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Prolam LVL15 Laminated Veneer Lumber

Prolam LVL 15 is a Douglas Fir structural laminated veneer lumber (LVL) manufactured to meet the quality controlled process requirements of AS/NZS 4357 - Structural Laminated Veneer Lumber.

Compliance with process based quality control requirements is third party audited by SAI-Global, and the audits, together with end product testing is used as the basis for Product Certification by SAI-Global as a JAS-ANZ accredited Product Certification body.

JAS-ANZ stands for the government established Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand which exists as the peak organisation for accreditation of Product Certification bodies.

Prolam LVL15 can be used in any form of construction where the structure relies on AS/NZS 1170: 2002 and NZ 3603 1993. The design can be from the Prolam online software, span tables or specific design by an engineer using Prolam LVL15 structural properties. All structural timber products must be stored, handled and installed in accordance with all Prolam’s installation requirements. Prolam structural LVL15 timber works well in harsh environments, for example in corrosive chemical stores, fell-monger, acid plants, salt-water environments and swimming pools, as it does not rust and the glues used are service class 3 certified.

 

Limitations on use

This laminated treated product must be protected from the elements until it is sealed, Prolam’s structural timber can be supplied with a temporary sealer if required. Timber naturally absorbs moisture from the surrounding environment. This can cause the product to alter dimensionally. All exposed structural timber must be sealed with a good quality paint or stain system within 7 days of delivery to dramatically reduce the incidence of dimensional change and increases longevity. All cuts, holes and rebates must also be sealed to prevent the ingress of moisture. Prolam structural LVL15 can be used in specific fire performance situations, and must be designed in conjuntion with a fire engineer.

Building code statement of compliance 

Prolam structural laminated timber installed in accordance with the Prolam installation requiements, will comply with the below performance clauses of the New Zealand building code.

  • Structure B1/AS1: meets the requirements of B1.3.1 B1.3.2 B1.3.3 (a, b, f, j, m, q) B1.3.4 (a, b, c, d, e); AS1170:2002 for engineering span tables, AS/NZS 1328:1998 and AS5068 for building element
  • Durability B2/AS1: meets the requirements of B2.3.1(a) B2.3.2. And can be used in service class 3 situations provided H3.2 treatment or higher is used. All timber is treated in accordance with NZS3640. Prolam treats it’s own timber, and is third party audited to ensure compliance to the New Zealand treatment standard. Correct treatments must be used in the right places.
  • Protection from Fire C: APA Evaluation of Char Rate (ASTM E119), TT- 118, January 2015; meets the requirements of C6.3 C6.4. Where members are required to have a fire resistance rating the designer can use the follow standards for FRR design: TT-118 OR: NZS 3603:1993 (section 9).
  • Hazardous Building Materials F2/AS1: meets the requirements of F2.3.1. Timber treatment suppliers meet NZS3640, which includes flash-off requirements.

NZBC designed to comply

B1
Structure

B2 
Durability

B3
Protection from Fire

B4
Hazardous Building Materials

Features & Benefits

Cost Effectiveness

High weight-to-strength ratio of Prolam allows for maximum loads over large spans with the smallest possible end sections.

Product Quality

Prolam manufactured in accordance with AS/NZS 1328 Glue Laminated Structural Timber standard.

Fire Safety

Extensive fire test data shows that Prolam beams maintain structural load support for measurable periods of time in fire situations.

Design Flexibility

Prolam can be curved to virtually any radii without loss of strength and manufactured specifically to the designer’s needs.

Renewable Resource

Made from renewable New Zealand plantation timber, Prolam uses14 times less energy to produce compared to the equivalent steel beam.

Chemical Resistance

Prolam works well in harsh environments as it does not rust and the glues used are service class 3 certified.

Why Choose Prolam

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