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Examining the current state of the BOQ

On March 30, 2021, Posted by , In SARACCA News Blog, With No Comments

HVAC contracting, the BOQ, and the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors’ standard system of measurement for building work. The purpose of a Bill of Quantities (BOQ) is to set out the work to be done, or initially tendered on as indicated on the drawings and as contained in the…

Should I Get Air Conditioning at Home?

On March 24, 2021, Posted by , In SARACCA News Blog, With No Comments

You may invest in the best home or residential property, but fail when it comes to equipping your property with the right facilities. An air conditioner (AC or air con) is one of the best facilities that you can install on your property. If you don’t own an air-con or…

Future Technology Will Focus on Sustainability, Automation, and Data

On March 15, 2021, Posted by , In SARACCA News Blog, With No Comments

Since the first electric furnace was developed in 1861, HVAC technology has forever transformed the way we live. No longer are we huddled next to the fire to keep warm in winter or sleeping outside in the hot summer months. The first century or so in HVAC technology was dominated…

HVAC sterilisation technology makes progress to inactivate coronavirus

On February 26, 2021, Posted by , In SARACCA News Blog, With No Comments

Global air conditioning manufacturer Mitsubishi has recently confirmed its latest proprietary air purification technology has the ability to remove and inactivate the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). The latest technology includes a patented air purification and an enzyme-urea formulation processor that exposes cells to UV-C LED radiation to remove and inactivate airborne…

Responsible Refrigeration Article 61

On February 25, 2021, Posted by , In Director's Column, With No Comments

Renewal of registration. The requirement in the Pressure Equipment Regulations that only authorised persons who are registered with SAQCC Gas may work on systems under pressure is very real and a legal requirement in the OHS Act. Based on the latest registration numbers the progress in new registrations has been…

Responsible Refrigeration Article 60

On February 25, 2021, Posted by , In Director's Column, With No Comments

This month I deviate again from refrigeration requirements for compliance to meet skills training and registration with SAQCC Gas. To follow on from last month’s discussion I recently read an article regarding a complaint that air conditioning causes illness through colds and hay fever. One point made is that and…

Responsible Refrigeration Article 59

On February 25, 2021, Posted by , In Director's Column, With No Comments

While I have been writing about being responsible when working on refrigeration systems and being registered as an Authorised Refrigeration Gas Practitioner we have ignored the quality of the air in a home, shop or office. Far too often when a room air conditioner is installed the user assumes that…

Responsible Refrigeration Article 58

On February 25, 2021, Posted by , In Director's Column, With No Comments

Recently there have been discussions and planning by the Department of Higher Education to increase the capacity of the so called TVET colleges to address the skills shortage. The intention is to cover a wide spectrum of work trades. With regard to refrigeration and air conditioning there are serious challenges…

Responsible Refrigeration Article 49

On February 25, 2021, Posted by , In Director's Column, With No Comments

The registering of air conditioning and refrigeration installers and artisans is a process managed by SARACCA and SAQCC Gas. To date only approximately 2400 practitioners have been registered out of an estimated 6000 to 7000 people working in the air conditioning and refrigeration industry. I addition there are a large…

Responsible Refrigeration Article 48

On February 25, 2021, Posted by , In Director's Column, With No Comments

Many registered Practitioners are often faced with a dilemma when called out to an installation whether it be a refrigeration plant or refrigeration associated with air conditioning. The plant is in a poor state and at some point in its life has been ‘butchered’ making it seriously compromised. The inspection…

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