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.

The Waterproofing of Buildings - Paul Koning
The Waterproofing of Buildings - Paul Koning
The Waterproofing of Buildings - Paul Koning
The Waterproofing of Buildings - Paul Koning

A resumé and brief history of Paul Koning and his involvement in the building industry.

Paul Koning was educated in England and immigrated to South Africa in 1969. He has been involved in the building industry for over 50 years, with 48 of them in waterproofing. In 1970 he joined Ready Mixed Concrete and was involved in setting up the Vandex agency. In 1971 he was asked to join a young 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 1973 he took the challenge and moved to the Eastern Cape. In 1974 he moved back to Cape Town and formed G.P Koning (Pty) Ltd, which probably became the largest waterproofing company in the Western Cape. The company had a small roofing section, a lightweight screeding division and a painting and specialist coating division.

During his time as a specialist contractor, 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 to name but a few.

Twenty years ago he sold all his interests in the contracting company and established his consulting business, GPK Construction Consultants, which offered services such as:- Investigating and compiling comprehensive reports on various problems on buildings: The compilation of full specifications and “Scopes of Works”, suitable for tendering purposes; The assessment and quality control of works; The design and detailing of waterproofing on major projects at “drawing board” stage. Being appointed as expert witnesses in court cases and arbitrations. These services are offered internationally, and have been involved with projects in the Seychelles; Nairobi, Kenya; Harare, Zimbabwe, Gaborone, Botswana and Victoria Falls on the Zambian side.

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 with Paul 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 the coating industry.

Paul Koning was a founder member of The Waterproofing Association Cape and was Chairman for many years. He also was one of the founder members of the Waterproofing Federation of Southern Africa (WFSA) and was their President for numerous years. He represented the Waterproofing Trade on the National Executive of the Building Industries Federation of South Africa (BIFSA), now Mater Builders Association South Africa (MBASA) 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 sits on the SANS 10400 Building Regulations Part L committee for roofs and produced, with some help from industry, amendments to the “Deemed to satisfy” Good Code of Practices for waterproofing incorporated in revised SANS 10400 South African National Standard, the National Building Regulations. Part L: Roofs, 2011 Edition. There are more amendments to the 2011 Edition that are being gazette.

Paul currently sits on the SABS SC 60L committee dealing with the SANS 10021 “The Waterproofing of Buildings, (including and Damp-proofing and vapour barrier installation). He was instrumental in convincing the SABS to revise the standard in 2009.

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 the industry and lectures to architectural students at universities.

For over four years he was consulting to a large national paint manufacturer, Midas Earthcote within the top management of the company. His 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 and re-writing of their product data sheets. He also instigated and designed a specification writing programe.

Paul is also author and publisher of the first South African book on waterproofing called, “The Waterproofing of Buildings”, a complete and consolidated source of information pertaining to all aspects of waterproofing of buildings in South Africa. The third 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. Over the years Paul has been appointed as an “expert witness” in some interesting and large court cases.

Paul has Professional Indemnity insurance cover to the value of R2 million, which is extended to the other members of KVB Associates.

Roofing and Waterproofing Institute RAWI
Green Building Council
Paintsmiths Group
Master Builders Association Boland
Master Builders and Allied Trades' Association, Western Cape