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#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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

NHBRC pilots online building services

The National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) is piloting an online services platform for builder registration and renewal applications. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

ECSA clarifies CPD for retired registered persons

Ivan Horner, the Manager of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) at the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA), issued a notice on 2 ...

The ITC-SA is alive and kicking in KZN

ITC-SA trailblazers in KZN. Colin Armstrong and Bobby Shoayb attended the very first meeting of the organisation 49 years ago. Regional Meetings of ...

Modern branding for professional designations

  The Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA) is celebrating the contribution of its members in the global circular economy with ...

Watch team SA’s Forestry & Fibre gurus at expo 2020 Dubai

In Dubai on 12 November at 8h00 South African time, Team SA presents “Forests and Fibre – A renewable and sustainable option to green ...

The UK’s professional institutions’ climate action plan

The UK’s Construction Industry Council (CIC) recently released its Climate Action Plan that embraces all the interests of the professional ...

The time for timber is now – International wood manifesto launched

The Wood Manifesto, Growing Our Low-Carbon Future: Time for Timber, calls on the world’s politicians and policymakers to acknowledge the ...

Materials passports for buildings

The “circular economy” is the new buzzword on the European sustainability agenda. Of particular concern is the European Union ...

A practical guide to climate-resilient buildings & communities

According to the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN), countries at the highest risk of climate change are in Africa and South/Southeast ...

ITC-SA welcomes new directors

The Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA) is proud to announce the appointment of three new and additional Directors to its Board. ...

ECSA consults voluntary associations on the IDoEW

The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) hosted the first of several industry consultations on the Identification of Engineering Work (IDoEW) ...

American university recreates truss for Notre Dame Cathedral

Tonya Ohnstad and a group of carpenters, architecture students and volunteers at the Catholic University of America use 800-year-old methods to ...

Identification of engineering works regulations released

The Government Gazette No 44333 containing the Identification of Engineering Work Regulations was published in March 2021. The Engineering Council of ...

Forestry master plan unlocks sector competitiveness

The Forestry Sector Masterplan (FSM) to revitalise the forestry, pulp and paper, sawn timber, board products and utility poles, and treated products ...

Designated roof erectors keep the roofs Above our heads

The Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA) receives several inquiries from people who want to become Certified Roof Erectors each ...

What is a professional designation?

The South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) recognises the Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA) as the Professional Body ...

Winning with connected construction

Every day, around the world, more than 200,000 people are moving into cities. Cities need to expand. Yet, only 25% of the infrastructure we’ll need ...

“Megacities” developing in Gauteng

By 2030 Gauteng will have two huge new cities, socially diverse, digitally connected and ecologically responsible and sustainable. That’s if the ...

Short term boost for construction

The citizens of South Africa are still reeling, and the costs are escalating in the aftermath of the recent unrest, looting and wanton destruction of ...

Is graded SA Pine the best structural wood in the world?

By Dr Brand Wessels, University of Stellenbosch Yes, it is true. South Africa’s pine plantations are the source of the best structural timber in ...

Positive feedback from future roof inspectors

Future roof inspectors enjoyed the three-day Roof Inspector’s Course presented by Petrus Smidt in June in Cape Town. The course content is approved ...

World’s first Optimised Engineered Lumber (OEL) plant opens

Wood Engineering Technology (WET) in New Zealand says its Optimised Engineered Lumber (OEL) sawmill is open for business. Angus Fletcher, the ...

Building material manufacturers confident, building sector cautious

After slipping to 27 in 1Q2021, the FNB/BER Building Confidence Index increased to 39 in 2Q2021. Even though this is the highest index level since ...

The ITC-SA is a Non-Statutory Professional Body. What does that mean?

It is midway through the year and a good time to pause and reflect on the past six months and see whether your business is on track to achieve its ...

First regional meeting since 2019 motivates Western Cape members

The Western Cape members of the Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA) recently enjoyed an opportunity to meet while heeding the ...

Architect Education Needs an Overhaul

The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in the UK estimates that 35% of the lifecycle carbon from a typical office development is emitted ...

Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) News

NON-VALIDATED CPD ACTIVITIES The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) warns members that certain providers are impersonating the ECSA brand by ...

African Construction Activity in 2020

Deloitte’s 2020 edition of the Africa Construction Trends Report on managing supply chain risk and disruption in capital projects includes 385 ...

Don’t Ignore the Fire Regulations

“Any failure of a truss plant or roof inspector to insist on the separation of roofs as prescribed in the fire regulations must be reported to the ...

AGM Endorses ITC-SA’s “Back To Roots” Strategy

The 2021 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the ITC-SA unanimously endorsed the decision of its Board of Directors in 2020 to return the Institute to ...

Connected Construction free Webinar

With construction projects demanding increased efficiencies, Building Information Modelling (BIM) addresses these requirements across the ...

Western Cape Property Development Forum’s (WCPDF’s) Annual Conference open for all

The impressive line-up of speakers, facilitators and panellists include leaders in economic development, investment strategists, municipal ...

DECLINING BUILDING ACTIVITY

  After rising to 29 in the last quarter of 2020, the FNB/BER Building Confidence Index has slipped by two points to 27 in the first quarter of ...

INSPECTOR TRAINING IN JUNE 2021

  Roof Inspection Services is presenting a workshop on Roof Inspection from 1 – 3 June 2021 at the ITC-SA offices in Isando, Johannesburg. ...

GLULAM BEAMS MUST COMPLY WITH SA’S STANDARDS

  All timber sold and used for structural purposes in South Africa must meet the strength requirements for stress grade 5 as a minimum. Timber ...

NHBRC REPRESENTATIVES ATTEND ITC-SA WORKSHOP IN MPUMALANGA

  By Erik Söderlund The ITC-SA held a very productive and interactive workshop with Mpumalanga’s National Homebuilders Registration ...

Global roof truss report and forecast 2020-2027

  The Wood Truss Market’s latest issue – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2020 – 2027 is now ...

Welcome back, Nicky Naidu

  The Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA) congratulates Nicky (Nandgopaul) Naidu on his appointment to the position of ...

The ITC-SA is a significant player in the process of solving the housing crisis

  The Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA’s) crucial role in solving the country’s housing crisis is often ...

ITC-SA appoints two Regional Coordinators

  The Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA)is pleased to announce the appointment of two Regional Coordinators to assist its ...

ECSA approves ITC-SA as CPD Licensed Body

  Timber Construction (ITC-SA) welcomes the decision by the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) to recognise the Institute as aVoluntary ...