Publications

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Ten Top Tips for buying preservative treated wood

This WPA Check-List provides 10 top tips to buying preservative treated wood.


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Flame Retardant Specification Manual

Publication Ref: WPA/FRSM E3 OCTOBER 2016

This WPA Manual provides architects, developers, project engineers and building control officers essential guidance about the flame retardant treatment of wood and wood based panel products. It will also be of value to timber merchants seeking to source flame retardant treated materials

The manual includes generic technical information about all aspects of flame retardant treatments for wood and wood-based materials for a range of service environments from dry interiors, to areas prone to humidity or condensation and for wood in exposed external applications. Model specification clauses are included along with the long established WPA commodity code specification system which is widely used in the construction industry.

The manual is focused exclusively on quality assured products with verifiable fire test and performance criteria that provide long term service life. In addition, products and processors certificated under the WPA’s Benchmark FR quality scheme are listed.

All of the treatments and treated materials described are commercially available and technically proven.

A feature of the Manual is a six-point Specification Check-list to help specifiers avoid the consequences of choosing an inappropriate or unproven flame retardant product.


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Timber Flame Retardant Specification Check-List

This WPA Check-List provides a simple step by step guide to ensuring that fire retardant treatments for wood and wood based panels are fit for purpose


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Wood Selection Guide

This publication is designed as an introduction to the wood protection choices available to improve the durability performance and fire resistance of wood and wood based materials used in construction. At the heart of this guide is a chart providing a comparison of features and benefits of differing wood protection processes.
The guide points specifiers towards sources of more detailed information.

Publication Ref: GN10/12

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Wood Preservation Manual - Industrial wood preservation specification and practice 2nd Edition April 2012

Publication Ref: WPA/WPSM

This Manual is an extensive guide to the preservation of wood and panel products using controlled industrial processes. It covers wood preservation selection, specification and practice and includes the WPA Commodity Code System of Specification.

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Treated Wood Fact File

The Fact File looks at the the requirements of a wood preservative placed on the UK market and the specification, treatment and installation standards required to ensure a component intended for ground contact applications meet their desired service life expectation.

Publication Ref: Fact File

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Modified Wood Specification Manual

This Manual is designed to provide a generic guide to wood modification technology. It helps specifiers understand the properties of various types of modified wood available today and of how to specify heat treated or chemically modified wood.

Publication Ref: WPA/MWSM

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Code of Practice for Timber Treatment Plant

This publication was produced in collaboration with UK Regulatory bodies and is designed to guide those responsible for the design, installation or operation of timber treatment plants good practice techniques.

Publication Ref: COP/Plant

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Email - info@wood-protection.org with your address details OR telephone 01977 558274 to have a copy sent to you free of charge

Guidance on the treatment of Spruce Fence Posts & Stakes

Spruce is a species rated as resistant to preservative treatment yet it is low cost and widely used for sawn fencing and round stakes. This publication provides guidance for both buyers and those involved in placing treated spruce fencing on the market in how to get the best results.

Publication Ref: GN0109

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Dealing with Treated Wood Related Waste

This publication is for those involved in the business of industrial wood preservation. It is intended to provide information about current waste minimization options and regulatory responsibilities as a basis for decision-making.

Publication Ref: GN0209

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Email - info@wood-protection.org with your address details OR telephone 01977 558274 to have a copy sent to you free of charge

WPA Field Trial to assess the durability of British Softwoods

This information sheet describes why this field trial is so important to the UK timber industry and why those with an interest in growing the use of British Softwoods are giving this WPA project their backing.

Publication Ref: IS/FT

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Use of Creosote and Creosote-treated timber

A Wood Protection Association guidance note

Publication Ref: GNW11

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Making the most of wood

How the WPA works to improve the value and performance of wood

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