BIM in Southern Africa

A discussion around the rapidly developing use and implementation of BIM in Southern Africa, with dedicated commentary on the “Green” use of BIM based software in relation to the SANS 204.

I have found a multitude of local architects interested in the “Green” topic, with a fairly random selection of diverse attitudes towards the possible implementation of this opportunity in the industry. The topic has further developed in interest with the growing implementation or in some cases, the use of BIM in the local market. As South Africa approaches the official implementation of SANS 204, we are all certain to face interesting and challenging questions, the exploration of which I hope to do in the context of building information modeling, well before we are faced with these on a busy Monday morning, without any opportunity to evaluate the varied array of solutions.

WSP, a local and international multi-disciplinary consulting firm, has released a document on research and focal points related to WSP’s group strategy to: “…make BIM integral to all of our project processes within the next five years…” Does this mean that South Africa’s time for BIM implementation on a broad scale is near?


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6 Responses to BIM in Southern Africa

  1. André says:


    This extract from their website:

    “Go Green !
    Green meetings at the darmstadtium
    The darmstadtium is the venue where old meets new – and where eye-catching architecture meets resource-saving sustainability. Overall, through its extensive use of geothermal, biomass and solar energy, the darmstadtium meets virtually all its energy requirements using renewable energies.
    Firstly, heating: the darmstadtium is heated primarily using its internal heat sources. The biomass boiler is only used under exceptional circumstances – e.g. during extremely cold weather. Locally-sourced woodchips are used as the fuel, which reduces unnecessary and damaging CO2 emissions produced by transporting fuel.
    The roof of the darmstadtium is fitted with over 400 solar modules for generating electricity. Each module in the photovoltaic unit generates 180 Watts of electricity – approx. 70,000 kilowatt hours per year! And to ensure the building remains cool in summer, the facades are made from special heat-reflecting glass.
    The Calla, a funnel-shaped flower made from glass and steel in the foyer of the congress centre saves resources in two elegant ways – it collects rain water and sucks in air. Heat is recovered from the outgoing air and incoming air is cooled by the evaporation of the collected rainwater, which is also used for the darmstadtium’s sanitation facilities. Sustainability par excellence!”

    For more detail on this project, visit:

  2. green4life says:

    I have found an article on a “Net Zero” home, designed by owner architect, John Zona III. The article covers in some detail the energy limitations achieved by the solar system installed in the green house and the architects efforts to design a home, whilst staying within those limitations.

    This process, again described in some detail, was aided significantly by the use of BIM and energy efficiency calculation software.

    For the full article, visit:

  3. is there any further news on when SANS204 will become mandatory?

    • bimblogsa says:


      I have no actual information on the date unfortunately.

      • Paul Meyer says:

        SANS 204 comes into effect 9 November 2011, as passed by minister of public works. Part XA with serious amount of energy compliance calculation. Huge oppertunity for BIM implementation. Eco designer alone will not probably meet requirements……

  4. BIMBLOGSA says:


    I have heard today that SANS204 has been passed and that the 10400 is imminently going to be passed too.

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