Joy Crane

8
May

#Time for timber tackles the Finance & Insurance sectors

“Now is the time to invest in building in timber for the prosperity of the country and its residents, for employment, for the economy and ultimately for safeguarding the environment, today and tomorrow.” The UK’s construction industry has launched a #Time for Timber campaign. It directly targets the financial and insurance sectors and accuses them of misconceptions about building with

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8
May

The Japanese trend of replacing homes every 30 years is changing

In most countries, older homes usually sell for a premium because of their history, charm, and structural integrity. But in Japan, houses rapidly depreciate over time, becoming nearly valueless in 20 to 30 years. Newly-built homes are the crux of the Japanese housing market obsessed with a culture of razing and rebuilding. This approach to building longevity has its roots

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8
May

ITC-SA appoints Francois Louw to audit fabricator members

The Institute for Timber Construction (ITC-SA) has appointed an independent auditor, Francois Louw, to conduct the annual compliance audits of its roof truss Fabricator members. The Institute’s Erik Söderlund explains that the annual audit confirms that the approximately 170 Fabricator members comply with the relevant South African National Standards (SANS), applicable technical regulations and any appropriate ITC -SA manufacturing procedures.

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4
Feb

Welcome to 2022!

By Erik Söderlund, ITC-SA General Manager Welcome to 2022! The Directors and staff of the Institute for Timber Construction (ITC-SA) would like to thank the members for revitalising the Institute after the ups and downs of 2019 and 2020. We wish you a year of good health, success, inspiration, personal growth and prosperity. January presents an opportunity for a fresh

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4
Feb

MIT Engineers research ways to reduce carbon footprints of truss structures

New research at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT) could help architects and builders reduce the carbon footprint of truss structures. The analysis by graduate student Ernest Ching and MIT Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Josephine Carstensen appeared in the journal Engineering Structures in November 2021. The researchers say the materials used in the construction and ongoing operations

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4
Feb

SACAP Professionals gain from JHB online permit system

The City of Johannesburg’s Department of Development Planning is in the final stages of piloting and tweaking its electronic Construction Permit Management System (CPMS) and urges architects to register as soon as possible. Designed specifically for building permit purposes, the CPMS will streamline the current Site Development and Building Plan permit system. Professionals registered with the South African Council for

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4
Feb

NHBRC pilots online building services

The National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) is piloting an online services platform for builder registration and renewal applications. The pilot project went live in KwaZulu-Natal in December 2021. Gauteng and Mpumalanga will follow early this year before it rolls out nationally. “This is part of the broader NHBRC digital services strategic initiative that seeks to deliver services in an

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4
Feb

Construction Alliance celebrates its first birthday

Construction Alliance South Africa (CASA), an umbrella body of 36 organisations across the construction value chain, used the occasion of its first anniversary on 21 January 2021 to launch its website and confirm its commitment to rebuilding the sector. Its membership is broad and includes built environment professionals, contractors, suppliers, manufacturers and industry bodies. CASA evolved from the Construction Covid-19

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13
Dec

Technical paper: assessing carbon impacts of timber

Assessing the carbon-related impacts of timber is complex. Timber Development UK and its Sustainability Group commissioned Jane Anderson to write a Technical Paper on the topic. Anderson is a world-renowned expert on Embodied Carbon, Life Cycle Assessments and Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) for the construction industry. She is the UK expert on CEN/TC350/WG3, which developed EN 15804:2011, the European Standard

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13
Dec

Timber trusses are greener than light gauge steel

“In comparison to the aviation industry, which contributes roughly 2-3% of global emissions, embodied carbon, specifically steel and concrete production, contributes about 8-10% of global emissions.” Zaid Alwan, Senior Lecturer, Department of Architecture and the Built Environment at Northumbria University. In South Africa, like the rest of the world, the high environmental impact of buildings and the construction process is

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