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Timber Industry Websites
Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA)
A not-for-profit company that provides national, integrated research and development services to the Australian forest and wood products industry.
If you are building, designing or working with timber, this site provides authoritative and expansive timber information.
Timber Trader News
A promotional magazine with emphasis on the news, views, information and latest developments within our sector of the timber, hardware and building materials industry.
Wesbeam is Australia's only LVL manufacturer and distributor - with a world class factory in Perth.
Provides independent, non-proprietary information about timber and wood products to professionals and companies involved in building design and construction.
Worldwide Timber Traders
One of the leading independent wood-base panel distributors within Australia, and proudly West Australian owned.
ASIC and Small Business
Information and guides to help start and manage your business or company.
A tool for self employed persons, suppliers, service providers, contractors, and subcontractors in the Australian building and construction industry.
Safe Work Australia
Safe Work Australia leads the development of national policy to improve work health and safety and workers’ compensation arrangements across Australia.
Wageline (Western Australia)
Wageline can give you information on State workplace law, including: rates of pay; conditions of employment; and workplace awards and agreements.
Their role is to lead a workers’ compensation scheme that is fair, accessible and cost effective for all participants.
WorkSafe works to support a state-wide business environment that is productive, innovative, fair and safe.
Injury Hotspots: Carpenter
These are the most common injuries and hazards for people working in the carpentry and joinery trade, as shown by injury claims.
Building Products Industry Council (BPIC)
BPIC is committed to an Australian building and construction Industry that is safe, competitive, sustainable and meets society’s expectations for quality and performance.
Engineered Wood Products Association of Australasia (EWPAA)
The EWPAA is a member association for manufacturers of engineered wood products, particularly plywood, laminated veneer lumber, particleboard and medium density fibreboard.
Housing Industry Association
Australia’s largest residential building organisation.
Master Builders Association of Western Australia
A Western Australian Association of the top residential and commercial builders, contractors, suppliers and consultants.
National Timber and Hardware Association (NTHA)
An industry association with offices throughout Australia that represents timber and building material merchants, suppliers, manufacturers, wholesalers and timber importers.
Timber Veneer Association of Australia
A leading authority on decorative wood veneer and decorative wood veneered panel products in Australia.
How to Read an Architect's Drawings
The first requirement in constructing a building project is to understand architectural drawings, which are also called blueprints, or plans. If you want to know how to read these drawings and understand exactly what they mean, just follow these steps.
Lightweight framed construction is the most common construction system in Australia. The two most commonly used framing materials — steel and timber — can contribute to the comfort, appeal and environmental performance of your home. Although lightweight framed construction can be used for floors, walls and roofs, the focus of this article is on wall systems.
Once the floor structure is in place the walls are erected directly on top of the chipboard or slab. Walls act as a loading bearing support for the roof and provide space for openings such as doors and windows, and they enclose the house and seal it from weather. Walls comprise of either a structural frame and cladding or solid masonry.