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Alternatives to radiata pine for house framing to NZS 3604:1993

Michael J Collins BE (Hons), NZ Forest Research Institute, Rotorua

There is a steady demand for information on the use of species other than radiata pine for light timber frame construction. Some of these species are listed in NZS 3602:1990 but many are not. This paper describes simple engineering methods to provide tables, compatible with NZS 3604:1990, for alternative species for timber frame construction. These methods are then used to derive tables for the more common timber frame members in a number of indigenous and exotic species.

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