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 overlooked by government and civil society. There is a tendency to assume that building houses and communities is a “numbers only” exercise about the number of keys handed over without regard for the safety, sturdiness, liveability,…

Back to basics for the timber roof truss industry

Increasing recognition of timber’s invaluable role in the built environment raises the bar for South Africa’s prefabricated timber roof truss industry. Erik Söderlund, the newly appointed general manager of the Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA), says the institute’s objective for 2021 is to reduce the incidence of non-compliant site-made roof trusses. Söderlund says…

Structural timber: Know your standard dimensions, truss types and profiles

South Africa’s unique climate,  combined with specie matching and genetic engineering conducted for over a century by local forestry and sawmilling industries, underpins the country’s structural lumber products as truly world class. With that, there are critical guidelines around standard dimensions of structural timber, truss types and their profiles that must be adhered to in…

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Structural timber supply in South Africa

The Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA), the South African timber engineering industry’s professional body, wishes to reiterate the importance of using reputable timber suppliers or merchants whose timber complies with the relevant characteristic values. “We encourage our members and the industry at large to remain steadfast in selecting and using only compliant structural…

Sourcing laminated timber for structural applications: Where to start?

Laminated timber is enjoying increasing popularity, not only for its unique aesthetic appeal, but for its optimal use of natural resources and propensity to stand up to demanding structural applications. Amanda Obbes, General Manager of the Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA), remarks, “As with all structural timber, it is imperative that with respect to…