Grey water not a grey area

Grey water not a grey area

By Vollie Brink

We are working hard on new projects at the SABS, one project being the development of a standard for the design of water in buildings under the National Building Regulations. It is a long-awaited document and will serve as a standard for grey water, among others.

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Application of National Building Regulations

Application of National Building Regulations

By Vollie Brink

I find that certain people still don’t understand how to read, use, and apply the National Building Regulations — it is the cause of much misunderstanding and even conflict. Some government departments even require the architect to take on engineering work for which they are not educated, trained, or competent.

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Investing in the future

Investing in the future

By Vollie Brink

Activities around training and, more specific, further training, re-training and CPD courses abound. There is also a flow of new standards from the SABS, which are basically EN standards being converted to have a SANS number — much of it are duplications of what we already have.

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The times they are a-changin’

The times they are a-changin’

By Vollie Brink

Some time ago, I was asked to compile a profile of the consulting engineer for building water services, and later for the consulting fire engineer for buildings. So, I decided that I should also profile the plumber and comment on how I envisage this role changing in future.

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When luxury cars have wooden wheels

 

 

There’s never enough money to install a pipe system correctly with the correct materials (which might be expensive), but there’s always enough money to fix it later when the cheap materials have failed.

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Is it time to privatise?

By Vollie Brink

The SABS has played an important part in our lives for many years. The standards it produced were excellent and the services it rendered were outstanding.

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