Reaction testing frame raises bar for safety, reliability of EWP
A REACTION testing frame recently commissioned by EWPAA has again raised the bar for structural engineered wood products that meet Australian and NZ standards for safety and reliability.
The testing frame, which assesses the racking capacity of thin panel bracing walls and systems such as plywood and MDF, has been installed at the Engineered Wood Products Association of Australasia’s laboratories on the Gold Coast.
“The reaction frame will be a big boost to developing new products, optimising systems and making the bracing market – worth about $30 million in Australia – a more cost-effective segment of the engineered wood sector,” Mr Dorries said.
“This blends well with our EWPAA third party audited JAS-ANZ accredited product certification scheme that fully complies with AS/NZS 2269.0 (plywood-structural).”
Permanent bracing enables the roof, wall and floor framework to resist horizontal wind forces (racking forces) applied to the building. Connections help transfer these forces through the framework and sub-floor structure to a building’s foundation.
EWPAA structural plywood bracing systems provide a safe and reliable means of permanent bracing that is easy to install and very cost effective. The EWPAA structural plywood wall bracing design manual can be downloaded from the EWPAA website
Pictured monitoring the performance of some of the first product placed in the frame are, from left, Mick McDowell who helped develop the original plywood bracing systems within the AS1684.2 residential timber-framed construction standard and who has devoted more than 40 years technical service to the plywood industry, Josh Zervos, EWPAA technical officer, and Simon Dorries, EWPAA general manager.
The Engineered Wood Products Association of Australasia provides accreditation for plywood, LVL, particleboard, MDF and solid timber.Learn more