National Building Regulations (SANS 10400) give clear guidelines on the way in which buildings and alterations to them should be carried out and yet we still find rooms that are built on to boundary walls with consequent damp problems. Other problems occur when additions are made to an existing structure without considering the need for a damp proof course (dpc) that meets the needs of both the existing and new structures. This often results in the original dpc being “bridged” by the new structure.

Choosing a builder who is aware of all these potential pitfalls and who conforms to national standards clearly makes sense. We maintain a close relationship with both the NHBRC and the MBA and insist that any member of the Association who undertakes Building Renovations is a member of one or both of these bodies.