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Yale Assure deadlock 22/03/2018
70 story plyscraper 09/03/2018
The Beast mega-stump plucker 01/03/2018
Simpson Strong-Tie new range 15/02/2018
Commonwealth Games deliveries 08/02/2018
All New Decksheet 08/02/2018
Real-Crete concrete sleepers 08/02/2018
Pine supply shortage 15/02/2018
Season's Greetings from Bretts 21/12/2018
Commercial department expands 08/12/2018

Material Price Movement

Manufacturer Effective DetailsAmount
Lane security March 2018 Door hardware & locksVarious
Gainsborough March 2018 Door hardware & locksVarious
Matthei Timbers March 2018 Decking timberVarious
CSR March 2018 Plasterboard & accessories4.5%
Stanley, Black & Decker March 2018 Handtools, safety & automotive productsAverage 3.5%
Brasshards March 2018 Plumbing fittings Up to 10%
ITW March 2018 Lanes, Pryda, RamsetAverage 7.8%
Airco Fasteners March 2018 Nails & screws8.5%
Selleys April 2018 Adhesives & siliconesVarious
Iplex Pipelines April 2018 PVC pipe & fittingsVarious
Vinidex April 2018 PVC pipe & fittingsup to 6%
Bluescope Lysaght April 2018 Steel roofing & flashingVarious
Sheffield Group April 2018 Cutting & drilling consumables4.5%
Paslode April 2018 Fastener consumablesVarious
Emro April 2018 PWD compliant productsVarious
HB Fuller April 2018 Silicones10%
Abey April 2018 Bathroom, kitchen, laundryVarious
CSR June 2018 Cemintel products3% to 6%

Yale Assure deadlock

post - 22 March, 2018

Nothing new about digital locks, except this one, check out the new technology packed into this lock.

Lock and unlock your home with your smartphone. Share digital keys with friends and family, view access history and manage user settings, all from your Yale Assure app. Controlled via the Yale Assure App, Yale’s “Twist and Go” function allows users the unique ability to unlock their door by twisting their smart phone when within Bluetooth range. The “Twist and Go” feature protects you and your family from unintended unlocking. Also offering a backlit touch screen keypad, users have the option of entering a PIN code to unlock the door.

An automatic Re-lock function is available so that when the latch is retracted, the lock will automatically lock after a specified period of time. For those times when you don't have your smartphone on you, unlock by entering your unique 4-8 digit pin code on the touchscreen keypad.

The Yale Assure digital deadbolt with Bluetooth can be upgraded with a Yale Assure ZigBee or Z-Wave Network Module to seamlessly integrate into most home automation and alarm systems. Available in Keyless Satin Chrome finish and Key override Satin Chrome finish.

Product features:

  • Share Keys - Share or delete digital keys using the app. Includes 5 digital keys with download.
  • Manage Users - Set unique access schedule for each user and view a history of who accessed your home, and when.
  • Create Unique Pin Codes - Create up to 12 unique PIN codes, adjust lock features and personalise your settings.
  • Twist & Go Unlocking - Rotate your smartphone 90 degrees upon approaching the door and touch the keypad to unlock.
  • Touchscreen Keypad - Unlock by entering your PIN code and lock-up with a simple tap of the keypad.
  • 100% Key Free (Keyless version)
  • No cylinder means no lost keys and no pick and bump break-ins. You don't need to worry about house keys with the Assure Lock - Your phone is your new key and the door can always be unlocked using the touchscreen keypad.
  • Simple Installation - Replaces your existing deadbolt in minutes with just a screwdriver.

Compatible Yale Alarm Kit

Download the Yale Alarm App for complete peace of mind and knowledge that your home is secure. You can check your home anytime, anywhere via the App, and you can receive alerts and notifications if the alarm is triggered.

In the unlikely event of server disconnection, the alarm system will continue to function (arm/disarm) using the supplied keypad accessory. Alarm event is notifiedby email, push notification event (iOS only) and SMS message. We offer 20 free SMS messages per account, after which additional SMS messages would be chargeable.

The Alarm Kit can be extended to include additional accessories including a Power Switch to turn home appliances on and off remotely (i.e. a lamp or radio), a PIR Video Camera to view 10 second video of inside your home. You can even add a Yale Smart Lock to your front door; controlling them all from your Yale Alarm App.

