Update on Christchurch’s solution to flooding

Further to our blog post on 14 July regarding Christchurch City Council’s plan to apply a waterproof membrane to houses affected by flooding (read our blog post here), use of the membrane has been described as a success, with reports that it may now be used as a solution to Auckland’s leaky building problem.

The membrane was applied to the outside of a test house in Christchurch’s Flockton Basin, then a moat was created around the outside to see if the water made its way in. The moat was left filled for 72 hours, with reports that very little water made its way inside.

Seamless Coatings, one of three companies applying the waterproofing membrane in Christchurch, now has plans to apply the membrane to a monolithic-clad high rise building in Auckland, in an attempt to stem problems with water ingress.

It appears that there are high hopes for this membrane product, and we will be keeping a close eye on how these latest developments work out.

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