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Environmental benefits of timber

The government's Queensland timber plantation 2020 strategy: Growing the future of Queensland's timber plantations delivers some interesting information regarding the ability of timber plantations to improve diodiversity when compared to some other land uses, offset demand for native forest timber products and provide salinty, water interception and erosion benefits.  Consider this...

In the process of growing 1 cubic metre of timber, about 230 kg of carbon dioxide is absorbed from the atmosphere and 160 kg of oxygen is released.  One large tree is estimated to provide sufficient oxygen for up to four people per day, and 500 mature trees can absorb all of the carbon dioxide emitted by a typical car covering 20 000 km per year.

The Handy Span Table Book (Non-Cyclonic) will make your job easier.

Buy online right now!

Builders, designers and other specifiers can forget firing up lap-tops on site, wasting time generating tables and searching for timber information following the release of Timber Queensland’s Handy Span Table Book (Non-Cyclonic) - a hardy, glove box sized book providing quick reference to timber sizes and span tables.

Colin MacKenzie, Timber Queensland’s Timber Application & Use Manager says the Handy Span is designed to be a regular, on-site and trade training reference tool.
“Industry has been asking Timber Queensland to produce this document for years, as this information hasn’t been readily accessible since the days of the TRADAC manuals,” said Colin.
“It has been developed to supplement the design information in AS 1684 Residential Timber Framed Construction and is a valuable source of information on timber products and the applications in which they are commonly used. The first edition provides tables for Queensland’s Non-Cyclonic areas and we will publish a Cyclonic version down the track,” he said.
Handy Span includes span tables for:
  • Unseasoned Softwood F5
  • Unseasoned Hardwood F14
  • Seasoned Softwood MGP10 & MGP12
  • Seasoned Hardwood F27.
 The book also includes a tremendous amount of information relevant to building with and specifying timber, including content regarding:
  • member sizes
  • tie-down and bracing
  • flooring 
  • miscellaneous design tables for stairs treads, handrails, decks and other applications.
 Handy Span has a recommended retail price of $29.95+ GST and can be purchased from Timber Queensland’s online shop.

Need timber knowledge?

30 June 2009
Keeping abreast of timber specific regulatory changes, product developments and technical review panels is a job in itself.
Save your self time and money by getting essential information and advice delivered directly via Timber Queensland’s Building Professionals Technical Subscription Service.
Your subscription provides:
  • Monthly Technical Update e-Bulletin featuring up-to-date and hard-to-find technical information
  • “Ask an Expert” technical email advice
  • Password protected website providing technical reports, user guides, industry comment, training and more…
  • 31 Technical Data Sheets covering a broad range of technical specification and use issues
  • Discounted rates for technical publications in TQ’s online shop
  • Participation in regional meetings and industry discussion forums
  • Online workplace health and safety advice and templates
  • Discounted membership rates for Chamber of Commerce & Industry Queensland which offers workplace/industrial relations advice
Builders, specifiers, designers, architects and engineers should register today to receive insights that will keep them ahead of the game. 
To subscribe call (07) 3254 1989 or download the subscription form and fax to (07) 3254 1964.


Need assistance to become certified?

3 December 2008

Timber Queensland is administering a grant scheme, with funding from Forestry Plantations Queensland, the Department of Natural Resources and Water, and the Department of Tourism, Regional Development and Industry, that provides timber merchants, suppliers and processors reimbursement for up to half the external costs of achieving chain of custody certification. 

Chain of Custody Support Scheme
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Timber Queensland provides audit servies that assist with gaining compliance with the Australian Forestry Standard.

CPRS Green Paper

10 September 2008

To download Timber Queensland's submission to the Australian Government in response to their Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Green Paper see here

Emissions Trading Seminar - Key Learnings 

7 August 2008

Queensland’s Forest Industry Leaders met in Brisbane on August 7 2008 to discuss how industry can play a role in the emissions trading process and assist Queensland in meeting its targets in greenhouse gas abatement. The meeting was an opportunity to develop a comprehensive position on emissions trading to ensure maximum environmental and economic benefits.

Hosting the meeting, industry peak body Timber Queensland invited leading experts to address the Timber Queensland Board of Directors who represent all sectors of the states $2.4 billion per annum industry, employing 20,000 people. Directors represent forest growers, processors, fabricators and end users in building and construction.

Senior Queensland Government Officials from the Department of Premier and Cabinet, the Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Climate Change, and the Department of Primary Industries and Natural Resources were invited to attend together with representatives from the Conservation Movement. See the attendees list here.
Key presentations included in the agenda were:

Climate change and the need for action
John Cole, Queensland Environmental Protection Agency

Emissions Trading Scheme and the Forest and Timber Industry: an overview
Miles Prosser, Australian Plantation Products and Paper Industry Council (A3P)

Australian Emissions Trading Scheme Status: Commonwealth Green Paper
Maya Stuart-Fox, Commonwealth Department of Climate Change

A summary of the key learnings from the seminar is available here.