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Institute for Timber Construction (ITC)

In pursuit of its primary aim of regulating the application of structural timber, the ITC is involved in the following activities:-

  • Developing encouraging and maintaining high standards in the design, fabrication and erection of timber roof structures
  • Acquiring the necessary skills in the field of timber engineering either from international sources or by research in order to develop reliable codes of practice. Such codes will ensure uniform and high standards of design and construction throughout the industry.
  • The research and updating of bracing and connection rules through the Timber Engineering Advisory Committee and publication of erectors and designers handbooks in order to disseminate the information into the market place.
  • Arranging of awareness seminars on erection and bracing procedures for Engineers, Architects, Clerks of Works, Building Inspectors, Builders and Carpenters
  • Encouraging the removal of barriers for the acceptance of timber structures by Local Authorities, Government Agencies, Lending Institutions and Professional Groups.
  • Working to establish the availability of appropriate grades, sizes and quality timber that will ensure safe and economical timber structures.
  • Providing the expertise to answer technical enquiries effectively and to investigate problem structures impartially, or to act on complaints from customers or fabricators in an unbiased and fair manner, in this way inspiring confidence in timber structures on the part of designers and specifiers.
  • Assisting with the auditing of licensed fabricators for the awarding of the “Certificate of Competence” to those companies which design, manufacture and supply pre-fabricated nail plated roof trusses and to ensure the continued process of re-auditing on due dates of such companies operations and key personnel. Audits are to be done in conjunction with either an independent auditor or an authorised representative from the companies system suppliers.
  • The training of Roof Erectors in accordance with requirements of SANS 10243 codes of practice for the erection and bracing of timber roof structures and awarding of a Certificate of Competence to suitably qualified member Erectors
  • To maintain close co-operation and association with the National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC)
  • Direct representation on the following committees:
    • Education and Training Advisory Committee
    • Structural Division of the SA Institute of Civil Engineers
    • SABS Timber Division and Civil Engineering Division
  • Ensuring that the industries' viewpoints are accommodated and protected in the compilation of all documents on grading specifications, design codes and matters affecting National Building Regulations.
  • The ITC Timber Engineering Advisory Committee maintains its status as the official drafting committee for the code of practice for the design of timber structures.
  • The continued existence of the Standards, Inspections and Audits Committee, in order to regulate and control safe and consistent standards within the industry.
  • The ITC will pursue and assist in the enforcement of the “A19" process of the National Building Regulations through all Local Authorities by offering the ITC approved Designers and appointed Inspectors to fulfil the role of Approved Designers, Inspectors of the structural system in order to comply with statutory requirements.
  • To continue subsidising the SA Bureau of Standards, random inspections of truss manufacturing plants are performed  in order to uplift and maintain desired quality standards.
  • To ensure close liaison with the Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) in the development of unit standards for the manufacture of nail plated timber roof trusses and also for the erection of timber roof trusses and to facilitate training in these disciplines, in compliance with the Skills Development Act.
  • To amend National Building Regulations SANS 10400 to include in regulation A18 the control of persons erecting roof trusses to be under the adequate control of a trained and competent erector or approved competent person.
  • To establish a Certificate of Competence for truss estimators/designers.
  • To promote a code of ethics for roof truss manufacturers.
  • To monitor the contractual obligations of systems and licensees and ensure adherence to agreed procedures.
  • To compile and update bracing and erection manuals in order to disseminate correct procedures to members and to the industry at large. In order to avoid disorder and confusion in the industry, it can be seen that the continued existence of the ITC is essential.
  • In order to continue with smooth governance the ITC has established a regional branch in the Western Cape and KZN, now controlling activities successfully in those areas.
  • A fledgling branch has been founded in the Southern/Eastern Cape.
  • The ITC has, with the support of the 4 main Systems and the members, established a structural funding source by which the board’s strategic plans and the objectives can be achieved and in order to succeed it is necessary to have the full support of all members in order to better further the Institute's plans.