TECHNICAL ASSESMENT

If you are more interested in the technical side of things then you have come to the right place. The purpose of this area is to detail steps taken by us to prove the the product in an independent and transparent manner. At the end of the page we have also provided a download link to the findings for your reference.

Boron Solutions (Australia) Pty. Ltd. approached the authors of the Technical Assessment for the purposes of providing an evaluation and appraisal of a novel borate-based full-infusion timber protection technology that they were advised would present a new benchmark in the treatment of structural timbers.

Boron Solutions thereby contracted the services of Dr. John French and Dr. Berhan Ahmed with advice that their intentions were to contract the services of appropriately and impeccably qualified academics with specialities in three key areas:

  1. “Entomology” specifically pertaining to insect pests of timber including, but not limited to, Termites of all species (Subterranean, Drywood and Dampwood) and Borer (Lyctus and European House Borer).
  2. “Boron/Borates” with specific relativity to the treatment of timber and the beneficial aspects thereof.
  3. “Timber” species and variances that occurred in the use of differing species of timber types. (i.e. Softwoods, hardwoods, refractory species and naturally resistant timbers.)

Dr. John French was a professional research scientist with New South Wales Forestry Commission and CSIRO from 1964 till 1996 as a specialist in termite entomology. He has evaluated products and systems in the market place and is an expert witness in court cases pertaining to termite damage and has written many scientific papers on these subjects. He is an adjunct professor at the University of the Sunshine Coast researching termite biology.

Dr. Ahmed is a Victorian State Representative for the 2009 Australian of the Year, on the executive committee of the International Research Group and has written his thesis on “The Effects of Boron-Treated Timbers against Coptoterme Species in Australia”. He is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Melbourne University.

Dr. French and Dr. Ahmed have collaborated to provide many scientific papers on these subjects (Ahmed/French) and these papers can be readily accessed on the internet.

The respective qualifications of the contracted parties satisfied the critical requirements of Boron Solutions (Australia) Pty. Ltd., in having the capacity to conduct a fair and comprehensive technical appraisal of the Boron Solution’s Tru-Core Timber Preservation Process, in a manner that identified attributes, whilst at all times adhering to strict scientific dictates, for the purposes of presenting an unfettered product assessment without fear or favour.

Boron Solutions (Australia) Pty. Ltd. had undertaken some limited testing, research and development on this new methodology with a USA based company (Kop-Coat) and we then embarked on a program of methodical and stringent testing of the Boron Solution’s Tru-Core Timber Preservation Process through agencies inclusive of the DPI&F (Qld.), Symbio Alliance (NATA registered Laboratory), CSIRO and the Kop-Coat Laboratories.

Testing was undertaken to evaluate several aspects of the borate treatment and uptake in timber so as to determine the capacity of the treatment to perform the functions as follows :

  1. Full insecticidal treatment of timber to provide protection against termites (subterranean, drywood and dampwood), anobium borers and European house borers, and all other insect pests of timber-in-service.
  2. Full fungicidal treatment of timber to provide protection against all forms of timber decay and rot of timber-in-service.
  3. Fire retardant for timber-in-service, as evaluated by the CSIRO, to include smoke suppression as recorded in the CSIRO results.

The results and discussion herein are entirely based on scientific data and testing that allows the authors to provide their findings thereon in an accurate and unencumbered manner so as at all times to present accurate scientific discussion on the subject.

The results from DPI&F and Symbio Alliance which tested for Boron uptake in timbers so treated with the new full-infusion process obviously required a new type of testing to demonstrate that boron was present deep inside the timber in areas that were impervious to traditional treatment methodologies.

Traditional LOSP treatments are only tested for limited envelope infusion therein and are entirely unable to provide a full-infusion process. The envelope treatment is generally provided with the use of solvents.

What was established was that the Boron Solution’s Tru-Core Timber Preservation Process provided a full-infusion timber preservation methodology that had applications as a full insecticidal and full fungicidal treatment of timber in a covered, aboveground situation discussed as H2 in the AS 1604 Timber Preservative Treatment Standard.

This treatment was assessed as being suitable for use against all insects, with further advice provided in the Technical Assessment pertaining to its efficacy pertaining to all species of termites, borer and insect pests of timber.

Furthermore, the authors of the Technical Assessment were able to ascertain from data and certification provided by the CSIRO that timber treated with the Boron Solution’s Tru-Core Timber Preservation Process imparted Fire Retardancy properties that conformed to the requirements for bushfire-prone timber specified in AS 3959:2009 Construction of Buildings in bushfire-prone area Appendix F.

Also noted in these results was the smoke suppression aspects recorded in the CSIRO findings whereby the emission of smoke from treated timber samples was greatly lessened in comparison to results provided relating to untreated timbers.

The tests conducted by the CSIRO pertained to two significantly differing timber species, Pine (pinus radiata) and Douglas Fir (Oregon), with certification provided by the CSIRO evidencing the efficacy of the treatment in both timber species.

The Boron Solution’s Tru-Core Timber Preservation Process has been recorded as imparting similar levels of borate retention to softwoods, hardwoods and refractory species of timber such as Oregon.

This Technical Assessment can be relied upon in all circumstances to be a comprehensive true and accurate account of findings based on the data therein.

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