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some advice and opinion pieces from an architect
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So here is the disclaimer… I am only an architect, and not a scientist. The blog aims to assist you with information to plan your Dream Home. If I have gotten something heinously wrong, please feel free to drop me a line and let me know!

Why do I need an Architect?

Why do I need an Architect?

The most common misconception is that Architects only draw up plans and that their service costs a fortune. BUT this is not the case, especially when you look at all the additional services architects offer and the value they can add. Most new home...

Aircon vs Evaporative Cooling

Aircon vs Evaporative Cooling

A comparison. While cooling has not always been considered in the South African context, it’s becoming increasingly important as the earth heats up and we experience heat waves and extreme weather conditions. As numerous clients are considering...

No Plans, Now What??

No Plans, Now What??

When no plans exist of existing buildings, buildings in progress or alterations WE WANT TO BUY A PROPERTY BUT THEY DON’T HAVE APPROVED PLANS, WHAT NOW? I deal with this question all the time from people who want to purchase a property and then find...

Hot Water Conclusion

Hot Water Conclusion

and finally my conclusion…  This architect’s conclusion for conditions in South Africa is that a combination of systems seems to be the most sustainable option. My personal preference, layout and budget permissible, is for a high pressure,...

Electric Water Heating

Electric Water Heating

Yes really…still   While electrical resistance heating can no longer provide the bulk of your hot water it can be used to supplement supply in areas that are not used often, or where smaller quantities of water are used or in the South African...

Gas Geysers

Gas Geysers

GAS Why gas? To avoid warm water growing stuff in it, it needs to be kept at a minimum temperature of 55 degrees, which is why geysers use so much energy. A gas geyser does away with the need for a storage tank as water is heated instantaneously...

Heat Pumps

Heat Pumps

An explanation Heat pumps work in a similar way to an indirect solar system in that they heat glycol that heats more efficiently and that heats the water. A heat pump uses heat from the atmosphere combined with electricity to heat the brine,...

Solar Water Heating

Solar Water Heating

This architects summary on solar How does it work? In short, heat is collected by means of liquid being pumped through panels (collectors) that are exposed to sunlight or UV. Heated water is stored in an insulated tank for use. Most tanks have a...

In Hot Water

In Hot Water

Water heating in line with 2011 energy efficiency regulations With the advent of the new SANS10400 XA energy efficiency regulation is 2011, the sole use of electrical geysers to produce all your hot water requirements has become illegal. The...

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