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Industry expert panel discussion – The building defects crisis.

March 31 @ 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Live industry expert panel discussion covering the building defects crisis in Sydney

Mecca Events will be hosting the 3rd event in the Building Defects Crisis series on 31 March in Sydney. Due to the high level of audience questions and discussion at the first two seminars, the third event will be a Q&A panel discussion moderated by legal expert, Helen Kowal of Swaab Lawyers. Helen will be joined by the leading industry experts, to discuss all aspects of this wide-ranging topic, and how it is affecting all facets of the construction industry. 

  • Helen Kowal, Swaab Lawyers (moderator)
  • Paul Ratcliff, waterproofing
  • Tadd Walford, structural and civil engineering
  • Peter Karsai, façade & cladding specialist

Prior to the panel discussion, Helen will provide an update on the current state of the NSW Construction Industry and a brief outline of the issues covered in the first two seminars. This will include discussion on the Design and Building Practitioners Draft Bill 2019, what impact this legislation will have on your legal obligations, compliance with the NCC, what is considered a breach,  your potential statutory duty of care, what the roles of Project Managers are and a snapshot of the appointed Building Commissioner’s role, powers and goals.

The industry expert panel will be answering the questions important to you in all areas of construction and leading discussion on the major factors affecting our construction industry.

In addition to the industry expert panel, we will also be putting our waterproofing sponsors, Danrae, Sika, Ardex and Waterproofing Integrity, under the spotlight to find out what positive steps they are taking to help support builders and others resolve the defects. This will be moderated by waterproofing expert, Paul Ratcliff.

Throughtout the evenning, the audience will have the chance to submit questions in advance, and anonymously, as well as live at the event. Further details on this will be provided following registration.

Cost to attend is $85 per person plus GST. The price includes pre dinner canapes and drinks. Bookings can be made for groups of 4 or more for a discounted rate.

The Mecca Events Building Defects Series is specifically designed for Architects, Engineers, Builders, Designers, Building Owners and other Construction Professionals.

Builders attending can apply for CPD training points following the seminar.

Meet the Panel

Helen Kowal

Swaab Lawyers (moderator)

Helen’s legal career has spanned over 25 years in general practice and, for the past decade, she has specialised in building, construction, property and strata. Helen has worked for many owners corporations, developers and builders in every facet of building and construction law and within all jurisdictions. 

Paul Ratcliff

Building & Waterproofing Inspections

Paul is one of the top waterproofing consultants in Australia and spends a lot of time at the Supreme Court presenting his findings on building faults and moisture penetration. His 30 years’ practical, onsite experience provides a strong foundation in understanding how structures are built and why they fail.

Tadd Walford

Partridge Engineers

Tadd joined Partridge in 2016 and has over 14 years’ knowledge in the field of structural engineering consulting. He has extensive experience in the design and site supervision of residential, industrial, commercial and civil works projects, in concrete, steel, masonry and timber, and the investigation, reporting and remediation of structural building defects.

Peter Karsai

Aecom Engineering

Peter started his career as a structural engineer before moving into the area of facades where he has now been a specialist for over 30 years. During that time, Peter’s project-related work has ranged from new “landmark” projects, to major rectification/renewal projects, through to detailed design support for cladding subcontractors. Peter is also a director of “Facade Industry Australasia”, a recently formed not-for-profit organisation that has just been set up to help focus the facade industry towards better outcomes for both the industry and society.


Mezzanine Level
50 Margaret Street
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia