risk assessment.
  • Health Infrastructure - Bathroom waterproofing condition audit across 10 hospitals.

    Ross lectures extensively to Architects, Builders and Students, providing the National Series Lecture in 2014 which was very well received nationally.

    Course structure and materials

  • Audio-visual Flash presentation
  • Formal assessment

    Length of course

    2 hours

    Continuing professional development hours


    2 formal Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points.

    Learning outcome

    After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate how to prevent leaks at the design stage
  • Manage risk with regards to waterproofing
  • Create the required documentation for defect prevention
  • Recognise the real causes of leaks

    National Competency Standards in Architecture



    Full Price $134.00
    Member $100.00
    Practice Membership / A+ $91.00
    Graduate Member $91.00
    SONA Member (student) $51.00

    Pricing is inclusive of GST.

    Published on: 22/05/2017

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