Let there be no confusion
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