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Next workshops to be offered from February to June 2018
Gauteng : Pretoria - 16.03.2018 SANS 10400-XA Energy Efficiency
Gauteng : Pretoria - 25.05.2018 SANS 10400-XA Energy Efficiency
Kwa Zulu Natal : Glenwood - 26.02.2018 SANS 10400-XA Energy Efficiency
Kwa Zulu Natal : Glenwood - 07.05.2018 SANS 10400-XA Energy Efficiency
Kwa Zulu Natal : Glenwood - 09.05.2018 SANS 10252-1 Water Reticulation
Cape Town : Northgate Estate, Brooklyn - 23.02.2018 SANS 10400-XA Energy Efficiency
Cape Town : Northgate Estate, Brooklyn - 23.04.2018 SANS 10400-XA Energy Efficiency
Cape Town : Northgate Estate, Brooklyn - 18.06.2018 SANS 10400-XA Energy Efficiency

Previous Articles

Part 3: Quo vadis (where to) Energy Usage Regulati
Directing the Energy Usage standard keep to the KISS (keep it simple stupid) principle. Consistently the call from the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications to the SANS10400XA working group was to simplify things and not require calculations. This is a difficult ask given that energy is an intangible. When surrogates are used for energy as in the case of Regulation XA2 where ...
Part 2: Quo vadis (where to) revised Energy Usage
Research driven revisions to SANS10400XA Research (modelling by University of Pretoria for the Clay Brick Association) and thermal resistance testing of walls (mainly by the CBA again) provided overwhelming evidence that a cavity wall was extremely valuable in all the cooler parts of the RSA for 24 hour occupied buildings. The research also showed that the cavity wall if introduced as a requir...
Part 1: Quo vadis (where to) revised Energy Usage
The advent of mandatory Energy Usage standards in South Africa: The Minister for Trade and Industry – Rob Davies signed [1]amendments to the National Buildings for energy usage into law on the 09-09-2011, and after the six months grace period thereafter buildings began to have inter alia thermal insulation in the roofs and lighting which used far less electricity. Some owners have bought in...
SP Energy's first XA Unmasked Presentation in PMB
Saturday, 16 June 2018 - SP Energy held their first XA Unmasked Presentation at the beautiful Maritzburg Golf Club, with the presentation being presented by Howard Harris. These XA Unmasked presentions are are perfect time for udates on potential new SANS 10400-XA Regulations, and a chance for Q&A's and open discussions....
Edge Tool by GSCSA
In 2016 the Green Building Council of South Africa launched their new offering called EDGE – and acronym for Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies. It’s a design tool, certification system and global standard for many emerging market countries. It enables certification of projects so that the end user can be confident that their newly acquired building has been through ...
Midvaal Local Municipality Internal SANS 10400XA T
Wednesday, 16 May 2018 - Howard Harris kicks off with the first of our three Full Day SANS 10400XA Training Sessions. Held at Midvaal Local Municipality, for the first group of the Meyerton Building Control Officers and Staff, in conjunction with SAIAT. ...
Four routes to compliance
So did you know that there are four routes to compliance with the 09.09.2011 Energy Usage amendments to the National Building Regulations? If you did not, don’t be surprised because not all of the Technical Committee rewriting SANS10400XA are aware of how the system works in practice. However if we are looking for the enabling Regulations to justify this four route view: T...
Draft Proposal for Comments
The proposed new changes to the fenestration section of the prescriptive route relating to XA regulations will have impact on design, specifications and building costs. The proposals are being finalised and we will soon have sufficient information to be able to communicate these to you. Indications are that there are major changes that will restrict architectural creativity and increase costs. B...
New Developments in the SANS10400 Part XA Standard
In the next iteration of XA we are likely to have cavity walls as the minimum walling system in South Africa. The evidence of the superiority of the cavity wall over solid walling is overwhelming. In hundreds of energy models over as many building designs and across all climate zones in the RSA the potential advantage for improved comfort and reduced heating and cooling is demonstrated with a...
News Page Added to Website
We are delighted to add yet another page to our website, that'll bring you up to date on all new News Items, from the desks of Howard Harris and Graeme Sher. ...