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Master Builders pre-budget submission to government

The Federal Government Budget should back the nation’s builders so they can continue to play their role as drivers of growth, builders of a stronger economy, creators of jobs and opportunities for young people in every community around the country. That was the clear message from Mast
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Responsible Wood Recertification of VicForests

VicForests has achieved a successful 3-year re-certification under the Responsible Wood standard. An audit was conducted across the business in December 2018 and recommended VicForests re-certification highlighting its thorough workplace and contractor safety standards, contractor man
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Maryvale Mill partnership with SUEZ for Energy from Waste project

Australian Paper has announced a partnership with SUEZ to develop the $600 million Maryvale Mill Energy from Waste (EfW) project following the successful completion of its feasibility study. The $7.5 million study was co-funded with the Australian and Victorian Governments. Source: Ti
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Hardwood chip export record falls again

Australia’s hardwood chip exports lifted to a record 1.824 million bone dried tonnes (bdmt) in the December quarter, feeding into a new annual record of 6.666 million bdmt for the full year 2018. At the same time, the quarterly average export price rose to a four-year high of USD146.5
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Wespine replaces 5 kilns with one super kiln

Wespine has placed its future on a firm footing with a new Continuous Drying Kiln – the largest in Australia – that produces a more energy efficient and enhanced product. The $8 million CDK, at the company’s Dadanup plant near Bunbury, has the capacity to dry 180,000 cubic metres of t
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Responsible Wood to tour NZ in preparation for joint standard

Responsible Wood will travel to New Zealand as impetus builds towards an historic joint Australian and New Zealand standard for Sustainable Forest Management. Meeting with New Zealand government officials, the New Zealand Green Building Council and a range of PEFC accredited Sustainab
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Wespine opens largest single capacity kiln in Australia

The biggest single capacity continuous timber kiln in Australia was opened in Dardanup on 6 February 2019. The Wespine-operated facility has the capacity to dry 180,000cu/m of timber per year, which allowed for the replacement of five existing kilns that operated with older technology
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Sunshine Coast aged care facility specifies T2 timber framing

Australian construction company, Living Choice has elected to use Hyne Timber’s termite resistant T2 Blue framing for its latest multi-residential aged care project on the Sunshine Coast. Living Choice project manager, Warren Danter said this latest project with a large, complex roof
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Dwelling approvals down 3.9% to November

Australia’s softening housing market continued its weakness in November, with year-end approvals down 3.9% compared with a year earlier. Of immediate importance is that monthly approvals for November were 31.3% lower than in November 2017, totalling 16,059 approvals for the month. Sou
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New National Construction Code to increase demand for timber products 

The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) released the preview version of the 2019 National Construction Code (NCC) that increases the range of buildings, up to an effective height of 25m, in which fire-protected timber construction systems can be used. The new Classes add schools, r
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