Implementation of the National Building Regulations and especially the section pertaining to Energy Usage in Buildings (SANS10400-XA) with reference to SANS204 (Energy Efficiency in Buildings) is not currently running smoothly with the result that a large percentage of new buildings do not comply with these regulations.

One of the main contributing factors is ignorance among all role players about the relevant responsibilities and accountability of each function in the building process. There are many misconceptions within the ranks of some professional practitioners (and even contractors) in the built environment about their involvement up to project completion to ensure that the conditions of the regulations are met.

The municipal building control office relies on the knowledge and integrity of the professional team – who designs, oversees and in the final instance inspects the different building components – to ensure conformance to the regulations by issuing a certificate of compliance.

Why, then, are so many buildings not conforming to the code?

To address this controversial issue, Mr. Rudolf Opperman, Senior Technical Adviser at the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS), will explain the legal role and responsibilities of the Professional Practitioners in the Built Environment with respect to implementing SANS10400-XA.

The founding principles of the National Building Regulations should be understood to enable the proper implementation of the legislation which is used to govern the built environment. In order to understand and interpret the National Building Regulations correctly, it is important to understand the philosophy and intent behind the Regulations. Although it is a piece of highly technical legislation the functioning thereof should be grasped. The technical part thereof should be treated as a technical tick box and the user should be able to know where to obtain this information from the technical documentation available.

The purpose of the workshop is to sensitize all the role players in the Built Environment who are tasked with submitting building applications to the Local Authorities about their legal responsibilities and to clarify any misconceptions about accountability and responsibility.

Who should attend?
Architectural Technologists
Quantity Surveyors
Project Managers
Building Contractors
Building Control Officials

The workshop, made a reality by Lephalale Municipality and the Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA), will be presented in a lecture format with open question and answer sessions that would allow for healthy debate and interaction so as to ensure comprehensive understanding of the subject.

Validated by: The South African Institute of Architects (SAIA) and the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) (1 CPD POINT)

DATE: 15 March 2017
TIME: 8:30 for 9:00
VENUE: Mogol Club next to Lephalale Municipal Civic Cente, Onverwacht
PRESENTERS: Rudolf Opperman – Senior Technical Adviser (NRCS)
RSVP: by 13 March 2017 (please complete the NBR Workshop Registration Form and return by email to or
COST: Free of charge
Amanda Obbes on 074 102 7175 or email or
Jenni de Waal on 021 854 4435 or email