Understanding Fire Safety Regulations SANS 10400 Part T
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Understanding Fire Safety Regulations SANS 10400 Part T

Fire Safety – Compliance with these regulations is crucial Fire safety is a paramount consideration in building design and construction with the potential to save lives and protect property. In South Africa, the South African National Standard (SANS) 10400 Part T, titled “Fire Protection,” is the dedicated section of the building regulations that addresses fire…

Stairway Safety Demystified: A Look at Building Regs Part M
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Stairway Safety Demystified: A Look at Building Regs Part M

Stairways – Part M – They Must Be Safe It stands to reason that stairways must be safe. If stairs are too steep, and they don’t have railings, or if screens and balustrades are not strong and secure, people may fall with disastrous consequences. What the National Building Regulations say about Stairs and Stairways “Any…

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…

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By Penny Swift Author Implications of Non-Compliant Electric Fencing and Outdated Certificates of Compliance Electricity is a charged subject that often shocks those who don’t realize how important compliance is.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…

DIY Balustrade Installation: What You Need To Know
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DIY Balustrade Installation: What You Need To Know

Ensure Your Balustrade System is Installed Correctly As it currently stands, the individual or professional company commissioning a balustrade sub-contractor has far more responsibility regarding their project than they realise. The Building Owner is responsible for ensuring that their project is SANS-compliant and signed off by a qualified Engineer. The Owner is therefore responsible for…

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…

Building Regulations Part 3 – Easy Expert Advice for Home Owners
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Building Regulations Part 3 – Easy Expert Advice for Home Owners

Building Regulations Part 3: Part R to Part X & XA As there are a total of 23 parts to the SANS 10400 Building Regulations we have divided them into three sections to improve the ease of navigation, here below is Building Regulations Part 3 The order in which the different parts of the regulations…