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As we continue on our journey to a future of sustainable building, the ever-present question of condensation management has slowly moved up the agenda. Failure to understand, adapt and address the risk of condensation poses direct threats to the quality of the structures we build and the health of their occupants. This is why, now more than ever, it is important to have a New Conversation about Condensation.

The Building Designers Association of Australia will host our next condensation event in April/ May, presented by industry expert Andy Russell of Proctor Group Australia:

Andy has worked with building envelope specialists Proctor Group in the UK and in Japan, including a spell on secondment to a major prefabricated house manufacturer. In his suitcase on arrival in Australia in 2007 he carried some of the first vapour permeable ProctorWrap membranes seen here. He was a contributor to the first edition of the “Condensation Handbook” published by the ABCB in 2011 and has presented across Australia on this subject to BDAA members, and the AIA Refuel National Seminar Series. Andy is motivated, however possible, building by building, to improve the health and comfort of our built environment and positively impact the mental and physical health of current and future generations of their occupants.

This is a 6-part series that will take place 1 hour a day, 2 days per week, for 3 weeks in a lunch and learn style.

The sessions will be presented 1pm-2pm Brisbane each session:

28th / 29th April

5th / 6th May 

12th / 13th May.

Designers will earn 6 Formal CPD points.

Thermal Performance Assessors will earn 1 x Category 1 CPD point for knowledge in relation to NCC & 2 x Category 2 CPD points for attending this event in relation to Industry Knowledge.

$249 for members and $349 for non members.

The topics covered will be:

1. The Basics:

In the first session we consider the theory of where, why, and when condensation occurs and lay down the building science foundations for future sessions. We consider the key control layers within the building envelope and the importance of building location and building use for managing condensation risk.

2. Codes, Guidance and Modelling:

In the second session we look at how moisture issues have been addressed overseas and the evolution of codes, standards, and guidance here in Australia. We discover the bare minimum code requirements, and the extra measures that we need to consider for best practice and more robust design. We will cover the different modelling tools used to aid design and ask when, and why modelling can help us.

3. Rain on the roof or drips on the ceiling ?

One part of the building where condensation issues have been most evident is in the roof space. Our love in Australia of the low-pitched metal roof adds risks and challenges at design stage and then getting these designs installed as intended. We consider issues and strategies for all roof types including bush fire zones.

4. Ventilation -Does a building need to breathe ?

Air tightness is sometimes accused of being the problem, where it can play a key part of the solution. In this session we look at the role of different types of cavities within the building enclosure and the importance of effective ventilation of the occupied space in managing indoor moisture loads and thus condensation and mould risk.

5. Case Studies, problem solving and renovation

In this session we look to apply our learnings to understand and identify risk at design stage and with the aid of case studies to diagnose problems. We also look at the risks and difficulties in the rectification and upgrade of existing buildings.

6. Implementation and delivering good buildings

We conclude with a review of previous sessions and consider methodologies to ensure that condensation does not end up being an afterthought at design, construction, or certification stage. Learn how to answer the common questions and separate myths from reality. We set ourselves some individual goals to implement best practice and look to bring others along for the journey.

To register for The Condensed Version: The New Conversation about Condensation, click HERE. Join the New Conversation!