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Building a timber frame home?

Are you considering building a timber frame home or structure? A timber home is a significant investment, so it is important to do your research. ...

Upcoming event: Roof Erector Training

[Johannesburg, 11 September 2017]: Roof Erector Training, hosted by On Site Best Practice (OSBP), specialists in training for the waterproofing and ...

Four essentials for sound roof truss construction

There are four elements in roof truss construction that are vital for a sound end result. The Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA) ...

Industry insight: Timber decking done right

[Johannesburg, 31 August 2017]: While timber decking is most often associated with leisure and entertainment, and considered a complement to a larger ...

31 August 2017 – Workshop: National Building Regulations & SANS10400 Part L: Roofs

The Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA) cordially invites you to attend this topical workshop on Practical & Legal Aspects ...

28-30 August 2017 – Inspector Training – Gauteng Region

A Roof Inspector Training Course will be hosted at the Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA) head office (SAFCA Building, 6 Hulley ...

23-24 August 2017 – Cape Construction Conference & Trade Expo

The Cape Construction Conference & Trade Expo is the ultimate marketing experience for suppliers and solution providers to the construction ...

Climbing the scaffolding: South African women in roofing

[Johannesburg, 22 June 2017]: With Women’s Month fast approaching, the Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA), South Africa’s ...

Timber roof trusses and fire regulations

[Johannesburg, 5 June 2017]: While there are a few misconceptions around timber’s fire performance, structural timber for roofing is both ...

Designation of steel products & components for construction

The National Treasury has published an instruction note that from the 1st of February 2017 steel products and components for construction have been ...

Enhancing the Rights of Building Industry Workers

While the rights of all South African workers enshrined in the country’s constitution and labour legislation were celebrated on Workers’ Day on ...

Specifying for timber construction

[Johannesburg, 20 April 2017]: When specifying for timber construction, it is imperative to make a thorough study of elements, such as specific ...

Smart Buildings & Infrastructure

The Smart Buildings & Infrastructure series of summits is Africa’s only platform designed for decision-makers and analysts from the public ...

Builder’s Workshop highlights National Building Regulations

[Johannesburg, 3 April 2017]: Lephalale Municipality hosted its 2nd Annual Builder’s Workshop at the Mogol Club in Lephalale on the 15th of March ...

ITC-SA Fabricator Lucky Draw winner announced

The Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA) initiated a Lucky Draw for all ITC-SA Fabricator Members who signed up to renew their ...

ACE/TCE: Building Africa Together

The Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA) is proud to partner with the fifth annual African Construction and Totally Concrete ...

Compliant timber roof truss construction essential for sound roof structure

[Johannesburg, 22 March 2017]: Poorly constructed roofs have become a real concern in residential South Africa. The Institute for Timber Construction ...

Call for nominations: Women in Construction Awards

Now in its fifth year, the Women in Construction Awards have evolved into the leading African platform for the recognition and celebration of women ...

Workshop: Implementation of the National Building Regulations

Implementation of the National Building Regulations and especially the section pertaining to Energy Usage in Buildings (SANS10400-XA) with reference ...

Essential elements of sound roof truss construction

The roof is arguably one of the most important parts of any home construction; it protects the home’s contents, finishes and residents from the ...

Case study: Streamlining the complex residential roof

[Johannesburg, 23 February 2017]: Every so often, a complex residential roof, of average scale and with relatively small truss spans, arrives for ...

ITC-SA warns against non-compliant imported structural timber

[Johannesburg, 20 December 2016]: As the South African construction market experiences a shortage of structural timber, imports of the material have ...

The benefits of ‘Green’ building

Climate change is no longer a speculation but a reality in our lives. “The construction and operation of modern buildings, those in which we will ...

Why is legal compliance regarding roof maintenance so important?

The roof is a structurally important and very costly component of a building and the average cost of a roof as a portion of the final building can ...

Timber and Carbon Storage

Did you know that timber plays a significant role in carbon storage? Therefore, by choosing timber in design and construction projects this can help ...

