Australia’s peak engineered wood body has alerted Victorian timber traders, specifiers and end-users that an imported structural plywood product on the market has failed Australian standards and has exhibited gross delamination.

The Engineered Wood Products Association of Australasia sounded the warning on the non-compliant bracing plywood recently to prevent its use in structural applications.

EWPAA says that under the deemed-to-satisfy provisions of the Building Code of Australia (BCA), two timber standards are called up – AS1720.1 Timber Structures Design Methods and AS 1684 Timber Framed Construction.

Both of these standards require that plywood is used structurally under the deemed-to-satisfy provisions of the BCA and must be manufactured to AS/NZS 2269.0.

An inspection of the imported plywood material has shown firstly that the plywood is unbranded with any reference to the Australian standard and secondly, it exhibits gross glueline failure and delamination.