Let there be no con­fu­sion

Australasian Timber - - ASSOCIATIONS -

IT HAS been brought to the at­ten­tion of Wood Prod­ucts Vic­to­ria that Chilean Eu­ca­lyp­tus reg­nans, im­ported into Aus­tralia and dis­trib­uted in Vic­to­ria, may be con­fused for, or in­ad­ver­tently mis­rep­re­sented as, the lo­cal Vic­to­ria Eu­ca­lyp­tus reg­nans mar­keted as Vic­to­rian Ash.

The dis­tri­bu­tion and use of Chilean E. reg­nans is cer­tainly not an is­sue. What is im­por­tant how­ever is the over­ar­ch­ing is­sue that the ac­tual species of a prod­uct is clearly iden­ti­fied and pro­moted so as not to be con­fused as an al­ter­na­tive species; this is crit­i­cal to en­sure proper fit-for-pur­pose ap­pli­ca­tion within the mar­ket.

This is par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant where ap­pli­ca­tions are de­pen­dent on known tim­ber species prop­er­ties; such as:

struc­tural prop­er­ties to AS 1720.1 Tim­ber Struc­tures, Part 1 De­sign Meth­ods for struc­tural ap­pli­ca­tions;

species den­sity prop­er­ties to meet spe­cific bush­fire at­tack level (BAL) re­quire­ments for use in bush­fire-prone ar­eas as per AS 3959 Con­struc­tion of Build­ings in Bush­fire-prone Ar­eas; and the Group Num­ber and Crit­i­cal Ra­di­ant Heat Flux per­for­mance in com­mer­cial build­ing wall, ceil­ing and floor fit out ap­pli­ca­tions. Source: TMA Splin­ters News­let­ter

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