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Timber Treatment Research Unsatisfactory

Media Release
18 July 2005

Timber Treatment Research Unsatisfactory

New Zealand First housing spokesperson Brent Catchpole says the tests done to gauge the strength of T1.2 timber by Forest Research in Rotorua are unsatisfactory.

“The wood showed 5% deterioration over just three and a half years and that was without any insect infestation being used in the tests,” said Mr Catchpole.

“We expect our houses to stand for many decades and as it is only the surface that is treated, insects could attack the inner parts of the timber, which could dramatically accelerate the deterioration of the timber.

“For most New Zealanders their home represents the biggest investment they’ll ever make. Surely they deserve to know that before any product is approved for use in the construction industry it has been thoroughly tested for durability,” concluded Mr Catchpole.


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