Helping our building to breathe better
Following the completion of the external facade upgrade to the rear of the Old Parliament House building, work commenced this month on stage two of the external facade upgrade to the roof levels.
The facade of the roof is in need of some attention. Much of the render has deteriorated over years of exposure and is now only being held to the building by layers of paint.
The intent of the external facade upgrade project is to save the render from further deterioration and also to go back to using a breathable paint. Since the 1970s the building has been painted with acrylics which are not breathable and do not allow moisture to escape. This combined with the colder climate in Canberra means that any trapped moisture freezes in winter and causes the render to come away (delaminate) from the building facade. Re- applying a breathable paint will stop this from happening.
Over the next six months, old layers of paint will be carefully stripped back to reveal the render. Once the render is revealed, work will be undertaken to rectify any weak and delaminating areas. Following this the new breathable paint will be applied.
We’ll keep you updated on how the project progresses…