Press Releases

11
Sep

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 roofing industries, will be taking place at Northlink College in Belhar, Cape Town, in September. The Roof Erector Training offers an interactive learning space for delegates to engage with theory and practical team activities, and will be of particular

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31
Aug

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 structure, the importance of correct deck building is not always fully appreciated. Peter Bissett of well-renowned KwaZulu-Natal timber construction company, Cottage Concepts, Timber Deck Member of the Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA), shares insight into the

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22
Jun

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 professional body and regulator of the engineered timber structure industry, spotlights three of its female members, who share their experiences as women in construction. While the South African construction sector is a provider of a significant number of jobs and fertile

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5
Jun

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 commonplace and performs well under fire conditions. As with every aspect of building, timber roof trusses must be manufactured and erected in line with the National Building Regulations and SANS 10400, which provide for fire safety.  Building regulations, set in

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21
Apr

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 designs, site conditions, the National Building Regulations as well as timber quality, to ensure a successful project. The Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA) weighs in. In South Africa, under the Building Standards Act (Act 103/1977 as

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3
Apr

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 2017, which saw a number of local construction professionals brush up on their working knowledge of the National Building Regulations. Established with the aim of standardising correct and legal construction in South Africa, and for which local

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22
Mar

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 South Africa (ITC-SA) offers insight into legislation governing this aspect of a building as well as guidelines for a correctly built, sound timber roof structure. Arguably one of the most important parts of any home construction, the roof protects

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23
Feb

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 design and estimation at a timber roof truss fabricator. While it may not necessarily be of grand scale, even relatively small yet complex projects can cause frustrations to all along the supply chain – with mounting time and

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20
Dec

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 become necessary and are on the rise. In the light of this, the Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA) stresses that all imported structural timber destined for – and employed by – the South African market must be

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23
Nov

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 construction trade can benefit from making use of laminated timber beams for structural applications. So says Abe Stears, Managing Director of the South African Technical Auditing Services (SATAS), who offer certification and inspection services for the timber, chemical, metallurgical

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