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Housing : March 2009
Termite Feature deadly to termites but pose little risk to humans and animals. According to Arch Wood Protection, extensive lab and field testing of Blue Pine by CSIRO has proven that insecticides used in Blue Pine provide effective long term protection against termites. Treated (Blue) pine is recognised by the BCA as ‘termiteresistant’ and approved for use by Australian Standards AS 1604, AS3660, TMA (NSW) and TUMA (QLD), the company adds. The termite-resistant timber is coloured blue for easy identification and is commonly known as Blue Pine ‘Termite-resistant’ means termites will not eat through it. Blue Pine is also a ‘repellant’, meaning termites will avoid Blue Pine where possible, but may mud over it to gain access to other non-treated timbers. This behaviour is also known to occur with steel framed constructions. The current BCA provisions allow for choice when deciding which form of termite risk management to adopt i.e. chemical, physical or the protection of the primary building elements, and a whole-of-house could also be considered. For example, Arch Wood suggests: • the use of Blue Pine for framing, roof trusses and other structural timber in the construction of new dwellings and home renovations • regular inspections for termite activity by a qualified pest controller in accordance with AS3660 • an approved barrier system. Blue Pine is available as either an oil-based timber preservative – which provides a dimensionally stable, robust, durable, 5mm envelope and uses Permethrin – or a superficial water based treatment. Blue Pine is guaranteed for 25 years and is fully transferable to any subsequent owners of the home. According to Arch Wood, it is suitable for regions of Australia south of the Tropic of Capricorn. A full sapwood or Red Frame treatment is required north of the Tropic of Capricorn. Arch Wood says Blue Pine treatment does not alter the structural properties of the timber, does not affect nail plates for “Right from the initial concept,HomeGuard is the obvious choice for termite control.” ® Installed as a physical barrier, HomeGuard blocks, repels and kills termites, and lasts the life of the building. It’s easy to install and safe to use, completely non-invasive and it won’t crack, corrode or delaminate. Backed by a 10 year warranty*, Australian made HomeGuard has APVMA registration, CodeMark and BCA approval and HIA Greensmart status – setting the standard in cost effective termite management. “I insist on the best and use the HomeGuard Precision Termite Management system in every structure we design.” HomeGuard and the HomeGuard logo are trademarks of Corporation. Copyright© 2005 FMC Australasia Pty Ltd. *HomeGuard Warranty is limited and special terms and conditions must be met for it to apply. Contact FMC on 1800 066 355 for full details. Freecall 1800 066 355 www.homeguardptm.com.au