The Waterproofing of Buildings – Paul Koning
The Waterproofing of Buildings, a complete guide and consolidated source of information pertaining to all aspects of the Waterproofing of Buildings in South Africa. This book is intended as a study guide for all students of building related studies. For architects, building contractors, specialist waterproofing contractors and others, it will serve as a reference book and a refresher course.
Paul Koning was educated in England and immigrated to South Africa in 1969. He has been involved in the building industry for over 44 years, with 39 of them in waterproofing. In 1970 he joined Ready Mixed Concrete and was involved in setting up the Vandex agency. In 1970 he was asked to join a young, but up and coming construction company in Cape Town as their buyer. Soon after that he was approached to take over and run flailing roofing and waterproofing company in Port Elizabeth and in 1974 he to the challenge and moved. Paul was the founder of G.P Koning (Pty) Ltd in 1973, and over 30 years became the largest waterproofing company in the Western Cape, which included a small roofing and lightweight screeding section.
He was personally involved on numerous major projects in the Western Cape region, assisting with design, waterproofing details, contract management, etc. Some of these contracts were:- The Cape Town Castle, Sanlam Head Office, Quay 6, Ratanga Junction, Century City, Tygervalley Centre and the Cape Town International Convention Centre.
Just over ten years ago he sold all his interests in the contracting company and established his consulting business, GPK Construction Consultants, which offered services that include; Investigating and compiling comprehensive reports on various problems on buildings; The compilation of full specifications and “Scopes of Works”, suitable for tendering purposes; The ongoing supervision and quality control of works; Assistance in waterproofing designs and detailing at “drawing board” stage. These services are offered internationally, which has included a large project in the Seychelles.
Paul Koning was a founder member of The Waterproofing Association Cape and was Chairman for many years. He also was one of the founders of the Waterproofing Federation of Southern Africa (WFSA) and was their President for many years. He represented the Waterproofing Trade on the National Executive of the Building Industries Federation of South Africa (BIFSA) and on the Peninsula Master Builders Association (MBA) for many years. Within both bodies he was Chairman of the respective sub-contracting committees. He assisted in writing the first Waterproofing Competence Based Training course (CBT) for BIFSA. He was instrumental in getting waterproofing registered as a trade with SAQA (South African Qualifications Authority). He has produced, with a help from industry, a proposed amendment for the Good Code of Waterproofing Practice to be incorporated in revised SANS 10400 South African National Standard, the National Building Regulations. Part L: Roofs, 2008 Edition.
Paul currently sits on the SABS SC 60L committee dealing with the SANS 10400 Section L Roofs of the Building Regulations and the SANS 10021 Waterproofing of Buildings Standard. He was instrumental in rewriting the section on waterproofing in 2009 in the SANS 10400 Section L Roofs.
He was made a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building (FCIOB) in January 2004. Paul has been accredited by the Cape Institute of Architects to be able to present waterproofing workshops to architects for their Continued Professional Development (CPD) points. He also gives waterproofing seminars and workshops to architectural students at universities. For over four years one of his clients was a large national paint manufacturer, Midas Earthcote within the top management of the company. His consulting responsibilities involved him in; the designing of training programmes for specialist applicators and their web based on-line product training for the sales staff and franchisee staff; investigating paint related problems, as well as other technical issues regarding painting. He also instigated and designed a specification writing program.
Paul is also author and publisher of the first South African book on waterproofing called, “The Waterproofing of Buildings – Paul Koning”, a complete and consolidated source of information pertaining to all aspects of waterproofing of buildings in South Africa. The second print is already sold out. Base on this book he has compiled an abridged version specifically used for training waterproofers and waterproofing contract managers and supervisors.
At the beginning of 2013 Mike Vadas, original owner and managing director of Midas Earthcote, and Henk Blom, previous owner and managing director of Schneider Bruce joined forces and formed KVB Associates, Professional Advisors in the Built Environment. This association still offers exactly the same services as GPK Construction Consultants with even more expertise in the painting and coating industry.
Paul has Professional Indemnity insurance cover to the value of R2 million, which is extended to the other members of KVB Associates.
The Waterproofing of Buildings – Paul Koning
A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR
From many years of experience as a specialist waterproofing contractor it became more and more evident that greater attention and emphasis was, and still is, needed on “The Waterproofing of Buildings”. Over five years ago my work began on this book. As it progressed steadily, I made every effort to cover all aspects of waterproofing. The book got bigger and bigger!!
Other elements, unrelated to the actual waterproofing, such as drainage, insulation, transition of moisture, condensation, wind influence on buildings and safety etc. all having an influence on the waterproofing in one way or another are touched on briefly. There are also two separate chapters dedicated to damp-proof courses in walls and flashings to low and steep pitched sheet and tile/slate roofs, both closely related to the “watertightness” of buildings.
In summary, I have tried to be as informative, correct and up-to-date as possible on the main subject, “The Waterproofing of Buildings”, at the same time trying to provide brief information on other influencing issues where further supplementary reading and investigation might be necessary.
Midas Paints Tygervalley