Myths 2020-11-17T13:39:24+00:00
  • Wood is good for human health. Photo by Aaron Burson | Unsplash

Wood is good for the brain

By | May 12th, 2021|Myths|

Wood is not only good for the local economy, but it is also a major driver of wellbeing and health. The South African forestry and forest product sector employs 158 000 people, with 690 000 [...]

  • There is legislation governing South Africa's building and construction sector that specifies standards for designing, constructing, and erecting timber roof trusses. Photo by Sterling Lumber

ITC-SA a major player in solving the housing crisis

By | April 12th, 2021|Myths|

According to Erik Soderlund, general manager at the Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA), the ITC-SA is a significant player in the process of resolving the housing crisis. […]

  • Exterior Valle Wood, Oslo. Mass timber office building. Photo by Anders Vestergaard Jensen | Unsplash

Are mass timber buildings viable?

By | March 30th, 2021|Myths, Talking Timber|

A recent study by Stephanus van der Westhuizen, structural engineer at Zutari, looked at the economic viability of a multi-storey mass timber building for South Africa through a development cost comparison. […]

  • Vascol Azure makes it possible to treat wood products in their final shape. Image credit: Lonza Wood Preservatives

Alternative preservative retains market share

By | February 5th, 2021|Features, Myths|

Edited by Leon Louw In response to the growing awareness of end consumers making more eco-sensitive choices and the resultant shifting demand by treaters for an alternative to metal-based solvent treatment products, Lonza Wood Protection [...]

  • Image credit: Leon Louw

The potential of engineered wood as a sustainable construction material

By | January 20th, 2021|Myths, Talking Timber|

By Chrisna du Plessis, Department of Architecture, University of Pretoria Despite wide-spread use around the world, South Africans still regard timber construction with suspicion, best left to holiday log cabins and Wendy houses. [...]

  • Standards and regulations are essential when using timber as a construction material. Image credit: Island Timber Frame

Standards needed for timber

By | December 11th, 2020|Myths|

By Rudolf Opperman, NRCS architecture and National Building Regulations technical adviser   Building standards and regulations are essential when talking about using timber as a construction material. It will be worth looking at the most important [...]