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Supply Solutions

At the recent TABMA Conference, industry experts and leaders came together to discuss issues in the Australian timber supply chain. Here’s an edited summary of what they had to say. More than any other issue, supply has dominated industry discussions this year. Fires,...

Illegal Logging Review

The Australian Government wants input on illegal logging law reforms. Sustainability is one of the key selling notes for the Australian timber industry, with our reputation for demanding environmentally responsible forestry practices both here and for our imported...

Merging to Mainstream

Covid-safe prefabAUS conference moved to 100% virtual delivery. Australia's peak body for off-site construction, prefabAUS, has announced its hybrid conference, Merging to Mainstream, will move to 100% online delivery over four half days due to uncertainty about the...

Artarmon Joinery

Covid outbreak delays sale of popular Sydney joinery. A lot of plans have been scuttled by the current Sydney Covid outbreak, among them, Matt and Mandy Collin’s for an easy sale of their business at Matt’s retirement. Established in 1994, Artarmon Joinery has been...

Strap and Wrap

Australian-made recycled and 100% recyclable strapping is cutting factories’ waste costs. Around every bundle of timber, and a lot of the products we make from it, is a polyester strap, made of PET. “We were a distributor selling strapping for many years, says Mark...

People First

Building a workplace culture that prioritises safety and personal development has been a core part of AKD’s success. We spoke with Toni Kirkup and Clark Rodger about their work. Outside the timber industry, a lot of clichés still exist. “There’s the joke of old buddy...
Pundemic

Pundemic

Having a laugh is about all that’s left, and it’s better do it at a shaggy dog story than at rubbery wind load figures. By Paul Davis After 2020 went viral faster than anyone thought it could, we are seeing more of the same in 2021. It’s affected everyone’s work, even...

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Treat it Right

Treat it Right

EWP are timber, just like pine, which means treatment can help deliver better outcomes and longer lifespans for these manufactured products as easily as for light framing timbers. Stuff. If it’s made right, stored, handled and maintained correctly, it will last...

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Panelisation: Part 1

Panelisation: Part 1

In this ongoing series, we look at the move to panelisation and offsite construction in Australia. This month, we talk with three leading businesses providing panelised solutions. While this story was being written, most Australians went back into lockdown. This is...

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Illegal Logging Review

Illegal Logging Review

The Australian Government wants input on illegal logging law reforms. Sustainability is one of the key selling notes for the Australian timber industry, with our reputation for demanding environmentally responsible forestry practices both here and for our imported...

read more
Merging to Mainstream

Merging to Mainstream

Covid-safe prefabAUS conference moved to 100% virtual delivery. Australia's peak body for off-site construction, prefabAUS, has announced its hybrid conference, Merging to Mainstream, will move to 100% online delivery over four half days due to uncertainty about the...

read more
The Hole Story

The Hole Story

Holes and notches in EWP need careful placement, but the guides can be confusing. By Craig Kay. In the recent past, when most floor systems were constructed from sawn solid timber elements, it was standard practice for builders to run bulkheads below floors for...

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Fast Nogs

Fast Nogs

With timber shortages likely to remain a factor for a while, this Multinail product helps you make the best use of your framing timbers, and adds a bit of speed to the process, too. The very short version of this story is this: framing timbers are in high demand at...

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Artarmon Joinery

Artarmon Joinery

Covid outbreak delays sale of popular Sydney joinery. A lot of plans have been scuttled by the current Sydney Covid outbreak, among them, Matt and Mandy Collin’s for an easy sale of their business at Matt’s retirement. Established in 1994, Artarmon Joinery has been...

read more
Strap and Wrap

Strap and Wrap

Australian-made recycled and 100% recyclable strapping is cutting factories’ waste costs. Around every bundle of timber, and a lot of the products we make from it, is a polyester strap, made of PET. “We were a distributor selling strapping for many years, says Mark...

read more
People First

People First

Building a workplace culture that prioritises safety and personal development has been a core part of AKD’s success. We spoke with Toni Kirkup and Clark Rodger about their work. Outside the timber industry, a lot of clichés still exist. “There’s the joke of old buddy...

read more
It’s The Vibe

It’s The Vibe

Floor joists have limits and there’s a fine art to knowing when they need respecting or can be pushed. In my early twenties my girlfriend and I were helping some friends re-site a ‘Queenslander’ removal house onto their new farm. After the first day, the house was on...

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Certified Sustainable

Certified Sustainable

Certification on timber products can tell consumers a lot about what they’re buying, but as an industry, we need to be flagging its value more to our customers. You’ve probably seen the Responsible Wood and PEFC logos on timber products. But how much do you know about...

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Know the Market

Know the Market

Despite fires and flood, Coffs Harbour Hardwoods continues to deliver high-quality specialist timbers to customers ranging from bridge builders to aesthetics-driven homeowners. From its Glenreagh village base, west of the city, Coffs Harbour Hardwoods is ideally...

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Floor Joist Options

Floor Joist Options

There’s a way out of every problem, but some solutions are better than others. By Paul Davis. Nobody over, say, 25 years old would think that jumping off a dam wall into the base of a gushing spillway was a good idea. In fact, probably only someone who was...

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Fast Forward Cassettes

Fast Forward Cassettes

With timber and labour supply constrained, cassettes offer achievable, affordable solutions to major construction problems. Here’s the short version of this article if you don’t have time for the whole thing. “We’re just in the final stages of a big project out at...

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3 Good Reasons

3 Good Reasons

Three ways industry super could improve your retirement. By First Super Ever wondered what’s different about Industry SuperFunds? Since being established in the 1980s, industry funds have always had one main driver: putting members first. Here are three major ways...

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Sustainable and Strong

Sustainable and Strong

For healthy building, fire zones and flood areas, Magnum Board is a one-stop solution. Three of the key requirements owners and builders have for their materials in Australia are ‘copes with fire’, ‘copes with flood’ and ‘healthy for occupants’. We’ve become...

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Supply Stories

Supply Stories

It’s the main issue of 2021. I asked leaders across the industry to describe where we’re at, how we got here, and what we can do next when it comes to supply. by Donyale Harrison Not every timber product is in short supply right now, but the impacts of those that are...

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At Its Prime

At Its Prime

A spot of preparation can deliver a vastly superior result in both sports and timber. By Afzal Laphir, Principal Engineer, Meyer Timber. Sporting stars know better than anyone how to achieve peak performance. They determine when an event is happening and prime...

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