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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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3
Nov

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 institutions and organisations active in the UK’s construction and property industries. The CIC says it has a significant role in the UK’s road to “Net Zero new buildings by 2025”. The Action Plan comprises ten workstreams developed by professional institutions

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27
Jun

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 chairperson of WET, says the Gisborne plant is the only one of its type in the world. “This is the biggest development in wood processing in over 30 years. But, more importantly, OEL is helping New Zealand address its biggest challenges

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19
May

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 ITC-SA,” says structural timber expert, Prof Walter Burdzik of the University of Pretoria. Prof Burdzik is also a Director of the Institute for Timber Construction (ITC-SA). He emphasises that “the same principle applies

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26
Apr

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. Petrus Smit is presenting a workshop on Roof Inspection from 22 – 24 June 2021 in Cape Town. These workshops are popular, and seats are limited due to Covid-19 health and safety protocols. Don’t miss out.

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28
Nov

New CNC training facility launching at Stellenbosch University

A new CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) training facility will soon be launched at the Department of Forest & Wood Science at the University of Stellenbosch. The opening ceremony for this new facility will be hosted on 21 January 2020 between 10:00 and 11:30 at the Paul Sauer Forestry Building in Bosman Street, Stellenbosch. All interested parties are welcome to attend

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24
Oct

ITC-SA reverses dormancy resolution

The Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA) reverses its resolution of dormancy following overwhelming feedback from various quarters of the structural timber industry, the full spectrum of its membership as well as government departments, on the critical role that the Institute has played – and should continue to play – in South Africa’s engineered timber construction industry. In view

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7
Oct

South Africa’s professional body for engineered timber construction prepares for dormancy

Established more than 45 years ago to help formalise and advance the timber roof construction industry and protect its consumers, the Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA), South Africa’s professional body for the engineered timber construction industry, announces its resolution of dormancy as of 1 November 2019. This resolution was formally agreed upon at a recent board meeting held

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6
Sep

ITC-SA condemns gender-based violence & calls for swift, decisive government action

The Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA) has borne witness, alongside a mournful South Africa, to the ever-increasing heinous acts, including abuse, assault, rape and murder, carried out against the women and children of South Africa. The Institute condemns gender-based violence in the strongest terms and calls on government not only to take a strong stance on this national

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