FWPA Building Innovations

WoodHeart

The concept of WoodHeart is to utilise the pine heartwood content in all the externally exposed surfaces of windows and doors where high stability and durability is needed. WoodHeart logs are sawn taking into account end use profiles, ensuring best possible use of the heartwood. During the production of components, small amounts of sapwood will remain in the final component.To ensure best performance and to remove the need for chemicals, this sapwood should be orientated to the inside of the window or machined away during profiling.

Benefits

Benefits for windows and doors are summarised as follows: Good dimensional stability, high durability, stable base for coatings, good visual aspects, good strength properties, high insulation values and environmentally sound.

Limitations

WoodHeart is a special product for a limited range of applications. To produce a completely sapwood-free component will lead to a high material cost.

Comments

Limited application in Australia for easily treated plantation softwoods, but may increase as we try and utilize small diameter plantation hardwoods. Definite opportunity for cypress which has refractory (can't treat) sapwood, but highly durable heartwood. In this regard, opportunities would be verandah posts and components similarly exposed to the weather.

Website

www.storaenso.com

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Forest and Wood Products Australia Limited (FWPA), a not for profit company, is the Australian forestry and wood  products industry’s service provider, investing in research and development, and providing research results and generic promotions to the Australoian industry. FWPA aims to improve the competitiveness and sustainability of the Australian forest and wood products industry through innovation, investment in effective and relevant R&D and communication of the results to stakeholders. Read more about FWPA at www.fwpa.com.au

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Forest and Wood Products Australia
Level 11, 10-16 Queen Street
Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia

Phone: +61 3 9927 3200
Fax: +61 3 9927 3288
Email: info@fwpa.com.au