Set-Up Requirement: For use in home with broadband connection. Homes with a router required with one freewired network port.

Product features:

  • Control via smartphone - View images of your home andarm/disarm your alarm anytime, anywhere
  • 433MHz technology - Yale uses a frequency that is tightly controlled, meaning a clearer channel with less interference from other devices
  • Pre-linked - Yale Sercure Connect Alarms come with components already linked to the Smart Hub. This makes installing your alarm quick and easy
  • Part arming - Set the alarm and secure downstairs while you move freely upstairs
  • Easy to fit - There is no need to damage your décor, lift carpets or run cables. All components are self-contained and no wired connections are required between units
  • Expandable - Add up to 40 devices to tailor the system to your home
  • No monthly fee - Putting you in control and alerting you directly means there are no monthly fees
  • Loud external (104db) and internal (94db) sirens
  • Easy to installation

4 Wheel Drive 1920's Style

70 Story "Plyscraper"

post - 8 March, 2018

Sumitomo Forestry, an industry giant in Japan, has a problem;

Most of their wood goes into building houses and with a shrinking population and a dislike of immigration, there are not a lot of houses being built. So, they are pivoting to plyscrapers, and proposing a 70 story, 350 metre tower for the Marunouchi district in Tokyo.

It's called W350, the plan being that it will be finished in 2041, the 350th anniversary of the founding of the company. I have previously wondered whether these tall towers are too much of a wood thing, but they are taking their time here and have an interesting rationale for it.

Using a hybrid 9:1 ratio of wood to steel, Sumitomo Forestry aims to replace concrete, which is one of the world’s largest carbon footprint contributors. The skyscraper would be a 70-floor mixed-use building that would include a hotel, office space, commercial space and residences. Wrap-around balconies at different intervals would be planted with lush wildlife. And greenery would extend throughout the entire complex, creating a vertical forest where humans and wildlife can flourish.

A Japan Real Estate site tells us that "the outside of the building will be encircled by balconies and fire-resistant plants." The building will have 455,000 M2 of space and be built from 185,000 cubic meters of wood.

Sumitomo claims that 2/3 of Japan is forested and that many trees replanted after the war need to be cut, or they will die and rot. Interestingly, Sumitomo is designing the building so that elements can be maintained for a certain period of time and then replaced as needed.

The used wood can be recycled and used as residential pillars and beams, and then used as a raw material for new wooden building materials, so that it can be circulated in the city. The final waste material can be used as fuel for biomass power generation and cascade usage of wood can be used such as using heat generated at the time of combustion of biomass power generation for drying wood.

Mega stump plucker

post - 01 March, 2018

Strong-Tie Connectors

post - 15 February, 2018

A new and range of unique connectors and ties are now in stock at our Windsor store. Including:
Concealed Joist Ties
Skewed Framing Hangers
Variable Pitch Connectors
Concealed Post Anchors

The CJT Concealed Joist Tie

Offers tested performance in a joist connector with a clean, concealed look. Designed for versatility as well as hidden beauty, the CJT allows the joist to be angled up to 45° up or down with no reduction in load.

  • Can be installed three ways: with no routing of the header/post or beam (for a quicker installation) or with the header/post or beam routed for a flush look.
  • All pins and fasteners needed for installation are included.

    Sheets come in four alternative lengths to reduce waste and cutting, 2700mm, 1800mm, 1350mm and 900mm. Each sheet comes with built in water flutes for drainage and subfloor ventilation.

  • Simply set your joists at the standard 450mm centres and fix the sheets to the joists.

LSSU - Ajustable Light Slopeable/Skewable U Hanger

The innovative design of the LSSU joist hanger allows it to adjust to any slope or skew up to 45°, eliminating the need for pre‑skewed/sloped or custom-orderhangers. Now one hanger can handle a wide range of framing applications.

  • All models are slope and skew adjustable on site.
  • Sizes for both solid sawn timber and engineered wood.

VPA25 - Variable Pitch Connector

The VPA variable pitch connector is a versatile, field-adjustable solution for connecting rafters to the wall top plate. It adjusts in the field to accommodate slopes between 3:12 and 12:12, making it a complement to the versatile LSSU joist hanger.

