SANS 10400-XA Assessments to enable
cost-savings during construction and occupancy
USING SOPHISTICATED MODELLING SOFTWARE, WE CAN CREATE DETAILED AND ACCURATE ENERGY SIMULATIONS FOR IMPROVED THERMAL COMFORT AND REDUCED ENERGY COSTS.
Modern construction, glazing and insulation materials have very different thermal properties. These offer significant potential cost-savings both during construction, and for tenants after occupancy.
Choosing the correct materials and determining optimum specifications for HVAC plant can no longer be a matter of mere educated guesswork – traditional calculations cannot accurately compute the necessary data. Errors and assumptions can result in excess spend on unnecessary HVAC capacity, and contribute to higher building running costs. Neither of these scenarios is ideal – and yet both can be avoided.
A SANS 10400-XA assessment is a requirement for any new-build or renovation project where building plans need to be submitted. The results of the assessment must be submitted to the local council for approval before construction can begin.
Traditionally, energy usage and peak demand were hand-calculated by architects. However, the intricacy of modern building designs and the properties of new materials mean that this approach is no longer feasible for large, complex buildings that employ advanced materials.
Instead, we use our knowledge of energy management to create advanced 3D energy models that calculate the heat load requirements for your building – and ensure that your project can achieve SANS compliance without incurring unnecessary materials and construction costs.
Rather than engage a separate consultancy firm, entrust Q-Mech Consulting Engineers with your SANS 10400-XA assessment needs as part of our comprehensive services offering.
Each SANS 10400-XA assessment consists of two simulations: a “reference building”, and the actual building. In each case, the actual building model must out-perform the reference building model. The actual building must also meet the applicable SANS standards for a building of its type, size, and climatic zone within South Africa.
We then generate a comprehensive SANS 10400-XA Assessment report for submission to the relevant local council pursuant to obtaining building rights.
Cost-savings through avoiding over-specification of HVAC plant
Reductions in first cost and running costs
Accurate payback term calculations for HVAC plant investment
Applicable to new-build and renovation projects
Enable optimum choice of materials
More accurate energy usage solutions
Contributes to energy-efficient building design
Streamlined building certification
FOR AN APPROXIMATION OF THE COST OF A COMPREHENSIVE SANS 10400-XA ASSESSMENT FOR YOUR BUILDING, PLEASE COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING FORM: