keyboard_arrow_upInstitute of Timber Frame Builders takes form
keyboard_arrow_downInstitute of Timber Frame Builders takes form

The Institute of Timber Frame Builders (ITFB) – the new organisation formed from the merger last year of the long-established Timber Frame Builders Association and the Institute of Timber Construction – is making progress on a number of fronts. This was reported at the organisation’s general meeting at end 2010. Within the context of the ITFB’s general mandate to promote the interests of the timber frame construction sector, specific aspects being addressed include a new training course, the establishment of a training college, a new inspectorate, a new publication serving ITFB members, and a membership drive to strengthen representation.

keyboard_arrow_upTimber and timber preservatives
keyboard_arrow_downTimber and timber preservatives

During 2010 Arch Wood Protection presented its Continuing Professional Development seminars in Cape Town, Pretoria and Johannesburg. The course content, assessed and validated by the South African Institute of Architects (SAIA), is classified as a category one CPD activity and carries a 0.2 CPD credit. The seminars attracted architects, specifiers, contractors and other role players in the timber sector and focused on providing information on the general attributes, applications and treatment of timber as well as legislative issues related to timber production and use in South Africa.

keyboard_arrow_upTimber construction to scale at Interbuild 2010
keyboard_arrow_downTimber construction to scale at Interbuild 2010

The Interbuild exhibition in Johannesburg in September provided a platform to showcase timber in construction in a full-scale timber frame home which was erected in one of the exhibition halls. The idea was first put forward by the Institute of Timber Frame Builders (ITFB) and the exhibition house was coordinated as a joint venture by the Wood Foundation and the Institute of Timber Construction (ITC) so that all aspects of timber construction could be displayed.