PCA Waterproofing Design Specialist Register (WDS)
BS8102:2009 – Code of Practice for protection of below ground structures against water from the ground, recommends that a specialist in waterproofing is included in the design team for any structure where usable space is fully or partly below the ground level.
This is set out in section 4.2 of BS 8102:2009 under the heading ‘Design Team.’ The code states that:
“A waterproofing specialist should be included as part of the design team so that an integrated waterproofing solution is created.”
The waterproofing specialist should:
a) be suitably experienced
b) be capable of devising solutions that accommodate the various project constraints and needs
c) provide the design team with information and guidance that assists with and influences the design, installation and future maintenance of the waterproofed structure.
In the past an architect has often taken responsibility for waterproofing when designing below ground projects. Many would however acknowledge that they lack the training or expertise necessary to consider themselves waterproofing specialists.
Find a specialist using the new Waterproofing Design Specialists (WDS) Register
Until now there has been no register or central point where individuals with the relevant skills can identify themselves. In the past the only way to recognise an individual who has successfully achieved the Certificated Surveyor in Structural Waterproofing (CSSW) qualification is to ask individual companies if they employ such a person.
With the publication of the register of Waterproofing Design Specialists, developers, architects and builders can quickly locate individual practitioners who can assist in the design and planning of underground waterproofing. This ability will allow them to conform to the recommendation set out so clearly in BS8102.
The availability of the register will ensure that a properly vetted and approved Waterproofing Design Specialist, is available and accessible to the leader of any design team.
Skills required to be on the Waterproofing Design Specialist register
In order to be accepted onto the register of Waterproofing Design Specialists the individual must:-.
- Demonstrate competence in all aspects of structural waterproofing
- Be a member or be employed by a member of the Property Care Association
- Have attained the Certificated Surveyor in Structural Waterproofing (CSSW) qualification
- Have an on-going commitment to skills development and participate in the PCA’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) scheme
- Hold Professional Indemnity Insurance
Applying to join the WDS Register
Related documents for applying to join the WDS Register are available to download below:
As with all companies and individuals that retain membership with the PCA, those featured on the Register must observe the Association’s Code of Ethics and all the relevant Standards that relate to the conduct and behaviour of members.
WDS Member Search
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Current members of the WDS, by region, can be found using the links below.