How can the timber industry help create energy?
ABC News has reported that with a number of coal-fired power stations tipped to close over the next decade, the Queensland timber industry says it could help alleviate any energy shortages by producting green fuel from its waste but is being held back by a lack of government incentives.
About one million tonnes of wood waste is generated into the state every year and Timber Queensland CEO Mick Stepehens said that amount of bio-fule has the potential to create about 100 megawatts of baseload power.
Web based "Construction Timbers in Queensland" tool makes it easier to use the right timber for the job
Building with timber just got easier easier for the construction industry with the release of a new web-application, QTimber, which can be use to look up the rules, specifications and restrictions for using construction timbers in Queensland.
“The new web-application is an essential resource for every business specifying, treating or using timber in design, building and engineering,” said Department of Agriculture and Fisheries’ senior forestry development scientist Dr Susan House.
“It is a digital version of the publication Construction Timbers in Queensland (CTIQ) which is a significant resource for the timber industry,” said Dr House.
“CTIQ is a reference document for the Building Code of Australia and holds critical information about using the right timber for the job, depending on where in Queensland you are building and what you are building.
“QTimber allows you to select from a list of approved timbers when you input your location and type of building project. It also shows any conditional restrictions or preservative treatments that may apply to the project.
“You can look up the wood properties, performance information and use specification of any Australian-grown or imported timber.”
Previously, CTIQ was only available as a PDF in two volumes that is inconvenient to consult. The web-application makes this information user friendly and accessible through smart phones and tablets.
The QTimber project was funded by the DAF through the Queensland Forest and Timber Industry RD&E fund and advised by Timber Queensland and representatives of Queensland’s timber industry and businesses.
QTimber is available here.
Guides to help assess and repair flood damaged timber & cyclone affected sheet metal roofs
Technical guides are now available for homeowners and builders as they assess and repair structural damage post Cyclone Debbie.
Guide to Assessment and Repair of Flood Damaged Timber and Timber Framed Houses - provides information about cleaning, inspecting and repairing timber roofs, walls, floors and decks.
Sustainable materials must be in Queensland Building Plan
Timber Queensland has called on the Queensland Government to ensure sustainable materials are included in the sustainable buildings policy in the Queensland Building Plan.
Timber Queensland CEO, Mick Stephens, said “All over the world there is increasing recognition that the choice of actual building material can have just as an important impact as energy efficiency measures when it comes to lowering the carbon emissions from buildings.”
“The Queensland Building Plan discussion paper places a strong emphasis on the role of energy efficiency ratings, but says nothing about the carbon impacts of the building materials used.”
In a submission to the Government Timber Queensland has recommended that the Queensland Building Plan put equal weighting on embodied energy impacts when it comes to promoting more sustainable buildings into the future.
Two Queensland Councils adopt Wood Encouragement Policies (WEPs)
Following a "wood first" campaign of Queensland regional councils by Timber Queensland and Planet Ark, in January 2017 two of these councils have adopted Wood Encouragement Policies (WEPs). This is a first for our State.
On January 18, Fraser Coast Regional Council became Queensland's first council to implement the policy, which requires responsibly sourced wood to be considered as a first-choice construction material in all new-build and refurbishment projects when it is equally fit for purpose.
Click to watch Mayor Chris Loft discuss Fraser Coast Council's WEP.
A week later on January 25, Gympie Regional council also voted to adopt a WEP.
TQ CEO Mick Stephens congratulates Mayor Mick Curran.
Our CEO Mick Stephens was present at both of these meetings to show Timber Queensland's support for the motions. We commend the forward thinking and environmental mindedness of both of these councils in pioneering the adoption of this kind of innovative policy in Queensland.
DAF Plantation Estate 2016 Update
The Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries have released a 2016 update of the Queensland's Plantation Forestry Estate report. The paper informs forestry policy development by exploring the spatial extent of plantation forestry in the state. Download here.
Forest Industry Advisory Council (FIAC) report released
Australia's Forest Industry Advisory Council (FIAC) have released a new plan for the transformation of the Australian forest products industry. Co-Chair, Rob de Fegely, launched the plan and it's end goal to triple the economic value of the forest industry by 2050 in Canberra on 1 June 2016.
