Know your Bushfire Attack Levels AS3959

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You may remember when AS 3959 – 2009 Construction of buildings in bushfire-prone areas (AS3959) was released.  We received a lot of queries from customers regarding the use of timber under the standard.  There are still a number of our customers who are unaware of, or confused by the standard. We’ve covered some basics. What are BAL levels?…

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Riverfest 2015 Wrap up

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Dragons, Vikings, Brogans, Sailors and Kangaroos! Oh my! On the 11th of October 2015 Barwon Timber was back again to keep our title as the reigning Dragon Boat champions at Riverfest. After months of training with the Geelong Water Dragons the day was here at last.  This year we thought we would have some fun…

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My experience as a GWYL Loaned Executive

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Barwon Timber and its employees have contributed to Give Where You Live (GWYL) for a number of years through the Workplace Giving program, annual donations and event involvement.  This year, we were invited by GWYL to participate in its Loaned Executive program. Benjamin was selected to take the Loaned Executive role and the following is his…

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Bar-Truss’ Qikfit cassette floor system

Cassette floor system packs

Cassette floor systems have been tried, tested and proven to work in the commercial construction industry.   Bar-Truss is working with Qikfit to take its cassette floor system to the Geelong residential building market.   The system received positive feedback and interest at a recent trade breakfast held at Barwon Timber.   Cassettes are typically 2.5m in length…

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The Larapinta Extreme Walk

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Barwon Timber is supporting the Larapinta Extreme Walk.  50 walkers, including our friend and Geelong resident Stephanie Bone, are taking on the Larapinta Trail in the Northern Territory – 223 kilometres in 11 days from Mt Sonder to Alice Springs.  They’re raising money for the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women’s Council. The NPY Women’s Council…

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Kiln Dried Timber

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Using kiln dried (KD) timber has a number of benefits and is a specialist skill.   A few months ago I made the trip to the Timber Training Centre in Creswick for a course in seasoning hardwoods.  Barwon Timber has been drying timber for many years and we are in the process of expanding our…

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Span Table Book for Residential Framing

Span Table Book

The Pocket Span Table Book is a very handy little book that covers nearly all the basics for residential framing.  Whether it’s lintel sizes or rafter span lengths, it’s in there.  As the name suggests, it’s a compact book, good for the glovebox, so it’s on site when you need it. The book has been…

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Roof Truss installation

Roof trusses

The amount of time, effort and money spent on correctly designing timber roof trusses by a truss manufacturer is huge.  It can all be a worthless investment if proper on-site installation procedures are not followed. Although trusses may be designed and manufactured correctly, failure can still occur if they are not installed correctly.  The best…

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Geelong RiverFest 2014 Give Where You Live

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Last Saturday the Barwon Timber dragon boat team entered the 2014 Give Where You Live RiverFest. RiverFest raises funds for Give Where You Live and these are then allocated by them to very worthy causes in the local community.   A number of staff at Barwon Timber and Bar-Truss make voluntary contributions to Give Where You…

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A new boundary wall system by James Hardie

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Barwon Timber and James Hardie are proud to announce the brand new Hardie Smart Wall System with the James Hardie firewall insulation as its core product.  With James Hardie having 125 years experience in the field they are always looking for new ways to make the building industry a better, safer and easier place to be.…

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