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INDUSTRY speakers at a public wood treatment seminar in Brisbane last week compared durability performance concerns now facing the sector with the structural building challenges that came after Cyclone Tracy almost 40 years ago.We were forced then to rethink the way we use timber in cyclone prone areas, Hyne technical manager Geoff Stringer said. Now good structural performance by timber in high winds is taken for granted.He said preservative treated timber was a great technology
for extending the service life in structures .. but it is not a stand-alone technology and like naturally durable timber relies heavily on good design, installation and maintenance practices.
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Timber treatment:a case of dj vu?
un report debunks lock-up strategy solid wood group meets in Brisbane
Reaction frame boosts product safety Fires force cut in ash timber supply Apes happy in logged forests Forest sector derailed in B. Columbia
Seminar speakers get to the heart ofdurability concerns by building sector
New technology .. coming to grips on the Lonza Wood Protection stand with a Thermo Nitron XRF analyser used to measure chemical penetration in timber are Clarissa Brandt, Timber Queensland, and Jacqueline Viles, Queensland Building Services Authority.
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Lock-up strategy debunkedA KEY United Nations study completely debunks the Labor/Greens strategy to lock-up additional Australian forests, Coalition forestry spokesman Senator Richard Colbeck reports.He said the State of the Worlds Forests Report 2012 by the UNs Food and Agriculture Organisation showed the greens were peddling tired, old, ideologically driven ideas which were out of step with modern thinking about the sector.In the forward to the document, FAO director-general Jos Graziano da Silva says: In a greener economy, more wood will be used for energy as the use of fossil fuel declines.Net carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will decline as new trees are planted and nurtured to replace those that are used.Senator Colbeck said green dinosaurs were stopping the forest industry from producing such positive environmental outcomes.It is clear that rather then locking away more forests we should be responsibly managing our forests, Senator Colbeck said.The Labor/Green lock-up mentality is last-century thinking. For example, more carbon will be stored by managing a forest than locking it up.Senator Colbeck said the Australian forest industry had proved the quality of its forest management with regrowth being claimed for national parks, reserve or even world heritage listing.This completely obliterates the claim that forests are being destroyed by the forest industry, he said.Senator Colbeck referred back to the forward, in which Mr
Graziano da Silva says:A challenge for the forest profession is to communicate the simple idea that the best way of saving a forest is to manage is sustainably and to benefit from its products and ecosystem services. If the principles of sustainable forest management are applied and forest products and ecosystem services play an increasing role, the global economy will become greener.Meanwhile, Senator Colbeck says the farce that is the sham forest deal in Tasmania has descended into further chaos with the revelation that the proposed boundaries have not yet been finalised.In a letter to forest IGA signatory interim chair Jane Calvert, dated April 30, Environment Minister Tony Burke said his officials continued to work with the Tasmanian government and Forestry Tasmania to define the extension boundariesSenator Colbeck said Mr Burke had blundered through the process with no regard for the requirement that the community be able to make informed comment on the proposed listing.
Jos Graziano da Silva .. economy will become greener through sustainable forest management.
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MASTER Builders Australia has released forecasts for the building and construction industry showing a mixed recovery across the three major sectors based on a positive growth path over the three year forecast period to 2015-16.The forecasts are derived from a sophisticated model purposely built for the building and construction industry developed by Master Builders in collaboration with Independent
Economics.While the forecasts predict a positive growth path for the industry, the current economic climate presents many significant headwinds that may become impediments to the timing and strength of recovery in the forecast period.Chief economist for Master Builders Australia Peter Jones said the return to more positive conditions for the industry implicit in the forecasts signals
light at end of a very long tunnel for the residential and commercial building sectors, but does not herald a return to boom era levels.The value of residential building work done is set to improve strongly, but from a low base, over the next three years after marginal growth in 2012-13. The value of residential building work done, in real terms, is
IMPROVEMENTS in durability structures and an update on the proposed AFPA verification guide headed the agenda at a Brisbane meeting last week of the solid wood processing technical committee, a subgroup of the Australian Forest Products Association.The group is made up of technical representatives from AFPA member companies.Key discussions centred on the development of verification guidelines for treated timber, and the need for a set of minimum quality compliance requirements for contract
treaters who treat timber for AFPA producer members.Timber technical issues that have generic industry interest such as building codes, standards and timber treatment were also discussed and initiatives will be promoted to the broader AFPA processing chamber membership.Discussions were constructive, collaborative and useful on an industry basis, AFPA manager processing Gavin Matthew said
after the meeting.
This committee works closely with FWPA and allied associations and groups.
Subjects under discussion at the meeting, held at Plywood House, included an update on standards, and a review of the AFPA document for contract treaters. There was also feedback and a workshopping of ideas on SWIs low-grade timber project
Key points were presented by Colin MacKenzie, timber application and use manager, Timber Queensland, including the vision for the improved durability of timber structures; durability product and design standards; and Queensland variations to the Building Code of Australia.Appropriately, at the close of the meeting last Thursday, some of the technical committee members attended the Timber Queensland treated timber seminar at the Portside complex. (See report, pictures, Pages 8-12).
Guidelines for treated timberreviewed by solid wood group
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Getting together at a Brisbane meeting of the AFPA solid wood processing technical committee are, from left, Simon Dorries, general manager, Engineered Wood Products Association of Australasia, Steve Holtorf, Hyne, Tumbarumba, NSW, Kim Harris, national compliance manager, Carter Holt Harvey Woodproducts, Myrtleford, Vic., and Andy McNaught, technical manager, EWPAA.
Conferring on solid wood processing in Brisbane are Peter Juniper, industry consultant, Melbourne, Gavin Matthew, manager processing, Australian Forest Products Association, Canberra, Jeff Parker, kiln and QC supervisor, Boral Building Products, Murwillumbah, NSW, and Tony Dakin, engineer, Hyne.
discussions were constructive, collaborative and useful on an industry basis
Building recovery on the horizon
Peter Jones .. light at the end of a very long tunnel.
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STATE-owned VicForests has announced timber harvesting in Victorias ash forests will be reduced from 2017.CEO Robert Green said VicForests 2013 Resource Outlook outlined a transition to lower harvest levels in ash forests.This reduction is a direct result of the impact of large scale bushfires on areas of forest available for timber production, Mr Green said.Our annual resourc