  • Easy to adjust the pitch in the field to match the application.
  • Eliminates the need for time‑consuming notching of rafters.
  • Available for solid sawn and engineered wood applications.

CPT - Concealed Post Tie

The CPTZ concealed post base provides a clean, concealed look while providing a 25mm standoff height above concrete. The 25mm standoff reduces the potential for decay at the post end and satisfies code requirements for posts that are exposed to weather or water splash or are in basements.

  • The CPTZ is tested and load-rated for uplift, download and lateral load.
  • Simpson Strong‑Tie saves installers’ time by providing all the necessary components to make the connection in one box.
  • The CPTZ anchorage can either be cast-in-place or retrofitted with adhesive or mechanical anchors.

Will the Commonwealth Games affect my Bretts deliveries?

post - 08 February, 2018

More than 6,600 athletes and officials from 70 Commonwealth nations and territories will take part in 11 days of competition from 4 to 15 April 2018. What's more, around 690,000 visitors are expected during the 11 days.

As you might guess this means a fair amount of disruption getting orders to site. Mostly affecting building sites to the south of Brisbane, the further south the more potential disruption is expected.

Traffic throughout South East Queensland and especially on the M1 is expected to be very heavy. This increased traffic will affect all our deliveries. Delays are likely, the length of which will be impossible to predict.

We advise that if you have a building site south of Coomera you should organise your materials ahead of time. Or be prepared for the possibility of quite lengthy delivery delays.

Most notable delays and restrictions will occur along the M1 and the surrounding access roads. The movement of oversize loads (wider than 2.5m) south of Coomera from the 25th March until the 20th April will be restricted. This will mostly affect Frame and Truss deliveries to job sites south of Coomera over this period.

Wide loads will not be permitted to travel on the M1 during the day, they will be restricted to between midnight and 5:00 am. This restriction also includes any other oversize vehicles such as cranes, etc. Furthermore, there has not been any relaxation of when work such as unloading can occur, which means there will be a very difficult logistics problem for oversize loads.

If you anticipate any deliveries of Frame and Truss, Aluminium Joinery or Trade Hardware from 25th March until the 20th April 2018 please talk to your Bretts Trade representative prior.

Affected suburbs

[A] - Advancetown - Anglers Paradise - Arundel - Ashmore - Austinville

[B] - Banora Point - Beechmont - Benobble - Benowa - Biddaddaba - Biggera Waters - Bilambil - Bilambil Heights - Bilinga - Binna Burra - Birnam - Bonogin - Boykambil - Boyland - Broadbeach - Broadbeach Waters - Bundall - Bungalora - Burleigh Head - Burleigh Waters

[C] - Canungra - Carool - Carrara - Casuarina - Cedar Creek - Chevron Island - Chinderah - Clagiraba - Clear Island Waters - Cobaki - Cobaki Lakes - Coolangatta - Coombabah - Coomera - Cronin island - Cudgen - Currigee - Currumbin - Currumbin Valley - Currumbin Waters - Cypress Gardens

[D] Duranbah - Duroby

[E] - Eagle Heights - Elanora - Eviron

[F] - Ferny Glen - Fingal Head - Florida Gardens - Flying Fox

[G] - Gaven - Gilston - Glengarrie - Guanaba

[H] - Helensvale - Heydon Heights - Highland Park - Hollywell - Hope Island

[I] - Illinbah - Isle of Capri

[K] - Kingscliff - Kings Forest - Kingsholme - Kirra - Koala Park

[L] - Labrador - Lower Beechmont

[M] - Main Beach - Mermaid Beach - Mermaid Waters - Merrimac - Miami - Miami Keys - Molendinar - Mount Nathan - Mount Tamborine - Mudgeeraba - Mundoolun - Musgrave Hill

[N] - Natural Bridge - Nerang - Neranwood - Nobby Beach - North Tamborine - North Tumbulgum - Numinbah Vallley

[O] - O'Reilly - Oxenford

[P] - Pacific Pines - Palm Beach - Paradise Point - Paradise Waters - Parkwood - Piggabeen

[R] - Reedy Creek - Rialto - Rio Vasta - Robina - Runaway Bay

[S] - Sanctuary Cove - Santa Barbara - Sorrento - Southern Morten Bay - Southport - South Stradbroke - Springbrook - Stotts Creek - Studio Village - Surfers Paradise