Laminated timber viable for structural applications

[Johannesburg, 23 November 2016]: As a country whose available natural resources need to be conserved and used optimally, the South African ...

Radio interview: ITC-SA on BuildAid, MixFM

The Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA) joins BuildAid for a radio interview about timber roofing and construction on MixFM. ...

Your roof: Getting it right

Your roof is a structurally important and very costly component in any construction project. The average cost of a roof as a component of the final ...

Safety overhead: The importance of roof maintenance

[Johannesburg, 12 October 2016]: Although the importance of a roof structure as a component of a building and its functioning cannot be overstated, ...

New ITC-SA Board of Directors elected

 [Johannesburg, 2 September 2016]: The Institute for Timber Construction (ITC-SA), whose vision is to create and maintain the highest standards in ...

Wood wins at ITC-SA timber construction awards

 [Johannesburg, 30 August 2016]: A prominent highlight on the local timber construction calendar, The Annual Timber Engineered Product Awards, ...

Choosing a reputable timber deck builder: What you need to know

You’ve been dreaming about lazy summer days spent sipping sundowners, treading barefoot and catching some rays on your very own wooden deck for ...

Bar set high for upcoming timber construction awards

[Johannesburg, 10 August 2016]: The Annual Timber Engineered Product Awards, to be hosted by the Institute for Timber Construction (ITC-SA), aim to ...

Life cycle analysis of timber

Life cycle analysis (LCA) is a method of measuring the environmental impacts of building products over their whole life. The aim of a life cycle ...

Institute for Timber Construction (ITC-SA) to exhibit at Interbuild Africa 2016

[Johannesburg, 18 July 2016]: The Institute for Timber Construction (ITC-SA), South Africa’s professional body and regulator of the engineered ...

The benefits of pre-fabricated timber roof trusses

The Institute for Timber Construction (ITC-SA), South Africa’s professional body and regulator of the engineered timber structure industry, offers ...

Timber construction benefits

Timber framing is the most common form of construction in many countries around the world and is rapidly gaining popularity in South Africa. This is ...

The acoustic performance of timber

Timber performs strongly in the acoustic arena, whether the objective is to enhance or reduce sound. Its network of small interlocking wood cells ...

SAQA: What is a professional body?

A SAQA-accredited professional body must be a legally constituted entity with the necessary human and financial resources to undertake its functions, ...

ITC-SA set to attend WoodEX for Africa 2016

The Institute for Timber Construction (ITC-SA), South Africa’s professional body and regulator of the engineered timber structure industry, is set ...

ITC-SA to host Annual Timber Engineered Product Awards

The Institute for Timber Construction (ITC-SA), South Africa’s professional body and regulator of the engineered timber structure industry and ...

Embodied energy of timber

Embodied energy refers to the energy consumed in providing materials for building construction. It includes the extraction and processing of raw ...

Timber construction and the environment

Choosing timber frame building shows that you care about the environment and the planet. Here are the many reasons why:   Timber buildings are ...

Useful tips for choosing a reputable timber frame builder

Sometimes we come across customers that have had disappointing experiences with timber home builders in South Africa and thus, we provide you with a ...

Regulations and nail-plated timber roofs

The Institute for Timber Construction (ITC-SA) offers some important information regarding regulations and nail-plated timber roofs. When placing ...

Timber and carbon storage

Choosing timber in design and construction can help tackle climate change in several ways. One of the most important is wood’s capacity for ...

5 Myths about Timber Construction

There are many misconceptions surrounding timber construction in South Africa. In this article, we tackle 5 common myths associated with timber ...

Life cycle analysis of timber

Life cycle analysis (LCA) is a method of measuring the environmental impacts of building products over their whole life. The aim of a life cycle ...

Beware: Fraudulent engineering certificates

The Institute for Timber Construction-SA (ITC-SA) frequently receives complaints regarding failing roof structures. Normally, the resolution of a ...

ITC-SA becomes a SAQA Professional Body

The Insitute for Timber Construction (ITC-SA) has been awarded Professional Recognition by the Board of the South African Qualifications Authority ...