South African Building Regulations: New Updates?
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South African Building Regulations: New Updates?

Key Changes and Updates in the SANS Building Regulations? The landscape of building regulations in South Africa is ever-evolving, reflecting advances in construction technology, changes in societal needs, and a growing emphasis on safety and sustainability. For homeowners, builders, and architects, staying informed about the latest updates and changes to South African building regulations is…

SANS 10400 Made Easy: Your Homeowner’s Guide to Compliance
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SANS 10400 Made Easy: Your Homeowner’s Guide to Compliance

A Full Guide to Compliance When it comes to owning and maintaining a home in South Africa, understanding and complying with the building regulations is crucial. The South African National Standard, SANS 10400, provides the framework for these regulations, covering various aspects of construction, safety, and sustainability. For homeowners, architects, and builders, navigating this complex…

Before You Demolish: Essential Rules You Need to Know (Part E)
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Before You Demolish: Essential Rules You Need to Know (Part E)

Site Safety during Demolitions-Part E The process of demolition is a critical precursor to new construction, but it requires a nuanced understanding of safety regulations outlined in Part E of the National Building Regulations. Part E serves as a guiding light, emphasizing common sense and the exercise of caution. It essentially delves into three pivotal…

The Truth About Building Without NHBRC. It is illegal.
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The Truth About Building Without NHBRC. It is illegal.

To Build without the NHBRC (National Home Builders Registration Council) in South Africa is not recommended, as it is a legal requirement to register with the NHBRC when constructing a new home. The NHBRC was established in South Africa to regulate the home building industry and ensure quality standards and consumer protection. While it might…

What is The Latest Version of SANS 10400?
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What is The Latest Version of SANS 10400?

The latest version of SANS 10400 in South Africa is SANS 10400:2011, also known as the National Building Regulations (NBR). However, please note that regulations and standards are subject to updates and revisions, and there may have been newer versions released since then. “The National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) is revising its home-building manual…

When Did Genuine SANS 10400 Come Into Effect?
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When Did Genuine SANS 10400 Come Into Effect?

The South African National Standard (SANS) 10400, also known as the Building Regulations, is a set of standards and regulations that govern the construction and maintenance of buildings in South Africa. These regulations cover various aspects of building design, construction, and safety to ensure that buildings are safe, healthy, and sustainable. The SANS 10400 regulations…

Shocking Truth: Are You Breaking Electric Fence Laws?
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Shocking Truth: Are You Breaking Electric Fence Laws?

Can you spot the electric fence violations in this picture? We spotted this electric fence installation recently and were shocked to think that a compliance certificate might have been issued. The alternative is that the owners or administrators of the wall used an unqualified electric fence installer, in which case there would be no compliance…

Is Your Electric Fence a Legal Liability? Find Out Now!
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Is Your Electric Fence a Legal Liability? Find Out Now!

By Penny Swift Author Implications of Non-Compliant Electric Fencing and Outdated Certificates of Compliance 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…

Engineer Specs: Your Blueprint for Building Confidence & Quality
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Engineer Specs: Your Blueprint for Building Confidence & Quality

The Photograph above: By Valenciano – Self-photographed, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=29802079 Engineers Design Buildings for a Purpose Engineers around the world will design a structure based on the brief given to them by a developer. The basis for any good design is to have a structure that is “fit for purpose” for which it is…

Nkandla is Probably the Most Costly Owner Building Project
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Nkandla is Probably the Most Costly Owner Building Project

Nkandla – At What Cost? Traditions come and go, and it seems once again to be a growing trend to have extended family living together in one home. But the numbers have grown out of hand at Zumaville, with the President’s brothers, many wives, and who knows who else living in the outrageously expensive “compound”….

Guaranteed Quality: Understanding The Role Of National Building Codes
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Guaranteed Quality: Understanding The Role Of National Building Codes

We Rely on National Building Regulations Why National Building regulations is a question asked many times. Both international and national standards and Building Regulations are fundamental to successful building and construction projects, both big and small.It doesn’t matter whether you are building a garden shed out of timber, a modest family home from bricks and…

The NHBRC (National Home Builders Registration Council)
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The NHBRC (National Home Builders Registration Council)

About the NHBRC The National Home Builders Registration Council (The NHBRC) was established in 1998 as a regulatory body for the home building industry. Their mandate is to protect house-building consumers and to make sure that building industry standards and regulations are followed. Their stated aim is to protect housing consumers who use contractors who…

Municipal Mystery Solved: How To Contact Your Local District Authorities
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Municipal Mystery Solved: How To Contact Your Local District Authorities

How to contact your Local Authority and Municipality in your District Here is the most up-to-date National Municipality Contact list We get requests almost on a daily basis about “How do I  contact my local Municipality?”,  “Where is my local Authority?”, “Where do I take my plans?”, “Where can I contact the Building Inspector?” Well…

Town Planning Scheme 2011 – Johannesburg
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Town Planning Scheme 2011 – Johannesburg

Consolidated Johannesburg Town Planning Scheme, 2011 Download the Johannesburg Town Planning Scheme document below We have included this Johannesburg Town Planning Scheme document to assist you with accessing the the correct information so that you can make the right decisions when it comes to planning any construction, building and renovation or the purchase of property…

Town Planning Definitions – Complete with 21 Sections
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Town Planning Definitions – Complete with 21 Sections

A List of 21 Town Planning Definitions and TermsUsed in Town Planning Schemes Includes Land Use and Zonings Terms The Johannesburg metropolitan area is the largest, most diverse and most cosmopolitan in South Africa, so we have based this list of Town Planning Definitions definitions from their Town Planning document, see: town-planning-scheme-jhb. These are not…