Key Sections
Using hardwood & cypress
Designing for Appearance
Designing for Structural Strength
Designing for Durability
Performance criteria
Natural timber
Adding durability
Detailing Construction
Maintenance Strategies
Bushfire Prone Areas
Check durability selection
Formalising specification
Related Documents
Domestic decks
Expressed hardwood structures
Timber flooring
Non-domestic decks
Joinery, furniture and fit-out
Internal lining boards
Piles and poles
Stairs, handrails and balustrades
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Designing for Durability

Irrespective of structural or appearance requirements, durability has overarching importance. This section systematically deals with durability issues. It starts by setting-up performance criteria for durability and then suggests ways of addressing these criteria. This includes the use of naturally durable timber, preservative treatments, detailing construction to protect timber, protective coatings and maintenance strategies.