The Wood Protection Association and its members champion the use of building with timber – influencing, developing and promoting technologies that enhance its performance and value as a building resource for the future.
The Wood Protection Association is affiliated to Timber Development UK.
What is wood protection?
If you’re an architect, engineer, landscaper or contractor working with wood, you’ll know your choice of timber is vital to the look and cost of a project. However in terms of longevity and performance, it’s also important to consider specifying an industrial, factory applied pre-installation treatment – they fall into 3 categories:
Flame retardants work by making wood more difficult to ignite and by slowing the rate at which a fire can develop – allowing more time for escape
Thermal or chemical modification processes change characteristics of timber – such as improved durability and dimensional stability
Why and when does timber need protection?
Both softwood and hardwood timbers have an amazing variety of natural properties that lend themselves well when used in building applications. Properties differ between species but timber products are generally easy to work, residually strong and lightweight.
Wood is also recognised as being a 100% renewable resource when it is harvested in a sustainable way using modern forestry standards.
So we need to make the most of this amazing natural resource.
To meet today’s building standards and to enhance its performance in service, timber's natural ability sometimes needs additional help. We can categorise these situations simply into two areas:
Extending the service life of timber by enhancing its durability: resistance to decay and insect attack
Wood modification processes can provide increased durability. The WPA can give guidance on selecting products by identifying performance criteria and suitable end uses.
BS8417 British Standard for industrial preservative treatment of wood, considers timber species, durability requirements and desired service life (15, 30, 60 years). Treated timber applications are grouped into Use Classes.
As they grow, trees absorb Carbon Dioxide
By building with timber, carbon from the atmosphere is being stored in the built environment. So it follows that using wood stimulates the expansion of managed forests and reduces the levels of global warming gas. Why wouldn’t we encourage the use of wood?
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