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Architective: Building Construction Standards for South AfricaOver the years, we at Specifile have been approached by various architectural lecturers struggling to find a publication they could recommend to their students that would outline – clearly and concisely – all the basics that a student needed to know before they could get into the business of designing buildings. Inspiration without a solid foundation of knowledge is, after all, going to result in a building that cannot meet the function it is intended for. ARCHITECTIVE is just that publication.

As Sieg Schimdt, editor-in-chief, himself says, “ARCHITECTIVE originated from the frustration experienced by students and lecturers of architecture and the built environment when attempting to find current information on building construction methods and materials relevant to South African conditions; presented in a concise manner in terms of background information; accompanied by graphical information that can be used to build an understanding in the reader’s mind; to inform design decisions; and assist in the production of construction drawings.”

Intended to act as a handy reference to students, practitioners and all who need information on the complexities of construction methods, materials and detailing, ARCHITECTIVE consists of 30 chapters and 592 pages of incredibly useful information.

We popped in to MDS Architecture to ask a few of the architects there what they thought of their copies of ARCHITECTIVE...

Shonnah Coetser:

When the Architective Manual first came on the market, MDS ordered a number for various staff members. Every recipient was very favourably impressed with the information and promotional content of the publication. It is a very handy “go-to” resource for anyone in the Construction Industry, as well as the Home DIY-er. The information is easy to track and very comprehensive. I would recommend the Manual to anyone with an interest in Construction, either as a professional or at an informal level.

Katlego Bogatsu:

I think the ‘Architective’ book is a good book to have next to you in the office or at home for quick reference. It is not a highly technical book and is mainly aimed at architects or designers. The information contained in the book is easy to understand and follow. The book covers the general scope of all things architectural, as far as building construction is concerned, but an architect with years of experience may want to have an additional book with more technical depth next to it. I would highly recommend the book to architecture students from first year level through to Masters level, and graduates who have just entered the working world.

William da Silva:

The Architective publication serves as a fantastic reference for professionals to existing and new construction methods, materials and standards, together with an outline of the new energy regulations and “Green” Technologies that are available. I have used it extensively on various projects and it is a refreshing new approach to the old “BUILDING CONSTRUCTION & GRAPHIC STANDARDS” publication of Andre Grobbelaar.

Jacquie Myburgh Chemaly,
Editor of Leading Architecture and Design, had this to say about ARCHITECTIVE:

Researched, written and compiled by more than 30 industry professionals, this, the second print of ARCHITECTIVE, is your one stop technical reference manual. Easily the most comprehensive and authoritative technical reference of its kind on the market today, Building Construction Standards for South Africa will see you through every stage of your project. The authors and contributors have distilled lifetimes of experience and expertise into a readily accessible resource for AEC industry professionals, students, developers and owners.
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We outline the chapters below to give you an idea of what is covered in this must-have reference manual.

Chapter 1 > THE RELATIONSHIP

01 The Architectural Professional and the Project Team

02 The Client and the design process

 

Chapter 2 > GOVERNING BODIES AND PRACTICE

03 The role of SACAP and voluntary associations

04 The role of SACLAP and voluntary associations

05 Legislation applicable to the South African built environment

06 Introduction to Architectural office practice

07 Introduction to Landscape architectural office practice

08 The Green Building Council of South Africa

 

Chapter 3 > CONVENTION GUIDELINES

09 Drawing conventions

 

Chapter 4 > DESIGN ART AND SPATIAL DATA

10 Anthropometrics

11 Ergonomics

12 Spatial comfort

 

Chapter 5 > UNIVERSAL ACCESS

13 Universal access

 

Chapter 6 > CLIMATE

14 Climatic zones, SANS 204 and Passive design strategies in SA

15 Thermal mass principles

16 Natural ventilation principles

17 Acoustics

 

Chapter 7 > SITE WORK: LANDFORMS

18 Topography

 

Chapter 8 > SITE WORK: SOILS

19 Soil classification

 

Chapter 9 > SITE WORK: SITE AND BUILDING ECOLOGY

20 Fundamentals of site analysis

 

Chapter 10 > SITE WORK: STORMWATER

21 Stormwater drainage

22 Greywater and rainwater harvesting

 

Chapter 11 > SITE ORGANISATION

23 Site preparations

 

Chapter 12 > SUB-STRUCTURE: FOUNDATIONS

24 Basic foundation design

 

Chapter 13 > SUPER-STRUCTURE: MASONRY CONSTRUCTION

25 Masonry construction

 

Chapter 14 > SUPER-STRUCTURE: DOORS AND WINDOWS

26 Doors and windows

 

Chapter 15 > SUPER-STRUCTURE: GLASS

27 Glass, glazing and polycarbonate sheeting

 

Chapter 16 > SUPER-STRUCTURE: INTERNAL CONSTRUCTION

28 Drywall partitioning

29 Ceilings

 

Chapter 17 > SUPER-STRUCTURE: STAIRS AND BALUSTRADES

30 Steel, timber and concrete stairs

 

Chapter 18 > SUPER-STRUCTURE: ROOFS

31 Roofs and planted roofs

 

Chapter 19 > SUPER-STRUCTURE: ELEMENTS

32 Spans and ratios

 

Chapter 20 > BUILDING SERVICES

33 Hot and cold water systems

34 Sanitary fixtures

35 Drainage

36 Electrical wiring systems

37 Lighting

 

Chapter 21 > INTERIOR ELEMENTS AND FINISHES

38 Furniture dimensions

39 Floor finishes

40 Plaster

41 Paints

42 Fasteners

 

Chapter 22 > CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION

43 Fundamentals in concrete construction

44 Concrete waterproofing

 

Chapter 23 > TIMBER CONSTRUCTION

45 Fundamentals in timber construction

 

Chapter 24 > STEEL CONSTRUCTION

46 Introduction to steel construction

47 Light steel frame building

48 Cargo containers

 

Chapter 25 > EARTH CONSTRUCTION

49 Earth construction and cement stabilization

 

Chapter 26 > LANDSCAPE DEVELOPMENT

50 Site inventory and analysis

51 Concept development

 

Chapter 27 > LANDSCAPE CONSTRUCTION

52 Plant specifications and planting plans

53 Irrigation

54 Boardwalks and decks

55 Water feature design and construction

56 Street furniture

 

Chapter 28 > VEHICLE AND PEDESTRIAN CIRCULATION

57 Paving and hard landscape surfaces

58 Vehicle dimensions and plant equipment

 

Chapter 29 > SPORTS AND RECREATION

59 Indoor and outdoor sports and recreation

60 Wellness studio (Residential gym)

 

Chapter 30 > METRIC SYSTEM

61 Metric standards