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2010 OPUS Effect of Borate Wood Preservatives on Corrosion of Steel Fasteners

2010 OPUS Effect of Borate Wood Preservatives on Corrosion of Steel Fasteners Opus Laboratories’ literature search shows RotStop preservative poses no more corrosion issues than other typical and common building treatment chemicals. In summary, the available information shows that borate … Continue reading

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2010 Microscopic Verification of timber VCR results

Microscopic Verification of timber VCR results An analysis between VCR Initial results conducted by Ian Holyoake and VCR Lab results conducted by Dr Adrian Spiers under microscopy showed VCR Initial results conducted by Ian Holyoake is a highly reliable and … Continue reading

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Project M Phase I: Monitor 1000 houses

Project M Phase I: Monitor 1000 houses The Step Up Philosophy is informed through its deep involvement in Project M’s first objective: “to monitor 1000 houses”. It has become the largest and most successful weathertightness performance research into in-situ homes … Continue reading

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2009 Mdu Probe Comparative Analysis Report

2009 Mdu Probe Comparative Analysis Report Comparative study; between two WSG reports on the same house using conventional invasive investigation and an investigation based on a moisture detection probes installation In 2009, a report was commissioned by the Department of … Continue reading

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2009 Independent culturing analysis of timber samples from RotStop treated buildings

Independent culturing analysis of timber samples from RotStop treated buildings Testing performed by Dr Adrian Spiers shows that for samples treated with RotStop, no brown rot or white rot samples were able to germinate successfully or grow.   Share on … Continue reading

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2008 BOINZ Annual Conference

2008 BOINZ Annual Conference At the annual BOINZ (Building Officials and Inspetors of New Zealand) conference at Auckland in the Aotea Centre, the Project M Phase I results were released publically to emphasise the progress that had been made in … Continue reading

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2007 Timber strength testing results for MSG and rejected timber

Timber strength testing results for MSG and rejected timber Conducted by Bryan Holyoake 2007 to compare “jabber” with MSG timber and rejected wood from buidling site of H.217 Share on Facebook

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2005 Research Highlights

Research Highlights Summary of key findings in research to date 2005 Moisture is everywhere in a building – Moisture will always be in building walls. The issue is how much? and where? Moisture will accumulate at the bottom plate – … Continue reading

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2005 Verification of moisture probe in different wood samples

Verification of moisture probe in different wood samples Objective was to verify the Moisture Probe readings back to dry weight with different woods and types of treatment Results showed Mdu Probes gave more accurate Moisture Content measurements compared to surface … Continue reading

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2005 Leak test through cracks

Leak test through cracks See whether water does track in through cladding cracks – stucco tested. Answer Council debate that what started first – the crack so water got in – or the water gets in to wet the framing … Continue reading

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