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  Selecting Timber

The latest edition of the BRANZ book Selecting timber takes account of recent changes to standards and the Building Code, and it includes details on a lot of new species, including Alaskan yellow cedar, greenheart, purpleheart and vitex. Information about sustainability has been updated.

The book is a guide to choosing timber for use in building. As well as covering such key issues as timber treatment and moisture levels, the book features an extensive species data index, with separate sheets for each of 89 species of timber available on the New Zealand market.

The data sheets cover key characteristsics of each species such as timber strength, hardness and durability, borer susceptibility and typical uses.

The book will be useful to all architects and designers, specifiers and builders working with timber.

Selecting timber briefly covers engineered wood products, plywoods and veneers, looking at their general characteristics, but does not cover specific performance or selection data for these. 

As with all BRANZ books, it is liberally illustrated. It includes a useful glossary of common timber terms.