Blue Designs - Architectural Designers

 Tips on finding a reliable Contractor / Designer

We’ve all heard about construction nightmares – whether it be the architect who fails to submit plans to Council, to builders absconding with deposits and shoddy / dangerous workmanship.  The irony is that it costs more to put right mistakes than it does to build / design properly in the first place.  So how do you go about finding reliable & knowledgeable Contractors ?  Obviously word of mouth recommendations are the best.

The first step is to make sure that your Architect / Designer is registered with SACAP – the South African Council for the Architectural Profession.  It is a legal requirement for anyone practicing Architecture to be registered with this body.  You can get a list of registered Architects / Designers at www.sacapsa.com Your Architect will probably also be able to advise you on contractors etc.

You could also try are the representative bodies / institutions, a list is below – it’s not comprehensive by any means – please let me know if you have any more to add.

NHBRC – National Home Builders Regulatory Council – www.nhbrc.co.za.

The website has a list of registered Builders and Engineers.


Architects / Designers

GIFA – Gauteng Institute for Architecture – www.gifa.org.za

SAIA – South African Institute of Architects – www.saia.org.za

SAIAT – South African Institute of Architectural Technologists - www.saiat.org.za

Architectural Design Association – ADA – www.ada.co.za


Builders

Master Builders South Africa – www.mbsa.org.za

Chartered Institute of Building – CIOB – www.ciob.co.za

Institute for Timber Construction South Africa – www.itc-sa.org

Timber Frame Builders Association – www.tfba.co.za

National Pool & Spa Institute of South Africa – NSPI – www.nspi.co.za


Engineers

Southern African Institution of Civil Engineers – SAICE – www.civils.org.za

SA Reinforced Concrete Engineers Association – SARCEA –  email - sarcea@iafrica.com

Institute of Municipal Engineering of Southern Africa – IMESA – www.imesa.co.za

Consulting Engineers South Africa – CESA – www.cesa.co.za

Engineering Council of South Africa – ECSA – www.ecsa.co.za

South African Institute of Electrical Engineers SAICE – www.saice.org.za


Water & Waste Management

Water Institute of South Africa – WISA – www.wisa.org.za

Institute of Waste Management Southern Africa - www.iwmsa.co.za


Electricians 

Electrical Contractors Association of Southern Africa – www.ecasa.co.za


Quantity Surveyors 

Association of South African Quantity Surveyors – www.asaqs.co.za


Town Planners 

South African Association of Consulting Professional Planners – www.saacpp.org.za


Project Managers

South African Council for Project & Construction Management Professions - www.sacpcmp.co.za

Association of Construction Project Managers – ACPM –  Email - acpm@icon.co.za

Project Management Institute of South Africa – PMISA – www.pmisa.org.za


Interior Designers

SA Guild of Interior Design – www.sagid.co.za


Landscape Architects / Designers

South African Landscapers Institute – www.sali.co.za


Kitchens 

Kitchen Specialists Association – KSA – www.ksa.co.za


Also :

Institute for Professional Handymen – IPH – www.iph.co.za

South African Council for Professional & Technical Surveyors – www.plato.org.za

Waterprofing Federation of SA – www.waterproofingfederation.co.za

SA Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors SAFCEC – www.safcec.org.za

South African Glass & Glazing Association SAGGA – Email - saga@aaamsa.com

SA Refridgeration & Air conditioning Contractors Association – SARACCA – www.saracca.co.za

SA Institute of Refridgeration & Air Conditioning – SAIRAC – www.sairac.co.za

Aluminium Federation of Southern Africa – AFSA – www.afsa.org.za

Association of Architectural Aluminium Manufacturers of SA – Email - aaamsa@iafrica.com

Brick Paving Institute – www.bpisa.co.za

Cement & Concrete Institute – www.cnci.org.za

Claybrick Association – www.claybrick.org.za

Concrete Manufacturers Association – www.cma.org.za

Concrete Society of Southern Africa – www.concretesociety.co.za

Websites such as  www.greenstuff.co.za are also a valuable source of information when finding suppliers etc. etc


Claire  - 082 399 0180 / 073 924 4035

011 025 4458

bluedesigns5@gmail.com


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