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The Association of South African Quantity Surveyors

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Quantity Surveyors, project managers, cost engineers or anybody interested in the construction industry and built environment should find really useful information on this large web site dedicated to the quantity surveying profession in South Africa. Our Events Calendar lists seminars and events for quantity surveyors, cost engineers, project managers and other role players in the construction industry. Visit our online store to purchase contracts, documents, apparel and software or take time out to catch up on the latest "News". Browse around... we hope you enjoy your stay! Welcome. We're glad you're here.


Green Building in South Africa Guide to Costs & Trends -2019

The Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) was established in 2007. The event introduced a period of increased awareness and education in the South African built environment regarding the green building movement. With this emerged the perception that green building attracts a significant cost premium when compared to conventional construction. A similar view is likely to be held by other countries across the world.

To address this concern, the Cost of Green Building Study Committee was established in 2014, comprising of selected members from the GBCSA, the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) and the University of Pretoria (UP).

The purpose of the committee was to determine the costs and trends associated with the cost of green buildings constructed in South Africa.

The first edition of the GREEN BUILDING IN SOUTH AFRICA – GUIDE TO COSTS AND TRENDS booklet was published in 2016. The thorough, peer reviewed and validated research ensured outcomes and results that are highly relevant to all in the built environment.

This 2019 edition includes convincing results that bring more focus by confirming previous outcomes and sharpening previous conclusions. It also includes additional analysis regarding the business case of green building to expand the study and provide greater insight.

Click here to download your free copy of the guide

Quote of the week

“In your actions, don’t procrastinate. In your conversations, don’t confuse. In your thoughts, don’t wander. In your soul, don’t be passive or aggressive. In your life, don’t be all about business.”

Marcus Aurelius

Blackmail, interference partly to blame for construction industry job losses
Blackmail, objections and interference in building projects are partly to blame for the huge job losses in the construction industry. There were 142000 job losses in the construction industry in the first quarter of the year, compared to the fourth quarter of 2018, Statistics SA (StatsSA) has announced. StatsSA’s Quarterly Labour Force Survey said this contributed to the official unemployment rate increasing by 0.5 of a percentage point. “The increase in the unemployment rate is a result of a decline of 237000 in the number of people in employment and an increase of 62000 in the number of people who were unemployed between the fourth quarter of 2018 and the first quarter of 2019,” said StatsSA.

Aurecon’s Collaboration and Trust Series

Managing relationships to achieve the best project outcomes

Australia’s infrastructure sector is riding a wave of major projects coming to market, each one bigger and more complex than the next. So why are we seeing increasing delays, claims and even major players facing financial strain on the back of a once-in-a-generation opportunity?

In episode 1 of leading global engineering and infrastructure advisory company Aurecon’s Collaboration and Trust video series launched today, Managing Director, Infrastructure Ben Stapleton sits down with construction disputes Partner Ben Davidson from Corrs Chambers Westgarth to discuss just why it is that an industry in a period of unprecedented activity is struggling to capitalise on this demand.

“Governance, project leadership and building trust at speed is critical to project outcomes,” Aurecon’s Ben Stapleton said.

“With multiple multi-billion-dollar projects coming to market, collaboration between all stakeholders, from project owners to contractors and consultants is fundamental to getting the right outcomes from the start.”

Click here to read on...

Please assist with this research

Research title:
Purpose of the research:

The aim is to investigate work-life balance, work relationships, work overload, job control, job satisfaction, commitment to the organisation, commitment of the organisation, team cohesion potential, resilience, physical and psychological health and psychological well-being - as perceived and experienced by registered quantity surveyors in the construction industry

Target population:  
Registered quantity surveyors

Survey link:

Survey closing date:

31 May 2019


Research title:
Target population
All BUILT ENVIRONMENT professionals working in the industry INCLUSIVE OF QUANTITY SURVEYORS
Survey link:
Survey closes
31 May 2019

Remember that you can claim a half hour of CPD2 after completing the survey.

Understand the law

What to do when a business opens next door to your house

Understand the law

“Our house is situated in what used to be a quiet residential suburb. Lately though, more and more businesses have started opening up around us with houses being converted into business offices. This has ruined our quiet neighbourhood and resulted in more traffic and other problems in our neighbourhood. Surely businesses cannot just open up offices in a residential area? Is there anything we can do?”

From the outset it must be clearly stated that not all businesses being operated from a residential property is illegal and unlawful. There are a number of aspects that must be considered to determine whether or not the business may be operated from a residential property or not.


Click here to find out what happened in that court case.

 ASAQS Conference 2019

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How to make social media work for you

Struggling to make social media work for your business? Three highly effective built environment influencers share their secrets.

(© This article was originally published in Modus magazine (September 2018)

CBE update on the Identification of Work (IDoW)

04 APRIL2019

Adv. Pieter FourieAdv. Pieter Fourie updated the ASAQS Board on the latest developments and progress on the ID of Work (IDoW) and the publication of guideline fees.

Two previous updates (on 28 September and 14 December 2018) alluded to a new approach to identification of work, further engagement with the Competition Commission (CC) and the regulation of the built environment professions. These matters are still relevant and are receiving ongoing attention.

We wish to share the information contained in the latest CBE update on the IDoW with our members and stakeholders in general:

It is important that stakeholders are aware of the process followed and the progress made since the previous update (14 December 2018). The desired outcome is to invite dialogue on the process and the broader issue of regulating the built environment professions.

Please click here to read on...

Free resources

Readers are invited to explore our ever-growing collection of free resources.

These can be found by visiting the Free resources section listed under Resources on our menu-bar and include several free publications.

Have you missed something? Browse to the News section!

Think you may have missed something browse to our news section, it might still be there.

New courses added to GoLearning

In order to assist you we have added numerous new courses to GoLearning and will continue to add new courseware during the year.

Efficient - available 24/7 - do CPD when it suits you
Affordable - at a fraction of the cost of a seminar
Targeted - do courses according to your needs

Eat into your CPD requirements with GoLearning by clicking here.

  Weekend Property & Construction News


In order to assist members to plan their diaries this year in terms of forthcoming congresses and conferences they may wish to attend, we publish the preliminary dates of some of these congresses for your attention:

RICS Summit Africa 2019
29-30 May 2019,
Maslow Hotel, Johannesburg, South Africa

Following the success of the 2018 event, RICS Summit Africa returns in 2019 bringing together chief executives, CFO’s, Managing Directors and Presidents of the African built environment’s most influential organisations. This year’s theme “Investing with Impact – Collaboration and Innovation” will focus on how collaborative partnerships and impactful investment is shaping the future of Sub-Saharan Africa.

Click here to download the conference flyer

ASAQS Annual Conference 2019

Save the date: 01 August 2019 @ Cape Town

Further details: TBA


What you get: :Banner adverts on the ASAQS website (over 60,000 page views/month on average!) A Mini-ad on the ASAQS website and on the Weekend Property and Construction News (over 10,700 subscribers) Preferential exposure of your products and services Targeted marketing at only R425.00 (excluding VAT) per month.
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