Design: Dear Mr Plumber - SABS plays essential part in our lives

Design: Dear Mr Plumber - SABS plays essential part in our lives

By Vollie Brink, Pr Eng

The objective of the SABS is to ensure best practice and best quality of materials — equipment and standards in our case — in relation to the water services of buildings and what you would call the plumbing installation.

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Dear Mr Plumber: Hot water generation and reticulation systems

Dear Mr Plumbet: Hot water generation and reticulation systems

By Vollie Brink, Pr Eng

Hot water generation and reticulation, as well as the requirements and some new changes to a number of SANS documents, have a number of issues and affect the design of such systems negatively, making it more expensive.

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Dear Mr Plumber: Art of knowing

Design: Dear Mr Plumber: Art of knowing

By Vollie Brink, Pr Eng

They say a good engineer is one who knows what he doesn’t know, but one who knows where to find the information that he doesn’t know.

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Dear Mr Plumber: Cutting corners

Cutting corners

By Vollie Brink, Pr Eng

I woke up in the middle of the night and realised that the engineer is at the mercy of the plumber in terms of income. My reason for saying this is that the fee of the engineer is based on the tendered amount of the plumbing, if it had not been agreed to be based on time and cost.

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Dear Mr Plumber: 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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Dear Mr Plumber: 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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