South Africa

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Code Development

Summary

The National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act (No. 103 of 1977) was amended in 2011 to incorporate energy use in buildings. South African national standard SANS 0204: Energy Efficiency in Buildings was published in 2011. SANS 10400XA: Part XA: Energy Usage in Buildings was published in 2011 and is mandatory for all new buildings within the scope of the National Building regulations. The standard also references SANS 0204.

Start Year

Exact Start Year

2011

Start Year Range

> 2010

Revision Schedule

NA, Check Country Information Sheet for details

Existing Code Coverage

  • Commercial
  • Residential
Stakeholder Engagement

  • Working group
  • Technical Committee
  • Public Meeting or Conference or Newsletter
Best Practices

NA, Check Country Information Sheet for details

Code Implementation - Compliance & Enforcement

Administrative/Enforcement Structures

The national government creates enabling legislation, and local authorities administer the code by reviewing and approving construction plans. Third party assessors may also be involved in compliance checking at design stage.

Compliance Checking on Design

Yes, compliance is checked on Design

Compliance Checking on Construction

NA, compliance varies by jurisdiction – refer to country information sheet for details

Compliance Checking on Pre-Occupancy

Yes, compliance is checked on Pre-Occupancy

Air Tightness testing

NA, Check Country Information Sheet for details

Commissioning before occupancy

NA, Check Country Information Sheet for details

Commissioning after occupancy

NA, Check Country Information Sheet for details

Compliance Software Residential

Yes, Software exists

Name of Software

Designbuilder

Short description

Designbuilder helps demonstrate that the building has a theoretical energy performance determined less than or equal to that of a reference building in accordance with SANS 10400 Part XA. Designbuilder complies with the Protocol for the Certification of Energy Simulation Software: Second edition, September 2011.  

Compliance Software Non-Residential

Yes, Software exists

Name of Software

Designbuilder

Short description

Designbuilder helps demonstrate that the building has a theoretical energy performance determined less than or equal to that of a reference building in accordance with SANS 10400 Part XA. Designbuilder complies with the Protocol for the Certification of Energy Simulation Software: Second edition, September 2011.  

Penalties for non-compliance

  • Refusal Permission to construct
  • Refusal Permission to occupy
Incentives and Recognition program for compliance

  • Awards/Grants/Tax Breaks
  • Finance/Loans/Ratings

Short description

In 2013, the National Treasury published Section 12L putting into operation deductions of energy efficiency savings in terms of the Income Tax Act. Green Star SA is a voluntary rating system for environmental performance in commercial buildings, retail centres, multi-unit residential and public buildings. Green Star SA is based on the Australian Green Star rating scheme, and energy performance is one of the eight categories of the award for “as built”, “constructed”.

Compliance Rate monitoring

NA, Check Country Information Sheet for details

Compliance Rate Publicised

NA, Check Country Information Sheet for details

Compliance Lessons Learned

NA, Check Country Information Sheet for details

Compliance Energy Use Statistics

NA, Check Country Information Sheet for details

Compliance Rate in %

NA, Check Country Information Sheet for details

Capacity Building and Education

Awareness Raising

  • Compliance Training
  • Professional Curriculum

Short description

The South African Institute of Architectural Technicians (SAIAT), in partnership with the Swiss Development Corporation (SDC) and the National Regulator for Compulsory Standards (NRCS) are providing courses and workshops on SANS 10400XA Energy Efficiency, targeting designers and building control officers.

Building materials

Building Materials Ratings

  • Reference standards included in codes

Short description

EcoStandard South Africa is a voluntary third party labeling system that is available in South Africa, and the Department of Public Works is considering facilitating the establishment of a national rating system.

Energy Performance Certificates

EPC Implementation

  • EPCs are referred to in codes -

Short description

The South African government will soon issue SANS 1944: Energy Performance Certificates and is considering to make EPCs mandatory for public buildings that have operated for at least 2 years and have not been renovated within the past 2 years; and for buildings with a total net floor area as defined in the national standard of over 1,000 m2.