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  • 52,982,000
  • 1,221,037 km2
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SANS 10400XA National Building Regulation (SANS)

  • Location:
    South Africa

  • Type of policy:
    Minimum energy performance standards (MEPS)

  • Implementation period:
    2011 to present

  • Title in original language:
    SANS10400XA The application of the National Building Regulations Part XA: Energy usage in buildings

The South African National Standard (SANS) 10400-XA is an instrument made by government to regulate energy use and encourage energy efficiency in building. For this purpose the government sets a set of requirements for the retrofitting of existing buildings and for the design of new buildings.


  • Covary, Theo (Lead author)
  • Adisorn, Thomas (Reviewer)

References and further reading

  • Climate Zones of South Africa: www.bigee.net/s/8ac8rh
  • GIZ (2014): Proposal for a revision and extension of Table 2 of SANS 204:2011 / Table 3 of SANS 10400XA (Maximum Annual Consumption per Building Classification for Each Climatic Zone) (not finalized)
  • Henshall-Howard, Peter (2012): The National Building Regulations Part Xa: Energy Efficiency www.bigee.net/s/v6yais
  • United Nations Environmental Programme (2009): Greenhouse Gas Emissions Baselines and Reduction Potentials from Buildings in South Africa
  • SANS 10400-XA: The application of the national building regulation – Part XA energy usage

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