HOUSE PILLAY - Kirstenhof, Constantia, Cape Town

An extension to an existing house, this project presented a number of challenges in terms of the following:

- Tying in to the existing house;

- respecting the neighbour's rights;

- responding to the local authorities' restriction on the technicality of a second dwelling versus an outbuilding;

- the client insisted on being closely involved in the poroject from the early stages to the construction and procurement processes.

In addition to this the building had to comply with the new SANS 10400 Part XA - Energy Usage in Buildings in terms of heat loss/gain, water usage and hot water generation, energy usage, ventilation and lighting. This was particularly complex because all existing spaces on the property had to be proven to be compliant as part of the SANS 10400 Part XA requirement.