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The Precautionary Principle: Eliminating Harmful Products from our Buildings

Our future on this planet depends on us reconnecting with our living, natural life support system rather than its destruction. A key challenge I identified is our heavy reliance on toxic and synthetic chemicals used in building materials.

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Bamboo – Really the Sustainable Timber Choice?

Bamboo has much vaunted sustainability credentials – most notably it’s rapidly renewable status. Depending on climate and soil bamboo can grow 3-10cm per day!

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Tundra: Naturally Durable Cladding

Tundra Cladding is produced from carefully selected heart Douglas fir. Heart Douglas fir is one of the most eco-friendly timbers produced here in New Zealand.

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Designing for Human Well-being

Health and well-being embraces both physical health, and the psychological aspects of human performance.

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Exterior Wood Coatings – What to Use?

Choosing an exterior wood finish is about as simple as catching a monkey.

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Random Width, Random Thickness Timber Cladding

Increasingly we are seeing more variation in not just wood cladding, but also the sizes and profiles used to create a natural timber façade.

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Column Cladding – Create a Large Section Solid Wood Look

With an increase in the use of natural timber cladding, designers are searching for ways to create larger columns and beams with a solid wood look.In most instances it is not practical to create such a look with solid wood, the section sizes are simply not available.

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Does Thermally Modified Wood Fade?

Here's what you need to know to maintain the appearance of your thermally modified wood.

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Keeping Your Deck Clean

Cleaning your deck regularly is a must. Just like the interior floors of your house, your decking timber needs a regular clean.

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Black is the New Green – Shou Sugi Ban

Shou Sugi Ban 焼杉板 (or Yakisugi) is an ancient Japanese exterior wood preservation technique that preserves the wood by charring the surface with fire.

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Exterior Timber Stains and Discolouration

The staining of timber and other building materials such as paintwork and concrete is a problem home owners can face when some timbers used are exposed to the weather.

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Mouldy Wood – How Do I Fix It?

Mould control can be an on-going issue for exterior timbers, and a source of irritation for home owners.

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