[T] - Tabragalba - Tallai - Tallebudgera - Tallebudgera Valley - Tamborine - Tamborine Mountain - Terranora - The Spit - Tugun - Tumbulgum - Tweed Heads - Tweed Heads South - Tweed Heads West

[U] - Upper Coomera - Upper Duroby - Urliup

[V] - Varsity Lakes

[W] - West Burleigh - Willow Vale - Witheren - Wongawallan - Wonglepong - Worongary

[Y] - Yarrabilba

All New Decksheet

post - 08 February, 2018

Decksheet™ is the new, quick and easy way to construct your next decking project. No more laying individual decking boards. Individual boards now come in sheet form made from Merbau Timber, Kiln Dried to achieve Durability Class 1 for longer decking life.

There are two sheet styles. The traditional 90mm style sheet made up of 6 boards (564mm wide) and the wider 140mm style sheet made up of 4 boards (576mm wide).

Sheets come in four alternative lengths to reduce waste and cutting, 2700mm, 1800mm, 1350mm and 900mm. Each sheet comes with built in water flutes for drainage and subfloor ventilation. Simply set your joists at the standard 450mm centres and fix the sheets to the joists.

  • Up to 6 times faster to lay.
  • A more consistent look and feel compared to your traditional timber deck.
  • Easy to carry and move.
  • Easy to tie-down and transport.
  • Durability Class 1 to ensure longer decking service life.
  • Sourced only from registered and approved, legally logged timber.
  • Has built in water flutes for drainage and subfloor ventilation.
  • Applications include decks, wall cladding, screens, fence panelling and more. Suitable for internal and external use.
  • Select Grade Merbau hardwood in compliance with AS2796.2 for a quality finish.
  • Kiln dried to achieve the highest stability and durability Class 1.
  • Resorcinol glue for long-term water resistance and strength.
  • For cutting we recommend the use of a power saw with tungsten tipped blade
  • For fixing we recommend pre-drilling then using either galvanized or stainless steel screw fixings as per guidelines
  • Coat the sheets all round including the trimmed, or cut to length ends using a good quality sealer as per manufacturer specifications.

Real-Crete Concrete Sleepers

post - 08 February, 2018

Real-Crete is a quality, concrete landscaping solution for retaining walls, garden edgings, sleepers, paving, fencing and more. Designed and manufactured in Australia, Real-Crete is built for Australian conditions from environmentally conscious materials. Durable, long lasting and cost effective, Real-Crete not only looks great but is low maintenence, saving you time and money.

Real-Crete Structural Concrete Sleepers are used in Retaining Walls of greater height than 800mm. Real-Crete Structural Concrete Sleepers are steel reinforced and are manufactured to engineered standards. Available In: Woodgrain Finish / Smooth Face Finish

Structural Sleepers(S80)

1800mm x 205mm x 80mm (approx) weight 72kgs (approx) (Used in Retaining Walls 1.0 - 1.4m in height) AVAILABLE IN: Woodgrain

Smooth Face Structural Sleepers(SF80)

2000mm x 205mm x 80mm (approx) weight 80kgs (approx) (Used in Retaining Walls 1.0 - 1.4m in height) AVAILABLE IN: Smooth Face

Heavy Duty Structural Sleepers (HDS80)

1800mm x 205mm x 80mm (approx) weight 73kgs (approx) (Used in Retaining Walls 1.6 - 2.4m in height) AVAILABLE IN: Woodgrain

Heavy Duty Structural Sleepers (SFHDS80)

2000mm x 205mm x 80mm (approx) weight 81kgs (approx) Used in Retaining Walls 1.6 - 2.4m in height) AVAILABLE IN: Smooth Face

Extra Heavy Duty Structural Sleepers (HDS100)

1800mm x 205mm x 100mm (approx) weight 87kgs (approx) (Used in Retaining Walls greater than 2.4m in height) AVAILABLE IN: Woodgrain Only

Galvanised Steel Posts

Real-Crete can also supply you with your Galvanised Steel Post Requirements Note; 1830mm is the maximum steel post centre for 1800mm long sleepers 2030mm is the maximum steel post centre for 2000mm long sleepers (SF) Steel Posts are stocked in increments of 300mm from 900mm up to and including 3000mm

Pine supply shortages

post - 25 January, 2018

Demand for Pine framing in Australia has exceeded supply capabilities over the past 4 to 5 months and it has become increasingly harder to get the most popular lengths. The local South East Queensland Housing and Construction markets are governed by what occurs nationally and internationally.

