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These free resources are made available through the ASAQS and the generosity of several associates and friends of the ASAQS.

DISCLAIMER: While the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) aims to ensure that its
publications represent best practice, the ASAQS does not accept or assume any liability or responsibility for any events or consequences which derive from the use of any documents. Guides and other documents are not exhaustive and is therefore
only intended to provide general guidance to those who wish to make use of them. Publications are provided “as is” without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied including but without limitation to warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement.


The publication of this first edition GREEN BUILDING IN SOUTH AFRICA – GUIDE TO COSTS AND TRENDS booklet, is
envisaged as the first of many to come. We anticipate it being a regular and sought after publication that will keep the built
environment updated on green building costs and trends.

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We are delighted to share the atest AECOM Africa Property and Construction Cost Guide 2016 with you. It has been produced by their program, cost and consultancy (PCC) team.

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Information sheet on the classification of natural materials as used in earthworks

The classification of construction materials is a complicated field. In this article the classification of natural materials as used in earthworks will be discussed. The general classification is done in terms of a “G” notification, like G5, G6, G7, G8, G9 and G10. Generally a G5 and G6 type of material is classified as natural gravel and the G7 to G10 type of material as a gravel-soil. The lower the number (5 for example) the better quality material it is.

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Information sheet on: blast zones/ impact and influences

The objective of this information sheet is to provide clarity regarding some of the limitations, restrictions and design considerations in dealing with rock conditions. Furthermore, ground vibration, air blast, fly rock, as well as the control measures required to properly conduct blasting operations within the confinements of an urban developed area relative to the position on site are briefly addressed hereafter.

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