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 timber that is certified by either of the only accreditation bodies currently in South Africa: The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) and South African Technical Auditing Services (SATAS), who certify products in compliance with the relevant standards,” says Amanda Obbes, ITC-SA General Manager.
It is critical that standards are maintained at all times and that all timber produced and destined for the South African structural market is compliant. As such, it is expected that local as well as international manufacturers of structural timber destined for the South African market will be certified by a South African-based ISO 17065 accredited Product Certification Body, which is also applicable to the neighbouring states, i.e. Swaziland and Zimbabwe.
“We request that all members be aware of the need for compliance with national legislation and to not make use of either locally produced timber or imports that do not comply with the South African standards and requirements,” Obbes concludes.
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About the Institute for Timber Construction (ITC-SA):
As a professional body, the ITC-SA’s vision is to create and maintain the highest standards in the engineered timber construction industry by monitoring its membership, continuously improving standards, promoting and marketing engineered timber structures, and overseeing the training and development of its members.
The ITC-SA is a South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) accredited professional body with a professional membership and therefore must comply with the requirements as set out in the National Qualifications Framework Act (NQF Act 67 of 2008 – as amended). The ITC-SA is also a Category B Recognised Voluntary Association in terms of the Engineering Profession Act, 2000 (Act 46 of 2000).
The Institute was established 45 years ago to self-regulate the engineered timber roof structure industry and to provide design, manufacturing, erection, inspection and certification for compliance with inter alia SANS 10400 and SANS 10082, where engineering rational designs are applicable.
Image: The Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA) encourages its membership and the industry at large to remain steadfast in selecting and using only compliant structural timber.