Course information (Content/Overview):

 The aim of this CPD event is to equip designers with guidelines for the practical and healthy design of institutional buildings like crèches, granny flats, housing for the aged, old age homes, and service centres.

Although it seems to be a specialised field, most designers are sometime or other faced with the conversion of a home into a childcare centre, a granny flat, a new or small addition to a home for the aged, etc. A short session on service centres for seniors will be done as well.  Thus this seminar will apply to all categories of designers in a larger or lesser degree.

The only guideline available to the average designer is SANS 10400 (Part S and other applicable parts).  This is however insufficient for practical design and does not treat the requirements of other relevant government departments and policies that apply to these buildings.  These will be explored in the workshop as well as other practical design criteria and best practices drawn from 40yrs of experience in this field by the presenter.

Summary of key points:

Session 1:Child care centre/also called a crèche or nursery school

  • Basic minimum areas required for the building
  • Outside play areas required
  • Layout of different facilities (sketches provided)
  • Ablutions required
  • Lighting required
  • Colour schemes recommended
  • Flooring
  • Fire

 Session 2, 3, 4 and 5 : Granny flats, retirement villages, homes for the Aged and Alzheimer facilities

  • All facilities required by SANS 10400 and Government polities
  • Basic minimum dimensions of facilities (policy requirement)
  • Layout of all the prescribed (sketches provided)
  • Lighting required for different facilities (type and LUX intensity)
  • Other facilities not covered in SANS or polities
  • Heating and cooling
  • Other services and fire

Session 6: service centres for seniors

  • Layout as per community needs
  • Basic facilities required
  • Layout of facilities
  • Best practices

 Handout - a CD with the presentation in PDF, sketches and Government Polities will be supplied. (Professionals may bring own memory sticks for downloading the material if preferred)

Venue :Waterkloof Guest House and Conference Centre, 445 Albert Street, Pretoria.

Time:8:30am to 4pm

Date: Friday, 18 October 2019

Closing date for Registration: Friday,11 October 2019

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Cost of workshop

R1600 – on/before 11 October 2019

R1400 – SAIBD Members (paid up members only), on/before 11 October 2019

Cancellation/refunds will only be accepted a week prior to the set date.  Should no cancellation be received within this period, no refunds will be made for non-attendance!

Dietary requirements to be forwarded a week prior to date.

CPD Category: 1

CPD Credits: 1.0

Course validation: SAIBD

Name of VA, ALS hosting the CPD course: South African Institute of Building Design

Contact person for course information and bookings: Rehana Gaffar

Tel.: 031 202 4726

Fax: 086 509 9877

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Banking details/ booking details or other important information

SAIBD, Standard Bank
Acc. no: 051 406 500
Durban North,
Branch code : 042 826

(Please use Surname and SACAP registration no. as reference)


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