Timber Construction

20
Sep

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. We’ve listed just a few advantages of timber buildings to help you along your way. Timber structures: Act as carbon sinks Light and environmentally friendly Well suited to eco-sensitive, hard-to-reach sites or unstable soil conditions

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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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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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14
Nov

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 building cost can easily exceed 25% of the total cost. The cost of repair or replacement will be more than this quoted percentage due to the additional work that will be required to establish

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30
Aug

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, hosted by the Institute for Timber Construction (ITC-SA) at Nasrec Expo Centre in Johannesburg on the 19th of August, showcased and rewarded top class workmanship in the fields of decking, timber frame construction and roofing. As part of the ITC-SA’s ongoing

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10
Aug

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 recognise excellence in the timber construction sector. With stringent submission requirements in various categories, an impressive panel of judges and a focus on energy efficiency, this year’s awards are set to highlight the very best in South African

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5
Aug

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 analysis is to identify, quantify and assess the impact of the energy and materials used and wastes released to the environment throughout the life of a building product. There are many life cycle analysis methodologies

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5
Jul

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 insight into the benefits of pre-fabricated roof trusses and how to prevent costly and potentially dangerous situations arising from having a non-compliant, site-manufactured roof installed by an erector that is not ITC-SA accredited.  

31
May

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 converts sound energy into heat energy by frictional resistance within these cells and by vibrations within their sub-structure. Because of this internal friction, wood has a stronger sound dampening capacity than most structural materials. While a concrete

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22
Mar

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 materials, along with manufacturing, transport and product delivery processes. The embodied energy of a building can be lowered by using locally available, natural materials that are both durable and recyclable, with a design that incorporates components that are easy to

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