Unfortunately, this pressure on supply is likely to persist far into 2018.

There are a number of factors at play which is causing the tight availability:

  • The Australian new housing market continues to be buoyant despite predictions of a slowdown by industry commentators.
  • Australia is not shielded from global influences. Demand globally has risen sharply which is driving prices up.
  • Imported structural pine is being supplied to other countries at a higher global M3 rate, once the Australian M3 rate moves up Australia will be more attractive to importers.
  • Australian mills are at capacity and are struggling to supply enough volume to service demand, particularly in popular lengths.
  • Volume has increased versus last year by 9% in Victoria and by 62% in NSW.
  • Currently, prime lengths 2.7s, 4.8s, 5.4s and 6.0s are the most affected. In terms of end sections, the impact is broad but 90x35 and 90x45 are the tightest end sections.
  • During this unprecedented shortage, we need to encourage you to take the range of lengths and not rely as heavily on the 5.4 and 6.0-metre lengths.
  • Price increases for February and March 2018 have already been submitted by all timber manufacturers and wholesalers.

We will keep you posted if these circumstances change, but in the meantime please consider ordering intermediate lengths whenever possible.

Happy holidays from Bretts

post - 21 December, 2017

Thanks to everyone for supporting Bretts in 2017, we look forward to an even better 2018. Bretts would like to wish all our amazing customers a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!

We hope that everyone will get to enjoy some time off, from what has been a very busy year.

It's been an extraordinary year, globally and locally. Here are just some of the highlights you have seen from Bretts during 2017.

We set up a trade store at our Geebung distribution centre, another convenient location for you to collect your building materials from.

Opened a new Trade store at Wynnum which brings our total locations around south-east Queensland to six.

We expanded our operation at Caboolture, improving both product range and capacity.

Our Tool department at Windsor got a facelift to now include Kincrome, Milwaukee and Dewalt.

Expanded our range of Mapei, adhesives, sealant and chemicals for the construction industry.

Reviewed and extended our range of Anchormark and Fischer fasteners.

Re-introduced free delivery for online orders over $200.

Held our biggest and best ever Trade Expo at our Geebung site.

Focused on promoting our customers on Instagram.

Commercial Hardware Expansion

post - 8 December, 2017

Our commercial hardware department has experienced rapid expansion over the last few years and as a result has outgrown their premises. To allow the Commercial Team to continue and provide the high level of service customers have come to expect they are expanding their footprint within the Windsor Hardware store.

When you visit you won't notice much change, however behind the scenes the packing and stock areas have doubled. This will enable the team to more than double capacity while not compromising service.

The Bretts commercial hardware department is renowned for supplying the Architectural door hardware, Locksmith services and Washroom packages to many of the high rise developments and government buildings around South East Queensland.

Read more

Tool Department Expansion

post - 25 October, 2017

Trade Tool Shop now at Bretts Windsor

The Bretts Windsor tool department has undergone a huge re-vamp over the last few months with the inclusion of top trade brands, Milwaukee, Dewalt, Kincrome and Alpha.

Existng ranges of Paslode, Senco and Makita have all been significantly expanded making Bretts Windsor a destination tool shop to rival the best in Brisbane.

Tool Department Expansion

post - 25 October, 2017

Trade Tool Shop now at Bretts Windsor

The Bretts Windsor tool department has undergone a huge re-vamp over the last few months with the inclusion of top trade brands, Milwaukee, Dewalt, Kincrome and Alpha.

Existng ranges of Paslode, Senco and Makita have all been significantly expanded making Bretts Windsor a destination tool shop to rival the best in Brisbane.

Makita, Milwaukee, Dewalt, Sutton, Irwin, Alpha, Senco, Paslode, Kincrome

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Milwaukee Tools

post - 07 September, 2017

Heavy Duty comes to Bretts Windsor

Bretts Windsor now stocks a huge array of Power and Hand tools from Milwaukee.

