All structural timber destined for, and employed by, the South African market must be compliant with local legislation.In light of the shortage of structural timber in the South African construction market and the subsequent rise in imports, the Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA) has warned that all structural timber must be compliant with local legislation.
National Building Regulations require structural timber to comply with SANS 1783, and both national and international manufacturers of structural timber supplied to South Africa are expected to be certified by a South African based ISO 17065-accredited certification body.
“Even so, it is not uncommon for non-compliant structural timber to be imported and supplied to the local market, including to formal roof-truss manufacturers, without there being any knowledge of the integrity of the finger joints, adhesive used or the grading of the timber,” remarks Abe Stears, managing director of the South African Technical Auditing Services (SATAS).
“Worse so, when a batch of non-compliant imported timber is rejected by a buyer, it is commonplace for that timber to simply be sold to another unsuspecting buyer. It is both unfair and unacceptable to expect local manufacturers to comply at a cost with the requirements, while non-compliant imported timber is allowed to be used in structural components,” says Stears.
“All industry professionals who make use of structural timber are urged not only to be aware of national legislation, but to not make use of any timber that does not comply with South African standards and requirements.”
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Note: Presently, only the South African Technical Auditing Services (SATAS) and the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) are accredited to certify manufacturers of products in compliance with SANS 1783.
Caption: The Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA) stresses that all imported structural timber destined for the South African market must be compliant with local legislation.