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Timber and timber products are used in a variety of ways in the interior of a home. Their use offers convenience, cost effectiveness and adaptability. Traditional uses of timber and timber products include:
  • flooring
  • wall lining
  • ceiling lining
  • exposed beams
  • exposed columns or posts
  • window reveals
  • doors
  • door jambs
  • skirting boards
  • picture rails
  • built in furniture
  • laminated bench tops

Depending on the use, the timber or timber product could be:
  • solid timber
  • a sheet product (such as plywood or particleboard)
  • a reconstituted product (such as MDF)

In most cases, the timber or timber product can be finished with a transparent protective coating which will enhance the colour and character of timber in those instances where a visible "timber appearance" is required.

Alternatively, and because timber and timber products provide an excellent base for painting, the timber or timber product can be finished with a protective coating of paint of an appropriate colour.

Protective coatings include products which penetrate the surface of the timber and products which provide a film or coating to the surface of the timber.

Sheet products (such as plywood or particleboard) are often used as the structural support for non-structural decorative timber flooring, carpet or vinyl type floor coverings.

Fire safety should be a paramount consideration when selecting building materials. Although it is a combustible material, timber is a good insulator and burns in a predictable fashion. These attributes make timber beneficial in a fire event and permit durable and fire-safe timber construction.

The Building Code of Australia (BCA) regulates materials that are used in construction of Class 2 to 9 buildings, not single family homes. These are determined by Specification C1.10.

In addition, the BCA regulates materials that are used for floor, wall and ceiling coverings in Class 2 to 9 buildings, not single family homes. These are determined by Specification C1.10a.

The term that is used is Fire Hazard Properties and the reference clause in the BCA is C1.10 Fire Hazard Properties. (See: Fire Hazard Properties)

Assessment of Solid Timber, Plywood, & Timber Veneers to Spec. C1.10a
(PDF, 0.3 MB)
Warrington Fire Research (RIR 45892.1)
This report is an assessment of the Fire Hazard Performance of solid timber, plywood and timber veneers on MDF and Particleboard substrates for use as wall and ceiling linings in accordance with the requirements of specification C1.10a of the Building Code of Australia.
Assessment of Timber Floor, Wall & Ceiling Linings to Spec. C1.10a
(PDF, 0.1 MB)
Warrington Fire Research (SFR 41117.2)
Timber in Buildings - Internal Fit-Out
(PDF, 0.1 MB)
Australian Timber Importers Federation
Timber Information Bulletin 2 - Handrails and Balustrades
(PDF, 0.8 MB)
Australian Timber Importers Federation
Decorative Wood Veneers Association
Information about matching techniques, specifications and availability of veneer in Australasia (adapted from the Veneer Product Information Manual). The website also lists veneer suppliers across Australia.