The range includes corded and mobile power tools for just about every application. Hand tools for fastening, layout, clamping, sawing and cutting, work gear and storage, snips, knives, nutsetters and drivers, detection acessories and distance measurers.

In addtion to this, a comprehensive range of consumables for cutting drilling and fastening.

Win One Million Dollars

post - 07 September, 2017

It's easy to enter, here's how:

  • Come into a Bretts Trade store
  • Purchase 4 litres or more of any Wattyl paint product ( excluding private label and aerosols )
  • Take a photo of your receipt with your phone and SMS with your name and address to +61 437 650 512
  • You will then go into the draw, for every eligible receipt entered you will get one entry into the draw
  • One lucky consumer will be drawn on the 5/11/2017 to have the chance to win One Million Dollars
  • If you are drawn and don't win a million dollars you will still win $10,000 in Visa gift cards
  • The lucky consumer will be either at the Wattyl state office or the store where you made your purchase for an event on 04/12/2017 where you will choose 1 of 250 envelopes, one envelope contains One Million Dollars, the others will contain $10,000 in Visa gift cards.

Bretts Connect Trade EXPO

post - 24 August, 2017

Friday October 20, 2017

The Bretts Connect Trade Expo is on again this year at our Geebung manufacturing site. Home to our Frame & Truss plant, Aluminium Window & Door factory, Trade Distribution Centre, also home to our Geebung trade store.

The Expo is all about meeting industry leading manufacturers and suppliers, networking with your peers, and seeing some the latest new products and technologies from the exhibitors in attendeance.

The EXPO kicks off at 2:00pm and continues through until arround 7:00pm, Food and beverages will be provided throughout the afternoon and into the evening.

The expo is free for Bretts trade account holders who receive a $100 Milwaukee tool voucher, in additon to this there are over $15,000 worth of prizes to be won.

Q Timber

post - 24 August, 2017

New Web-application

The Queensland Government recently released Q Timber a web-application digital version of the publication Construction timbers in Queensland: properties and specifications for satisfactory performance of construction timbers in Queensland—Class 1 and Class 10 buildings, books 1 and 2. (CTIQ).

It is an interactive ‘look-up’ tool for CTIQ with descriptive guides and index. Q ​Timber provides designers, specifiers, builders and all timber users with a simple-to-use tool that interprets the publication CTIQ more easily.

The site also contains a fairly comprehensive array of timber advisory guides covering most aspects of timber use in Queensland construction.

Access the Q Timber site at

Ground Breaking Technology

post - 1 August, 2017

3d Site Measures

Brett's offer market leading Faro Focus 3D X 130 Laser Scanner scanning technology to accurately capture the full external or internal detail of any building, site, or environment. Shooting approximately 1 million laser points per second, data from the 3D laser scanner can be registered to recreate a digital model of the scanned site. Consequently, drawings are cross referenced with the '3D point cloud model' of a scanned site. This ensures that all drawings are accurate before moving to production of frames, trusses, floor cassettes, window and door joinery or steel components. The data used has unparalleled speed, quality, detail, and accuracy.

This means more accurate site measures ensuring components manufactured and supplied by Bretts are 100% accurate, thus avoiding rectification work making installation more efficient.

Typical applications include:

  • Project Tendering/BIM Delivery
  • Refurbishment & Renovation Projects
  • Building Extensions
  • Pre-construction
  • On site Monitoring of Construction Build
  • Post Construction Model Verification
  • Facilities Management

If you would like more information please contact Darren (Harry) Harris from Bretts on 0409 225 307 or you can email Harry

Over coming weeks we will bring you some case studies on projects where our new 3D scanning technology has been used to improve your jobs efficiency.

Bretts Trade Purchase Mortons Hardware, Wynnum

post - 30 June, 2017

Two Brisbane Icons Join Forces

We’re delighted to announce that we have signed a contract to acquire the iconic Mortons Hardware business in 138 Singer St Wynnum, effective 3rd July 2017.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Mortons, they are a small hardware and plumbing business that has been trading from the same premises for almost 70 years, successfully surviving against a very large Bunnings 3 minutes’ drive away and seeing off Masters in the process.

