Structural grades, span tables, durability tests and a range of software & design resources to assist with building and design compliance.

Specifications

From interior finishes through to structural damage, this wide-ranging collection of resources includes structural grades, span tables and durability tests to assist with building and design compliance.

Software & design resources from industry bodies and major suppliers provide additional tools for modern building design.


When considering termite risk management, there exists a need to close the gap between perceived and actual risk. There is also a need to create a framework that will improve the industry's overall ability to manage the risk of attack. The basic concept is that the...

Generally, the function of finishes on timber is two-fold, firstly to improve the durability of the building and secondly to add to the aesthetics. Unfinished, unprotected timber will inevitably weather as a result of gradual changes to its physico-chemical structure...

Better or more cost-effective performance is achieved with better knowledge.  By careful consideration of the key factors affecting the durability performance of timber; industry, specifiers, and timber users can achieve durability performance for timber structures...

The WoodSolutions Bushfire Calculator V2.1 is an online (to facilitate updating) design tool that enables building designers, builders, regulators and home owners to determine the relevant Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) for a specific building site.  This calculator uses the detailed method (...

Durability is one of the key performance factors used to assess the suitability of a timber species for a specific application. The durability rating of a species is based on the natural ability of the heartwood of that species to resist decay and insect pests (...

Listed below are software packages available from FWPA and related industry groups that assist in designing timber structures.

BAL Bushfire Calculator V1 - This is an online (...

To ensure that the structure of any construction performs to the expected dead and live loads to which the building will be subjected to over the course of its life, it is necessary to choose the size, length and grade of timber according to the expected loads and...

Specification is the process of communicating the designer's intentions to the supplier of the material. There must be a clear and unambiguous specification for all structural timber (including framing) required in their design. Specifiers must be able to communicate...

Timber finishing refers to the process of embellishing and/or protecting the surface of a wooden material. The process starts with surface preparation, either by sanding, scraping, or planing. Imperfections or nail holes on the surface may be filled using wood putty...

Maintenance is an item that needs to be considered at the design stage and is discussed in detail in The Timber Service Design Guide available for download...

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