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South Africa Building Regulations

The IES Consulting team are highly experienced in virtual building analysis for clients across the world. Our expertise covers numerous modelling protocols and green building rating schemes, enabling you to choose a design solution that not only complies with local regulations but also creates the best possible building for your client in terms of both budget and performance. The same simulation can be used to assess compliance with SANS 10400-XA and achieve extra credits with Green Star, reducing the duplication of work.

Our services include:

  • Provision of compliance simulations for new / existing buildings regardless of size / complexity.
  • Compliance energy modelling as part of the design process.
  • In-use building energy auditing to guide operation strategies to improve performance for measured EPC ratings as per SANS 1544 (2014). Our software can assess energy use by source, by metered system, and by end use, to assist in identifying poorly performing areas of your building.
  • Tailored expert design and compliance modelling / mentoring service helping you to achieve the most from using the VE.

Our consultants use our world-leading IES Virtual Environment software which is certified by Agrément South Africa as fit for thermal modelling or calculation purposes in terms of the National Building Regulations, specifically for use in regulation XA.

We will assess the building envelope in its entirety, including the impact from: site location, building orientation & geometry, construction materials (including solar heat gain/loss performance and thermal mass effects), external walls, fenestration, roof assembly (including flat roofs or complex ceilings not covered by SANS 204), ventilation (Natural, Mechanical, Mixed Mode, Hybrid) and HVAC systems.

We can perform detailed simulations to ensure that your proposed hot water system, whether a solar geyser, heat pump, or CHP system, meets the regulations' strict requirements for at least 50% of annual average hot water heating requirement to be met by means other than electrical resistance heating.