The current range stocked at Mortons is a variety of hardware, plumbing, tools & paint catering to the small builder and handyman. It’s our intention to dramatically ramp up the trade lines to include full ranges of sheeting, structural timber, doors, mouldings & general building materials to better cater to the Trade’s needs. We hope to end up with a model that is bigger than the satellite stores at Rocklea, Caboolture & Geebung, but not quite as comprehensive as Windsor.

The store will be managed by David (Wags) Wagstaff and you can get in touch with him by phone on 0407 715 885 or by email at Some of you may know Wags from when he owned and ran Chermside Building Materials, or more recently as one of our current sales team.

Your current Bretts account will work at Mortons from the 3rd July onwards. If you have a current Mortons account, you’ll need to make arrangements with Mortons to settle this account for any purchases you make there up to the 30th June and apply for an account with Bretts. So now you have some real choice when it comes to shopping for building materials in the greater Brisbane area. Comprehensive ranges of timber, sheeting, doors, mouldings, tie down & fixings at Windsor, Geebung, Rocklea, Caboolture & now Wynnum.

We look forward to seeing you in store soon.

How a butterfly could revolutionise window and doors

post - 25 May, 2017

Butterfly wings have inspired researchers to develop new solar windows

A new energy-efficient technology has been designed by the research team at the Australian National University (ANU). They have developed small nanostructures that are capable of finely controlling the direction of light.

Inspired by the Morpho Didius butterfly, the wings have tiny cone-shaped nanostructures that scatter light to create a striking blue iridescence. The ANU research team made similar structures and applied the principles in the butterfly wings to control the direction of light, which had previously been a challenge. These nanostructures are expected to drive efficiencies in solar cells and smart windows.

The technology is expected to create smarter solar panels by controlling light and heat transmission. It could also be used in aesthetic applications, by selecting from the visible spectrum. As an example, this technology could create a window that is transparent to some colours and opaque to others. This technology has the potential to create new designs and applications in architecture.

There has been no set timeline for this technology to be released to everyday windows and doors.

Source: Architecture & Design

New Products Alert

post - 18 May, 2017

See what new products we have in stock now

Want the latest building supplies? Check out our newest products available on our shelves now!

All products now available at Bretts trade stores!

Using Timber Leads to a Healthier Wellbeing

post - 11 May, 2017

Research suggests using timber in buildings can create healthier environments

A new report by Planet Ark, Nature Inspired Design, highlights the benefits of the interior use of wood to the occupants of the building.

The new report highlights the importance of connecting buildings with the natural world and how ‘Nature Connected Design’ and using wood can bring nature indoors and provide a healthier, happier environment. The research has identified that use of wood in furniture, fittings and structures has measurable physiological and psychological health benefits. These include:

In addition to health benefits timber also has significant positive environmental outcomes. Timber is a renewable building material. It both stores carbon and reduces CO2 emissions, helping us fight against climate change.

An increasing number of architects are incorporating significant amounts of wood into their structures to capitalise on health and wellbeing aspects. For example, the use of timber in the Melbourne School of Design aspires to both educate the uses and also provide a catalyst for learning.

Using timber in design and construction of buildings can create healthier and happier environments.

Source: Planet Ark, Nature Inspired Design, 2017

Changes to Safety Regulations

post - 31 March, 2017

Inspectors can now issue on-the-spot fines

Changes to Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 in December of last year, mean inspectors can now issue on-the-spot fines for 18 new infringement notice offences. These new infringement offences relate to high-risk areas such as asbestos, hazardous chemicals and construction work. The fine amounts range from $432 for an individual and $3600 for a corporation.

Make sure that you comply with the new laws by speaking to your Site manager or WHS officer. If you are missing any safety equipment, have defects with your tools, or you are not complying with these new laws, please see the range of safety equipment we stock such as:

New Trade Store

post - 15 February, 2017

Bretts open new trade store at Geebung

In keeping with Bretts Timber & Hardware trade roots a brand new trade store opened on Monday 13th February 2017. This brings the number of trade stores to five including Rocklea, Caboolture, Windsor and the Trade Plumbing store at Narangba.

