Image

Commission rules on J-Frame

5 October 2018

This week JNL have been have been in contact with their J-Frame customers regarding the outcome of the Commerce Commission investigation into allegations that its J-Frame product had failed timber treatment Standards. The Commission’s findings have just been sent to the company’s customer base and industry representatives of JNL, Accredited Certifying Bodies or Technical Service Providers.

The Commission has asserted there was no substance to the allegations that J-Frame timber samples submitted to SCION and AsureQuality testing did not have a retention level and/or a penetration pattern which were representative of the product being offered for sale in the market. After investigation into the claims under the Fair Trading Act, the Commerce Commission has ruled that “there is insufficient evidence to substantiate the allegations made, or to show that there has been a breach of the Act”.

J-Frame is a structural laminated veneer lumber (LVL) product manufactured by JNL and independently certified to AS/NZS4357 (Structural LVL). “We’re disappointed that J-Frame, an innovative product, with an unblemished track record, had these claims made against it,” JNL sales and marketing manager Gordon Wilmshurst said.

“We have not had a single report of in-service failure of J-Frame in over 10 years in New Zealand,” he said. The Scion research trial confirmed that J-Frame showed no signs of decay after 12 months of exposure to brown rot fungi in hot and humid conditions; and that the product resists decay as effectively as boron-treated H1.2 solid wood”.

Mr Wilmshurst said importantly, the Scion research results were consistent with J-Frame’s Codemark certification that specified building work be designed in accordance with NZS 3604:2011 or specifically engineered in accordance with NZS 3603:1993 and where hazard class H1.2 or less applies.

Source: JNL

Read More
Image

Earlybird rates end TODAY

Earlybird rates end this Friday for Environmental Forestry Conference On 25-26 June, ourFIEA Annual Environmental Forestry Conference is running. Registrations are going very well. We bring practical foresters together with local regulators and national policy-makers to debate and bring constructive ...
Read more
Image

Decarbonising transport & logistics

New Zealand environmental specialist, Toitū, recently held a panel to discuss how New Zealand’s transportation and logistics industry, the nation’s second-largest emissions source, can take effective climate action. They shed light on the critical pressures facing supply chains and how to respond ...
Read more
Image

FIEA wood residues conference: time for action

Low carbon economies, extreme weather events, and building resilient domestic supply chains are critical issues in 2024 and beyond. In New Zealand, this has created opportunities for the forestry sector, including significant investments in forest residues. Harvesting regulations are mandating more wood be collected from the forest ...
Read more
Image

Calling all NZ loader operators – be part of this study

Driven by mechanisation, traditional career pathways in forestry crews are evolving. As part of the Primary Growth Partnership (PGP) programme, ‘Te Mahi Ngahere i te Ao Hurihuri – Forestry Work in the Modern Age’, the Scion Human Factors research group ...
Read more
Image

Kiwi bird surprises at Rosvall Sawmill

Workers at Rosvall Sawmill near Whangārei, New Zealand, had an unexpected visitor, a fully grown kiwi bird. The bird casually strolled into the mill early one Monday morning, and spent a few hours exploring the premises before it found a ...
Read more
Image

Every second counts

During hot and dry periods, there is a serious risk of wildfires. Moreover, a single spark can be enough to start one, in which case every second counts. Having fire extinguishing equipment close at hand can make all the difference ...
Read more
Image

Superhuman AI – smarter than every human by 2025

Billionaire tech boss Elon Musk has recently predicted that superhuman artificial intelligence (AI), surpassing human intellect, could become a reality as soon as next year. If this kind of prediction becomes true, are humans ready to embrace that machines can ...
Read more
Image

Swiss develop drone to explore forest canopy

Inspired by cockroaches, Swiss researchers have developed a new drone which can push away obstacles and move past them. In the future, it will be used to measure biodiversity in remote areas. Environmental monitoring in areas with dense vegetation is ...
Read more
Image

NZ forestry H&S statistics updated – March 2024

Safetree NZ has released their H&S stats dashboard for March 2024. WorkSafe provides statistics on forestry fatalities and workplace incidents. These investigations help inform us of any key issues or trends as they come to light. Overall, there is a downward trend ...
Read more