Regulatory and Consumer Challenges Facing Timber Preservation and Durability Interests in New Zealand and Australia
Timber preservation and durability interests in Australia and New Zealand are facing many challenges and threats arising from regulation and standards changes, to direct competition from competitive materials producers. Industry can address these challenges by pro-active initiation of sound, holistic, research, that addresses the performance needs of the regulators and specifiers and the expectations of consumers. Opportunities do exist for producers of treated timber particularly related to termite management, CCA alternatives and bushfire protection.
Keywords: Australia, New Zealand, treated timber, regulations, codes, standards, 'leaky buildings'', performance, durability, life expectancy, challenges, opportunities