News

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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

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

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 the Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA) are not-to-be-missed opportunities for young professionals to catch up with the latest industry news, share experiences and meet some of the local the trailblazers who have been part of

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3
Nov

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 new, modern branding for its five Professional Designations. The institute’s sought-after Professional Designations are Certified Timber Roof Truss Designer, Certified Roof Fabricator, Certified Roof Erector, Certified Roof Inspector and Accredited Timber Engineer. “The ITC-SA plays a critical role

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3
Nov

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 investment and economic recovery”. Don’t miss speeches by: Eustace Mashimbye, Proudly South African Michael Peter, Forestry South Africa (FSA) Mpho Lethoko, Sappi Southern Africa Penwell Lunga, Chairperson South African Furniture Initiative (SAFI) Prof Bruce Sithole, Council

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3
Nov

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 science, recognise the significance of their country’s timber and forest industries, and adopt wood more widely in their country’s built environment. The manifesto is a collaboration between Australian, European, American, New Zealand and Canadian woodworking and sawmilling organisations, institutes, academics

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5
Oct

Materials passports for buildings

The “circular economy” is the new buzzword on the European sustainability agenda. Of particular concern is the European Union (EU’s) built environment. The building and construction sector uses half of all new resources and generates more than a third of all waste. The EU believes an only solution is a new approach and new tools to enable the sector to

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5
Oct

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 Asia. While their capacity to prevent or cope with climate impacts is poor, these regions will host nearly all anticipated 2.5-million additional urban residents by 2050. Recent research predicts that by 2050, 1.6-billion urban dwellers will be regularly

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