The Australian housing market demands affordable, quality homes. For a potential buyer inspecting a newly-built home, the only observable measures of build quality are often cosmetic and functional – is the paint finish flawless? Do the doors close smoothly?

For a consumer, it is often not possible to see beneath the surface to judge how well the house itself was built. Proper water management is one of those qualities that is unfortunately difficult to verify. Basic tools of building science like blower doors and infrared cameras can help to…