Protecting the Blind Side: Waterproofing Design Considerations

Critical functions and expensive equipment are being placed in below-grade locations that require a water-tight environment, which can be impacted by poorly designed or installed waterproofing systems and assemblies.

This presentation is intended to educate building owners, facility managers, designers, and builders about the options for blind-side below-grade waterproofing, including materials and installation methods. The presenters will review design concepts, detailing, surface preparations, application methods, and quality control procedures. They will present a case study of a facility that was experiencing leaks as a result of compromised blind-side waterproofing systems. They will also review relevant details and their analysis of the factors contributing to the water infiltration.

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