Foundations, Keeping Your Bottom Dry: Basement Waterproofing Methods with Dr. John Straube

In this webinar, Foundations, Keeping Your Bottom Dry, Dr. John Straube dives into basement waterproofing methods for foundations and below-grade structures.

Learn how to reduce your risk of water-related damage by keeping your bottom dry.


Learn the best ways to waterproof a basement.

What will you learn in this webinar?

  • Basic basement waterproofing systems and their characteristics in terms of water, air, and thermal control
  • Strategies for appropriate material selection, installation methods, the best basement waterproofing products, and other common design- and construction-related decisions
  • Why foundation type and method of placement matter
  • How to evaluate project constraints and choose the right foundation waterproofing methods for the job


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About John Straube

John Straube, Ph.D., P.Eng., is a Principal at RDH Building Science Inc., where he heads forensic investigations and leads research projects in the areas of low-energy building design, building enclosure performance, hydrothermal analysis, and field monitoring of wall assemblies. He is also a prolific writer and a noted public speaker.

In addition to his work with RDH, Dr. Straube is a cross-appointed faculty member in the School of Architecture and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Waterloo. Dr. Straube’s leadership as a building scientist and an educator has been recognized with multiple awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award in Building Science Education from the National Consortium of Housing Research Centers (NCHRC) and the Professional Leadership Award from the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA). Get the full scope of Dr. Straube’s work, awards, and contributions to the industry over at RDH.