National Building Regulations workshop to focus on roofing

The Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA), SAQA-registered Professional Body for the engineered timber construction industry, will be hosting a free CPD-accredited workshop in Pietermaritzburg on the 31st of August with the assistance of the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) on the practical and legal aspects of the National Building Regulations with specific reference to SANS 10400 Part L: Roofs.

It has come to the attention of the ITC-SA that with regards to the implementation of the National Building Regulations SANS 10400 Part L: Roofs, which covers SANS 10243 (Manufacture and Erection of Timber Trusses), SANS 10163 (Structural use of Timber), SANS 1783 sections 1 and 2 (Sawn Softwood Timber) and SANS 10005 (The Preservative Treatment of Timber), a large percentage of buildings do not comply with the law.

A factor contributing to this phenomenon is a measure of ignorance in the sector around the responsibilities associated with each function in the building process. There are many misconceptions held among some professional practitioners and contractors in the built environment about the scope of their involvement up to project completion in ensuring the conditions of the relevant regulations are met.

The municipal building control office relies on the knowledge and integrity of the professional team responsible for designing, overseeing and final inspection of the roof structures to ensure conformance to the regulations by issuing a certificate of compliance.

Why, then, are so many buildings not conforming to the code?

To address this controversial issue, the ITC-SA, with the assistance of the SALGA, will explain the roles and responsibilities of the professional practitioners in the built environment with respect to implementing SANS 10400 Part L: Roofs.
The purpose of the workshop is to sensitize all the role players in the built environment who are tasked with submitting building applications to the local authorities about their legal responsibilities and to clarify any misconceptions about their accountability and responsibility in the process.


9:00 Gavin Brown – Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA)
Site-made Trusses vs. Prefabricated Trusses (the LEGAL way)

10:30 Abe Stears – South African Timber Auditing Services (SATAS)
Certification of Structural Timber – What does it mean?

11:15 Bruce Breedt – SA Wood Preservers Association (SAWPA)
Timber Treatment, Standards and Regulations

12:00 Werner Slabbert (Jnr) – Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA)
Timber Frame Housing

12:30 LUNCH

13:15 Thihangwi Madau – National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC)

14:00 Favourite Khanya – South African Local Government (SALGA)

14:30 Q&A

The workshop is free to attend and is set to be hosted at the Ascot Conference Centre, 210 Woodhouse Road, Pietermaritzburg on the 31stof August 2017 starting 8.30 for 9:00 and is validated for 1 CPD point by the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) and the South African Institute of Architects (SAIA).

RSVP by completing the attached registration form and submitting it via email to either or by no later than 24 August 2017. For any other enquiries, contact Amanda Obbes on 011 974 1061 or Jenni de Waal on 021 854 4435.

Source: ITC-SA


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