MASTERING SOUTH AFRICAN
BUILDING INSPECTION COURSE

Course Summary

This three day course is worth

  • 3 Accredited CPD Points with ECSA

The body of knowledge necessary to thoroughly inspect a typical South African building is vast.
This 3-day workshop has been designed with two aims in mind:

  • To focus on the job related knowledge needed by every building inspector and
  • to survey most areas of the building envelope.

Apart from the acquisition of detailed knowledge on the entire South African home building envelope, useful to any building inspector, the full course also provides a certified entry point into the private sector home inspection industry.

The Speaker

NABISA

Our speaker John Graham, is the Founder of HouseCheck; Principal of South African Home Inspection Training Academy (SAHITA); the Director of the non-profit National Association of Building Inspectors of South Africa; NHBRC qualified builder; and certified by InterNACHI.

He also has the following publications:

  1. The Complete Guide to South African Home Inspection
  2. SA Home Building: Management & Quality Control
  3. SA Home Buyer's Guide and
  4. Eight Common Problems in SA Homes

Course Details

DAY ONE

MORNING SESSION

SESSION 1: BUILDING INSPECTION BASICS

  • The attributes of a good building inspector - honesty, integrity and passion
  • A sound inspection system (systematic gathering of data; communication of inspector’s findings; and storage and retrieval of data for future use)
  • The importance of technical knowledge, experience and the powers of observation
  • Why language and computer skills are important. How inspection software can assist the inspector
  • How to compile a good inspection report

SESSION 2 : BUILDING INSPECTION ROLE PLAYERS

  • The roles of the various people who have different responsibilities with regard to property inspections in South Africa
  • Why the service of the professional home inspector is essential for home buyers
  • The legal framework:
    • Deeds Office and title deeds
    • Surveyor General
    • Understanding the National Building Regulations and the role of SANS10400, “deemed to satisfy” design by competent persons and approval by the Agrément Board
    • Local Authorities (municipalities) - responsibilities of Building Control Officers with regard to the National Building Regulations and local by-laws
    • National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC): Scope of warranties; enrolment fees
    • Consumer Protection Act
    • Construction Regulations
AFTERNOON SESSION

SESSION 3: TECHNICAL ISSUES

  • How to read a plan
  • Minimum dimensions for South African Homes
  • Permitted tolerances in the construction process
  • Problem soils
  • NHBRC site classification

SESSION 4: COMPLETION OF WORKBOOK ASSESSMENT

DAY TWO

MORNING SESSION

SESSIONS ONE, TWO AND THREE: PRACTICAL BUILDING INSPECTION PART ONE

  • Site layout
  • Foundations
    • Important terms
    • Soil poisoning
    • Excavation and compaction
    • Types of foundations
    • Damp proofing
  • Building with concrete
    • What is concrete?
    • Common defects found in concrete
    • Typical problems in concrete work
  • Ground water management and grading the plot
AFTERNOON SESSION

 

  • Retaining walls and drainage
  • Masonry walls
    • Different types of walls
    • Building in windows, doors and roof anchors
    • Water penetration and exterior walls - making these walls watertight
  • Common defects in masonry wall structures
  • Plaster work
    • Sand and additives
    • Lathing
    • Keying the surface
    • Applying plaster
    • Common defects in plaster work
  • Paintwork
    • Understanding the basics of good painting practice
    • How to diagnose the likely cause of paintwork problems

SESSION 4: COMPLETION OF WORKBOOK ASSESSMENT

DAY THREE

MORNING SESSION

SESSIONS ONE, TWO AND THREE: PRACTICAL BUILDING INSPECTION PART TWO

  • Roof Structures
    • The minimum requirements for a roof as prescribed by the NBR
    • Different pitched roof shapes and structures
    • The importance and relevance of roof pitch
    • Roof anchoring basics
    • Factory built trusses and carpenter built roof structures
    • Rules for grading and treating of roof timbers
    • Bracing of roof trusses
    • Fixing of roof timbers
  • Roof covering, waterproofing and rain goods
    • Basic rules and guidelines for roof sheeting
    • Basic rules and guidelines for tiles, slates and shingles
    • Basic rules and guidelines for thatch roofs
    • Various types of flashing
    • Various kinds of capping used along the ridges and verges (barges)
    • Facias and beam in-fill
    • The structure and issues relating to concrete slab roofs
    • The structure and issues relating to timber board roofs
    • The structure of semi-flat sheeted roofs
    • Waterproofing of semi-flat roofs and balconies
    • The types of gutters and down pipes available
    • Problems associated with gutter-less roofs
    • Problems associated with box gutters
    • Capacity of gutters and down pipes
  • Frame construction
    • The advantages of framed board houses
  • Decks: Factors relating to designing and building a deck
  • Ceilings: The different types of ceiling which a South African building inspector may encounter
    • Common problems with ceilings
  • Floors: The different types of floors which a South African building inspector may encounter
    • Common problems with floors
  • Windows and doors: What to look out for when inspecting windows and doors
  • Glazing: Regulations and safety issues
  • Fire doors and fire walls: Necessary where a garage is joined to a dwelling unit
  • Garage doors: Safety issues
AFTERNOON SESSION

 

  • Water supply and waste water removal
    • Water supply pipes: features and problems
    • Drain mechanics: air pressure, water seals and gradient
    • Inspection guidelines for plumbing and drains
  • Electrical installations
  • Hot water heaters
  • Electric fencing
  • Fireplaces and chimneys
  • Gas installations
  • Energy saving regulations
    • The three different types of heat transfer which occur in houses
    • Insulating ceilings and roofs
    • Insulating walls
    • Insulating floors
  • Wood destroying organisms and insects
    • The need for a clearance certificate certifying that there are no active pests before the South African banks will grant a loan on a property being sold
    • The causes of wood rot
    • Termites and borer beetles
    • Soil poisoning
  • Swimming Pools
    • Regulations regarding enclosing pools for safety reasons
    • How to inspect the various components of a swimming pool

    SESSION FOUR: COMPLETION OF WORKBOOK ASSESSMENT

Note: At the end of the workshop delegate’s workbooks to be handed in for assessment; after which the workbook will be returned to the delegate.

Who Should Attend?

  • Building Inspectors
  • Site Inspectors
  • Quantity Surveyors
  • Building Contractors
  • Management & Quality Controllers
  • Property Developers
  • Anyone in the building industry
    wanting to broaden their knowledge
    on this subject
Course Accreditations

ECSA
(in Process) SACPCMP