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Incorporates legislative amendments published in Gazette No. 34586 dated 09 September 2011 - Environmental Sustainability and updated to include the Review Board Regulations. 

Building Standards
Act

To provide for the promotion of uniformity in the law relating to the erection of buildings in the areas of jurisdiction of local authorities; for the prescribing of building standards; and for matters connected therewith.

National Building
Regulations

Regulations made in terms of section 17(1) of the National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act, 1977 (Act No. 103 of 1977).




Review Board
Regulations

Regulations made in terms of section 20 read with section 9 of the National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act, 1977 (Act 103 of 1977)



SANS
Standards

Published applicable SANS 10400 Standards







REGULATIONS UNDER THE NATIONAL BUILDING REGULATIONS AND BUILDING STANDARDS ACT, 1977 (ACT No. 103 OF 1977)

No: R. 2378    12 October 1990
REGULATIONS UNDER THE NATIONAL BUILDING REGULATIONS AND BUILDING STANDARDS ACT, 1977 (ACT No. 103 OF 1977)

The Minister of Trade and Industry and Tourism has, after consultation with the council, under section 17(1) of the National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act, 1977 (Act No. 103 of 1977), made the regulations in the Schedule.

No: R 432    8 March 1991
THE NATIONAL BUILDING REGULATIONS AND BUILDING STANDARDS ACT, 1977 COMMENCEMENT OF THE NATIONAL BUILDING REGULATIONS

I, Kent Diederich Skelton Durr, Minister of Trade and Industry and Tourism, acting under section 17(3)(b) of the National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act, 1977 (Act No. 103 of 1977), hereby fix 8 March 1991 as the date on which the National Building Regulations published under Government Notice No. R. 2378 of 12 October 1990, and altered by me with the concurrence of the council as set out in the Schedule hereto, shall come into operation.
K.D.S. DURR
Minister of Trade and Industry and Tourism

No: R 574    30 May 2008
NATIONAL BUILDING REGULATIONS AND BUILDING STANDARDS ACT,1977 ( ACT 103 OF 1977 ) NATIONAL BUILDING REGULATIONS

I, Mandisi Mpahlwa, Minister of Trade and Industry, hereby under section 17(3) of the National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act (Act No. 103 of 1977), and on the recommendation of the Council of the South African Bureau of Standards, declare the regulations, as set out in the Schedule, to come into operation on the 1 October 2008.
M. Mpahwa
Minister of Trade and Industry

No: R 711    9 September 2011
NATIONAL BUILDING REGULATIONS AND BUILDING STANDARDS ACT,1977 ( ACT 103 OF 1977 ) INTRODUCTION OF AMENDMENTS TO THE NATIONAL BUILDING REGULATIONS TO INTRODUCE REQUIREMENTS FOR ENERGY USAGE IN BUILDINGS

I, Dr Rob Davies, Minister of Trade and Industry, hereby under section 17(1) of the National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act (Act 103 of 1977) and on the recommendation of the Board of the National Regulator of Compulsory Specifications, amend the National Building Regulations, as set out in the Schedule, with effect from the date two (2) months from publication of this notice.
Dr. R Davies MP
Minister of Trade and Industry 

Part O - Lighting and Ventilation

O1. Lighting and Ventilation Requirement

1. Any habitable room, bathroom, shower-room and room containing a toilet pan or urinal, or any room which is a parking garage shall be provided with a means of lighting and ventilation which will enable such room to be used, without detriment to health or safety or causing any nuisance, for the purpose for which it is designed.

2. The requirement of subregulation (1) shall be deemed to be satisfied where the lighting and ventilation are in accordance with SANS 10400-O. 

3. (a) Notwithstanding the provision of any openings for natural light in accordance with subregulation (2) any room contemplated in subregulation (1) or any corridor, lobby or staircase serving such room shall be provided with a means of artificial lighting - 

         (i) for periods when natural lighting is inadequate; or 

         (ii) where the size or shape of any such room, or the glazing material used in any such opening, will not permit sufficient natural light effectively to illuminate all parts of such room. 

     (b) Notwithstanding the provision of openings for natural ventilation in accordance with subregulation (2) any room subject to the Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993 (Act No. 85 of 1993), shall in terms of the said Act be provided with artificial ventilation as prescribed by such Act; and any room contemplated in subregulation (1) which is - 

         (i) a room which, due to conditions of high temperature, maybe dangerous to safety or health; 

        (ii) a room where there will be dust, gas, vapour or volatile matter and hazardous biological agents which might be dangerous to safety or health; or 

         (iii) used for any purpose for which natural ventilation is not suitable, 

shall be provided with a means of artificial ventilation.

O2. Special Provision of Natural Lighting

Any habitable room in any dwelling house or dwelling unit, or any bedroom in any building used for residential or institutional occupancy shall, notwithstanding the provision of artificial lighting, be provided with at least one opening for natural light in accordance with subregulation O1(1).

O3. Approval of Artificial Ventilation Systems

No person shall without the prior written approval of the local authority install any artificial ventilation system in any building: provided that this prohibition shall not apply in the case of room air conditioners or other individual appliances installed for comfort.

O4. Design of Artificial Ventilation Systems

Any rational design of an artificial ventilation system shall be carried out by or under the supervision of an approved competent person who shall certify in accordance with the requirements of regulation A19 that the system has been designed to comply with regulation O1.

O5. Artificial Ventilation Plant

1. Any plant forming part of an artificial ventilation system shall be so designed, located and protected that -

     (a) any condensate from such plant cannot be the cause of danger or nuisance to the public; 

     (b) inspection and servicing can be undertaken; and 

     (c) unauthorized persons cannot tamper with such plant. 

2. The requirements of subregulation (1) shall be deemed to be satisfied where the design, location and protection of such plant comply with SANS 10400-O.

O6. Testing of Artificial Ventilation Systems

1. The owner shall at acceptable intervals of time submit to the local authority test reports indicating that any artificial ventilation system installed in terms of these regulations is operating in the designed manner,

2. Records and log books shall be kept of the commissioning information, operational management, monitoring and maintenance and repair of all ventilation plant, including individual ventilation fans.

3. Where specialist ventilation plants are provided as part of the protection measures against hazardous substances, and for the protection of occupants and to ensure safe procedures, such as in hospital theatres, such plant shall be inspected and validated at least every 12 months by an independent competent person.

O7. Fire Requirements

In addition to the requirements of this Part, lighting and ventilation shall be provided to comply with Part T of these regulations.