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The ultimate QS challenge: building almost entirely with scrap materials

Friday, 10 June 2016  
Posted by: Bert vd Heever
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This article appeared in the May 2016 issue of Concrete Trends

For many centuries, quantity surveyors were regarded as financial managers for conventional building projects. But the ‘green revolution’ has changed that. Nowadays, a quantity surveyor (QS) has to be able to control costs for the most unusual type of structure – even one built almost entirely with scrap materials.




This has been the challenge for De Leeuw Namibia, a subsidiary of South African quantity surveyors, the De Leeuw Group, a long-standing member firm of the SA Association of Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS).

Chris de Wet, chairman of the De Leeuw Group and ASAQS former director, says the Group has in its 58 years been involved in a wide variety of building projects. Till now, the QS’s Bills of Quantities formula applied, but a new era, with immense sustainability challenges, excites this veteran QS.

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