Namibian Standards Institution to promote building regulation

WINDHOEK: The Namibian Standards Institution (NSI) will promote and facilitate the formulation of building regulations in accordance with international practices.

Ueritjiua Kauaria, the NSI’s general manager (GM) for Standards and Coordination, said this on Wednesday during a consultative meeting regarding Namibia’s building construction regulations.

He said the NSI is mandated to deal with standardisation, but it is up to the regulator (Government) to decide on how it wants to formulate such regulations.

The GM further mentioned the objectives of the NSI and the Senior Experten Service (SES) project, which aims to examine the current regulatory practices in the construction industry in Namibia.

He noted that since the construction and oil industries are internationally full of complex issues because of the number of players involved and dealing with huge sums of money with huge projects, it is the regulator’s function to make sure that buildings built comply with certain standards.

Kauaria added that the NSI would like to meet and work closely with relevant stakeholders which include key implementing partners such as Government, private sector, real estate sector, construction industry, building services sector, civil society and academia.