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New roof truss guidelines released for comment

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New roof truss guidelines released for comment

May 2007

The SA Government has released a discussion paper outlining a range of proposed changes to the design, manufacture, approval, handling, installation and inspection of roof trusses in South Australia.

The changes have been proposed by a Ministerial taskforce, established by Urban Development and Planning Minister Paul Holloway in the wake of the Coronial Inquest into the Riverside Golf Club collapse in April 2002.

The taskforce – which includes the Master Builders Association, the Housing Industry Association, and local government practitioners – has considered the Coroner’s findings and recommendations.

Since its establishment in June last year, the taskforce has taken evidence from various industry participants, and in November last year recommended urgent amendments to South Australia’s Development Act and Regulations, to address critical safety issues.

State Parliament passed these amendments in December last year.

Mr Holloway says the taskforce has now produced a discussion paper listing 23 draft recommendations for industry consultation.

“The taskforce unanimously considers the draft recommendations are reasonable and necessary,” said Mr Holloway.

“All submissions made during the eight-week consultation period will be considered by the taskforce, before it makes its final recommendations.”

Among the 23 draft recommendations are:

  • Protocols for structural design software;
  • Improved clarity in relation to hybrid roofs (where both trusses and conventional carpentry rely upon each other);
  • Introduction of specified procedures in relation to the communication of designs, approvals and amendments;
  • Better transparency and accountability at the manufacturing and transportation stages, and of installation of framing;
  • Mandating inspections of framing prior to concealment; and
  • Mandating training of industry professionals including truss designers, building surveyors, truss installers, and roof tilers.

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