Composite Rate Build Up for Internal Walls Superstructure – Approximate Quantities in Elemental Estimate Layout


CompositeRate Internal-Walls


Composite Rate Build Up – Internal Walls Superstructure

The Elemental Estimate layout and grouping of items will be used in this example. When building up composite rates for Approximate Quantities, you have to follow some basic principles. We are going to illustrate a composite rate build-up for Internal Walls:

Superstructure 115mm internal one brickwall 2900mm high, 150mm wide reinforcement every third course, including one coat cement plaster on smooth plastered walls both sides, one coat plaster primer and two coats Plascon Wall paint on both sides.

Step 1

First, you have to determine the Group unit of measurement. When you are measuring the internal walls (superstructure) in Elemental or Approximate Quantities estimating, the group unit of measurement is the square metre (m2).

Step 2

The second step is listing all associated Bill items that can be mapped to Internal Walls by area. These are:

  • 115mm one brickwall  – (m2) Rate – R131
  • 75mm wide brick reinforcement – (m) Rate – R2.50
  • One coat cement plaster –  (m2) Rate – R30
  • Painting (undercoat and overcoat) – (m2) Rate – R30

Step 3

Since your Group unit is the square metre (m2), you should convert the Bill item rates to Cost per Square Metre.

Rate Build Up


Rate – Cost Per Square Metre (m2)  Rands
1m2 of One brickwalls:  
1m2 = R131131131
1m2 of Brick reinforcement:
1 course = 86mm including mortar joint

3 courses = 86 x 3 = 258mm

1000mm Wall height has :

1000/258 = 3.88 Layers ,which is approximately 3.00 Layers.

Therefore 1m2 of brickwall has 3 Layers of brickforce.

3 Layers x 1m = 3m of reinforcement.

3m x R2.50 = R7.507.507.50
1m2 Cement plaster:
1000 x 1000 x 2 sides
1 x 1 x 2 = 2.00m2  
2.00m2 x R30 = R606030
1m2 Painting on plaster:
1000 x 1000 x 2 sides
1 x 1 x 2 = 2.00m2  
2.00m2 x R30 = R606030
Composite Rate – INTERNAL DIVISIONS258.50 

The composite rate for INTERNAL DIVISIONS (Superstructure Half Brickwalls) is R258.50 per square metre.

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