Practitioner Education Series – Research insights: Water damage and the risk of mould in buildings

This webinar will provide an overview of the findings from research conducted by the Victorian Building Authority (VBA), in partnership with the Victorian Managed Insurance Authority (VMIA) and Victoria University, to identify patterns and clusters of problematic building work that could result in indoor mould.

The webinar will increase practitioner awareness of causes and impacts of indoor mould in Victorian buildings, and how to reduce its likelihood through improved design, construction, plumbing, and inspection practices in high-risk areas.

About the presenters:

Dr Tim Law is an architectural scientist, and at the time of undertaking the research was a lecturer and course chair of building surveying at Victoria University. In 2016, Dr Law co-authored a Scoping Study of Condensation in Residential Buildings for the Australian Building Codes Board, which became the basis for the condensation management provisions in the National Construction Code 2019.

Anwar Gayed is the VBA’s Principal Plumbing Specialist, and a chartered professional mechanical engineer with more than 22 years local and international experience in the design and construction of hydraulic services. Anwar has worked on a broad range of projects within multiple sectors including the residential, healthcare, defence, education and commercial sectors.

Andrew Cialini is an industry advocate for building surveyors and building practitioners across Victoria in his role as State Building Surveyor. Andrew is passionate about the industry and its future. He has led the creation and implementation of the Code of Conduct for Building Surveyors to improve standards, trust and oversight in the building industry and help keep Victorians safe. Andrew is also driving new career pathways to address the critical shortage of building surveyors.

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