DIY Dream or Risky Venture? Owner Building in South Africa
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DIY Dream or Risky Venture? Owner Building in South Africa

A Review Based on Personal Experience Having just finished totally updating the ever-popular title, The Complete Book of Owner Building in South Africa I am left wondering whether owner building is a good idea or not. We’ve completed the exercise three times, and not once made any money, or in fact, even got our money…

5 parts of The NHBRC

5 parts of The NHBRC

1. The National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) gives protection against shoddy workmanship The National Home Builders Registration Council was established in terms of the Housing Consumers Protection Measures Act, 1998 to regulate the building industry and protect home buyers against shoddy workmanship. Motivation at the time was largely charged by fly-by-night-builders who were conning…

Requirements & General Principles SANS 10400 Part A

Requirements & General Principles SANS 10400 Part A

Design, Planning and Supervision of All Construction Work Must Follow a Legal Process The comprehensive framework outlined in the SANS 10400, otherwise known as the Code of Practice for the Application of the National Building Regulations (NBR), serves as the backbone for ensuring compliance within the construction and building industry. Each section of this code…

When is “Off-Grid” Actually “Off-Grid”? Expert Advice with 4 Options

When is “Off-Grid” Actually “Off-Grid”? Expert Advice with 4 Options

Ways to cope with loadshedding Beleaguered South African Electricity consumers have latched onto a new social media meme when they install a solar panel or two and a battery. They then rush out to their favourite hang-out and proudly boast about how they are going “off-grid.” Then they quote a number, normally somewhere below R150,000.00….

Will SA’s Low Emission Energy Development Strategy for Nett Zero Emissions by 2050 Succeed?

Will SA’s Low Emission Energy Development Strategy for Nett Zero Emissions by 2050 Succeed?

Energy! The first phase, Starting Right, is already behind schedule. It seems that the SETs and other plans may only be developed later this year.  Updated Climate Plan On 24 March 2021, Cabinet approved an updated draft NDC for public comment. It has been widely criticized for not being ambitious enough and falling short of…

Implications of Non-Compliant Electric Fencing and Outdated Certificates of Compliance

Implications of Non-Compliant Electric Fencing and Outdated Certificates of Compliance

By Penny Swift Author Electricity is a charged subject that often shocks those who don’t realize how important compliance is. Home Security Just look at all the illegal electrical connections looming over informal settlements. Notice people on social media asking who can do electrical jobs cheaply. Do they even realize that only qualified, registered electricians…

Building Stopped on Non-Compliant Site After Complaints

Building Stopped on Non-Compliant Site After Complaints

By PENNY SWIFT Building Not According to Approved Plans The City of Cape Town recently ordered builders to halt the construction of a Gordon’s Bay house because the project did not comply with the National Building Regulations (NBR) and is a non-compliant site. In fact, work has been stopped several times, and only after repeated…

Design Your Own Kitchen – A Good Layout Makes A Good Kitchen 4 Types

Design Your Own Kitchen – A Good Layout Makes A Good Kitchen 4 Types

Picture Above: The open-plan approach to kitchen design allows optimum use of available space and also creates an illusion of roominess. This arrangement is a sensible combination of the sociable and the practical, with the eating counter also serving as a work surface. How To Do A Good Kitchen Layout – The Basics A good…