How to ensure that your trusses can be used in roof construction
It is fair to invest quite a bit of planning into your roof design and construction as it is one of your homes heaviest, largest and most expensive structures in the design process. There are still many clients who are building a home that will choose the price over the quality when it comes to materials and workmanship, which according to ITC-SA (the Institute for Timber Construction South Africa) can have very costly and often devastating implications.
Roof truss designs are assessed according to part L of the National Building Regulations (SANS 10400) and the national standard which is supposed to be applied by all of the local authorities when assessing a building plan application.
The legal mandate for the National Building Regulations is the National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act (Act 103 of 1977) (NBR).
In line with the Construction Regulation 2014, the Government Gazette Number 37305, which is dated 7th of February 2014, Structures 11, (2), the owner of a structure needs to ensure that:
1 – The inspections of the structure are carried out periodically by competent persons so that they render the structure safe for any continued use.
2 – The inspections that are contemplated in paragraph (a) get carried out at least once in every 6 months for the first two years and thereafter once a year.
3 – This structure is maintained in a way that it will remain safe for continued use.
4 – The records of maintenance and inspections are kept and made available on request to an inspector.
The above clearly shows us what the responsibilities of building owners are and id something outward should happen and the roof was not properly inspected in that year, they will be hard pressed to explain why is was not. With that said, this will not free the truss plant, the designer and ultimately the system supplier of their moral responsibility in this matter.
At Gautruss we offer our clients professional delivery service to any location in Gauteng. We excel in the innovative manufacture and design of roof trusses. Visit our website on www.gautruss.co.za for more information.