WPA

New WPA Code of Practice to support Plant Operator training
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Industrial impregnation processes enhance the durability of wood and give it a predictable service life – a key factor in promoting the wider use of timber in construction. To support employers of timber treatment plant operators, the Wood Protection Association (WPA) has published new guidance on the required standards of...
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Raising the bar on timber protection
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Wood Protection Association (WPA) Director, Neil Ryan, explores the support available to help ensure treated wood is specified and installed correctly. It’s just over two years since the Code for Construction Product Information (CCPI) was published, in response to one of the key findings of the enquiry into the Grenfell...
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TDUK responds to concerns raised over roofing batten treatments
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TDUK members will have seen the recent stories and claims on some media sites about chemical treatment from roofing battens leaching out and causing damage to roofing membranes, as well as claims of it causing skin complaints among roofing personnel. While Timber Development UK is in no position to verify...
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Why does third-party accreditation matter?
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The final stages of the timber industry preservative treatment action plan are being implemented over the next few months. The Wood Protection Association explores why correct treatment is so important. One piece of preservative-treated timber can look and feel very much like another. But those in the industry know that...
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WPA appoints new Chair of Flame Retardant committee
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The Wood Protection Association (WPA) has appointed Dr Matthew Powell to take responsibility for the flame retardant (FR)-related activities conducted by the organisation. Matthew will be taking the reins from Gordon Ewbank, who has served the WPA and the timber industry for many years, and plans to retire at the...
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Are your treatment plants and those of your suppliers independently audited?
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TDUK is very pleased to announce that the final stages of the preservative treatment action plan are being implemented over the next few months. At the National Softwood Division meeting in early September, committee members received confirmation from the Governing Board that the final timetable for members to implement the...
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Making preservative-treated timber last longer
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The Wood Protection Association explains why cross-cut treated wood products must have their cut ends treated to maintain their integrity and durability.  Preservative treated, softwood construction components such as Pine or Spruce have been through a factory controlled, industrial treatment process. This results in the timber having an effective barrier...
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Understanding of UC4 grows
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Mystery shopper research among merchants shows that the supply chain's understanding of Use Class 4 timber treatments has improved since 2020. The Wood Protection Association (WPA), supported by Timber Development UK (TDUK), has long been fighting to improve knowledge of the different timber treatments and when they should be used....
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AFI and WPA
AFI and WPA collaborate on fence post performance investigation
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At last year’s AFI Timber in Ground Contact conference, several fencing contractors voiced concerns that the premature failure of some treated posts was affecting their confidence in the use of preservative treated wood. The Association of Fencing Industries (AFI) and the Wood Protection Association (WPA) recognise the importance of establishing...
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