Published on March 26, 2016 · Category News
This article first appeared in Accounting Weekly:

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If you are in the damp proofing business (or, indeed, the owner of a soggy building), pay attention: a new technology called Aquapol claims to solve the problem of rising damp in a matter of months. And the company is looking to set up sales offices across the country.

Here’s the kicker: the Aquapol device is about the size of a lamp fitting, has no moving or electrical parts, no batteries, and is warrantied for 20 years.

In case you think this is one of those Youtube free energy devices assembled by some mad scientist in his back yard, think again. According to Warren Bruckmann, Aquapol’s marketing executive, this is the world’s first commercially available free energy device, and it’s been around for 30 years in Europe, and about three years in the U.S.

With more than 50,000 installations around the world, the technology is proven beyond doubt, says Bruckmann.

Aquapol installations include such notable historical sites as the Budapest parliament building, the Joseph Haydn Museum in Austria; the Greek Oriental Church in Vienna, Schlatt Castle in Germany. Water infiltration is a major headache for historical and other buildings, and can get so bad that buildings become uninhabitable. Hence, the Aquapol solution makes sense if you are concerned about the ravages of time and water – or if want to preserve and protect your building against any future water infiltration.

Bruckmann adds that there are more than 150 installations in South Africa so far, with clients that include Sun City, the Balalaika Hotel in Sandton and the Gauteng Department of Public Works. Aquapol has won multiple awards for its innovative and eco-friendly technology, including the Polish Jury Award for Monument Conservation.

Aquapol’s inventor is an Austrian engineer by the name of Willy Mohorn, who adapted a technological discovery of another genius inventor, Nikola Tesla (who developed alternating current, fluorescent lighting, radio and dozens of other technologies now in common use).

Free energy? How is that possible? Bruckmann admits that customers are often sceptical over claims of free energy. Aquapol apparently reverses the electrical polarity of water in buildings, driving tons of water molecules back into the ground. The technology makes use of a poorly understood part of the energy spectrum – gravo-magnetic energy.

“Most of our clients are not too interested in the technology behind this – which is in itself fascinating – they just want to have their buildings dried out,” says Bruckmann.

Rising damp is a huge problem around the world, undermining the structural integrity of buildings. This often leads to what is called “Sick Building Syndrome” where tenants suffer from a bewildering catalogue of bronchial and other health issues, such as influenza and allergies. A 1984 World Health Organisation report suggested up to 30% of new and remodelled buildings worldwide may be subject of complaints related to poor indoor air quality.  One of the primary causes of “Sick Building Syndrome” is rising damp.

Not only does Aquapol dry out the building, it also apparently improves the overall wellbeing of the tenants, according to independent research by Professor K. A. Lotz, a leading German scientist in the area of building biology. It apparently does this by eliminating rising damp as a source of air contaminants and floods the environment with negative ions – that’s the energizing stuff you get when you go to the coast, mountains or a waterfall.

But the real benefit to users is Aquapol’s ability to dry out buildings – permanently. The cost savings on maintenance alone seems to justify the investment. The evidence suggests that a building plagued by rising damp will require structural repair at least once every two or three years, not to mention plastering and paint work, with all the inconvenience that implies for tenants and owners. Once the building is dried out by Aquapol, some fairly light touch-ups are all that are needed.

Compare this to traditional damp proofing: new buildings are required by law to lay down what is known as a DPC or Damp-Proof Course, which is a tough plastic sheet to keep ground water from creeping up the walls. The problem is that buildings move and these DPCs get punctured. Water will find the smallest hole and seep through. Then you call in the damp proofing specialists and they often recommend a process known as “trenching” where they dig a two-metre trench around the building and apply a water-proof coating. But even these are prone to puncturing, so two years later you are back where you started.

Bruckmann says this is a game changing technology. The world is on the brink of an alternative energy revolution, and the search for the holy grail of free energy may lead straight to Aquapol’s front door. This is something so revolutionary that it is set to change the face of the damp proofing industry once and for all. More than that, it broadens our understanding of these previously “hidden” and poorly understood energy sources.