Three objectives toward this goal are set out in the plan:
Have the right trees in the right place at the right scale through wise forest resource development;
Produce bio-products using all parts of the tree to a cellular level - maximising the use of all wood harvested with limited waste;
Distinguish ourselves by being environmentally friendly, socially responsible and valued by the community through communication.
The plan sets out a vision and actions towards the forest and timber products industry's contribution to meeting our nation's emissions reductions goals and creating an Australian bio-economy for a carbon constrained future. FIAC expects a strong positive response from both Government and Opposition.
Read the full paper: Transforming Australia's forest products industry.
New Timber Plantation Operations Code of Practice for Queensland
Queensland timber plantation owners and operators can now access the Timber Plantation Operations Code of Practice for Queensland, a guide that outlines how to comply with all laws and with accepted principles for sound plantation management.
New and revised technical data sheets
The majority of metal connectors used in construction are expected to perform for the life of the building, which for normal buildings, is 50 years. TQ's new Data Sheet provides recommendations to assist in achieving thi expectation. Read more. TQ has also updated TDS12 which provides information on how to reduce the level of risk of subterranean termite attack. Read more.
Revised Technical Data Sheets
Timber Queensland is pleased to announce the completion of a major review of all Timber Queensland’s Technical Data Sheets (TDS) undertaken by TQ’s Manager Timber Application & Use, Colin MacKenzie.
TQ’s TDS are the go-to documents for building professionals and home handymen who need timber related advice. The 30 + TDS cover a range of technical topics all referenced by building authorities and Australia’s leading timber processors, fabricators and manufacturers. These are highly respected and sought after publications.
Architects, building designers, engineers, certifiers, builders, handymen and homeowners all access the documents to obtain expert, straight-forward and accurate advice that reflect Australian Standards, state and national Building Codes and current best practice. This makes the right selection, specification and use of timber and timber products so much easier. Most importantly they are developed in Queensland for Queensland applications – information that cannot be obtained elsewhere.
The revised TDS are now available on TQ’s website in the Members Only Resource Centre. If you would like to find out how to join TQ and obtain the documents as part of your membership see here.
Copies of the full set of TDS are also avaliable for purchase in TQ's Online Shop.
Advisory Note - Recommendations on the Use of H3 LOSP Treated Pine
This Advisory Note, produced by Timber Queensland and the Building Services Authority, provides best practice guidelines that reflect industry company recommendations covering installation, finishing and maintenance as well as a check list for builders. It is hoped publication of this note will lead to an increased awareness by the building industry of requirements for use of these products resulting in improved performance.
Recommendations on the use of H3 LOSP Treated Pine
Subscribe to TQ's event notifcation service
Timber Queensland reguarly holds technical and industry focused seminars, workshops and networking events. To be notified of upcoming events register for event notifications here.
Myrtle Rust in Queensland
Myrtle rust is a serious fungal disease that affects plants in the Myrtaceae family. This family includes Australian natives such as rose apple (lilly pilly), bottle brush and tea tree.
Myrtle rust also affects many plants that are commonly found in gardens. These include:
• willow myrtle
• thready-bark myrtle
• scrub cherry
• lemon scented myrtle.
Myrtle rust cannot be eradicated and will continue to spread in Queensland as it produces large numbers of spores that are easily spread by wind, human activity and animals. However, to determine how far it has spread and to learn more about the disease Biosecurity Queensland needs to know if you think you have seen myrtle rust. Call 13 25 23 or visit www.biosecurity.qld.gov.au to report any suspect sightings. Find out more from the Biosecurity Queensland Myrtle Rust factsheet
and visit the DEEDI
The Facts: Chain of Custody Certification & Forest Certification Schemes
Government, businesses and consumers are steadily growing demand for certified timber. But what is certified timber? How does it get certified? And who certifies it as coming from legal and sustainable forests? To answer these common questions Timber Queensland has produced two fact sheets summarising the major issues invovled in Chain of Custody Certification and Forest Certification Schemes.
The Facts: Chain of Custody Certification
The Facts: Forest Certification Schemes