Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Having the rafters in place gives a clearer idea of the expanse of rainwater collection area to fill the 70,000L of underground water storage.
Rafters were lifted into place by hand rather than with a crane truck, resulting in both financial and environmental savings and a great team-building exercise.

Masonite bracing was used in preference to plywood as it is thinner and is composed of sawmill waste material. Most bracing plys used in Australia are 4mm, made from Asian rainforest timbers. Australian-timber bracing ply is much thicker (starting at 7mm).


HighgateHill said...

So, are there bracing efficiency ratings considerations when making the masonite choice?

Emma Scragg said...

Masonite bracing and plywood bracing achieve the same kN/m. So the choice is purely an environmental one.