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May 2019 - Leaky Homes

with Thomas Wutzler, Director & Shareholder of Helfen Ltd

Thomas will be touching on the following items in his presentation:-

  1. Changes in regulations
  2. Risks in buying and selling
  3. Reduce risk
  4. Case studies
  5. Remediation

Helfen Ltd undertakes a range of activities associated with building failures encompassing the provision of expert advice on issues relating to building failures, remedial design advice in relation to buildings which have suffered from water ingress and contract administration services for the repair of such buildings.

Helfen provides these services in relation to a wide range of buildings although recently the emphasis has been on the provision of remedial design and contract administration and expert advice in relation to building disputes relating to multi-unit developments. Clients have included Body Corporates, home owners, developers, Building Consent Authorities, insurance companies, Government Departments, product manufacturers and distributors and other building professionals.

Over the last 19 years, Thomas has been involved in providing expert advice and reports for the purposes of approximately 200 matters in either the Weathertight Homes Resolution Service (“WHRS”) or District and High Court proceedings and has also appeared as an expert witness in the District Court, High Court and in WHRS Judicial Settlement Conferences, mediations and adjudications on approximately 100 occasions.

Helfen has been involved with the design and contract administration for the remediation of approximately 100 buildings which had been diagnosed with water ingress problems.

In 2011 he was engaged by Department of Building and Housing to provide advice and input into the DBH publication “Weathertightness: Guide to the diagnosis of leaky buildings” which was published in May 2011 and to provide advice and input into the DBH publication entitled “Dealing with timber in leaky buildings” published in June 2012.

and Gerald Evans from Flashclad


FLASHCLAD is a fully NZ owned, national company specialising in highly innovative, aesthetically superior, premium quality, powder coated, Cladding and Flashing Systems which provide unsurpassed weathertightness performance, low maintenance and extreme durability. Designed by knowledgeable, practical and experienced weathertightness veterans.


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