The store is conveniently located on the Northside at 26 Brickyard Road Geebung, at the front of the 8 acre Bretts manufacturing and warehousing facility. Bretts have occupied this site for a number of years now. Operating a Frame & Truss plant, Floor cassette and floor truss manufacturing line, Aluminium Window and Door factory as well as a distribution centre, warehousing bulk building materials for order assembly and delivery. So it made sense that Bretts open a trade store on the site to provide a pickup point for Northside customers. Feedback from Bretts trade customers identified that it was not always convenient to travel to the Windsor flagship store, so Managing Director Mr. Bill Nutting and his trade team decided to give their customers what they asked for.

The new store will be a fully stocked trade store holding bulk quantities of all the commonly used items you expect to find at a Bretts trade store. The comprehensive range will include all types of timber including; Structural hardwood, engineered timber, structural framing, mouldings, deck and step material, timber cladding, fibre cement and plywood cladding, landscape timber and fencing products, flooring, doors, jambs and architraves, general builders hardware, CD and bracing plywood, fibre cement sheeting, fasteners, finishing hardware, glues and sealants.

Bretts Trade General Manager, Mr Lewis Rolls has been hard at work to make sure the store has been designed to facilitate easy entry and exit and is compact yet spacious enough to allow fast order picking and loading onto a tradie ute. Trade customers can call in and pickup or forward order via Bretts online ordering system, nominate Geebung as the collection point and the trade team will have the order assembled ready for collection. Or check the delivery option for same day speedy service on one of our many delivery utes.

The long history of association Bretts has enjoyed with Brisbane builders continues with the rollout of this latest Bretts trade offer. Many older builders might remember the days when Bretts had over 10 stores scattered throughout South East Queensland, with future stores now planned Bretts will once again be Brisbane tradies building material supplier of choice.

Smoke Alarm Legislation

post - 23 December, 2016

New Smoke Alarm Laws from 1 January 2017

The new laws aim to protect the lives of every resident, by creating safer homes and one unified smoke alarm system. The new laws apply to new domestic dwellings, rental properties, and properties that are undergoing substantial renovations. From 1 January 2017 smoke alarms installed in new homes must:

Smoke alarms must be installed on each storey:

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services has put together a fact sheet on the changes – you can download a copy here.

Installation of Window and Doors

post - 20 December, 2016

The installation of window and doors is still a major issue in Australian construction

Installation continues to be a major problem for the performance of windows and glazed doors throughout Australia. Large amounts of time and money are spent investigating a ‘failed window system,’ only to discover that real concern is installation. Around 80% of all window complaints are attributable to installation and care during the construction period.

The Australian Window Association’s (AWA) Marketing and Communications Manager Gary Smith comments, “poor installation has been the ‘Achilles’ heel’ of our industry for many years.” In direct response, AWA have produced a series of short instructional videos. The videos provide guidance to the industry on correct installation practice of windows and doors in different types of construction including brick veneer, commercial block work, clad/lightweight and double brick. You can watch all of the videos here.

You can always talk to us about windows and doors by either booking an appointment with our showroom consultants, or send us a request online and one of our window solutions representatives will contact you.

Sawmill workers suit up in new technology!

post - 7 December, 2016

An Australian sawmill company are looking into power suits to improve their OH&S practices

A new exoskeleton power suit developed by P-sonic and subsidiary ActiveLink could help a large Australian sawmill company. The AWN-03 power suit would provide lower back support to the user whilst packing timber. The sawmill company has been looking to improve its OH&S in its manual packing lines and are looking into the power suit as automatic systems are either too expensive or are unable to handle the complex shape of timber and do not have the productivity of humans.

Hiromichi Fujimoto, President of Activelink, the developer of the power suit said, “We are proposing robotics to help at worksites, because there will always be a certain level of work that must be done by people, and these power assist suits can help reduce the physical strain during work.”

The power suit, which connects to the back, thighs and feet of the user, automatically senses the user’s motion when lifting and holding heavy objects, and sends a signal to the motors to rotate the gears. It also raises the user’s upper body while pushing on their thighs which in reduced stress on the user’s lower back by 15kg.

This is a just a small glimpse into how power suits could be used to assist workers in manufacturing, forestry and construction. They may even find their way to your work site in in the near future.


post - 7 December, 2016

Want to save time when shopping with us?

Introducing our new ExpressPick for mouldings and timber. It’s easier, faster and more efficient! All you have to do is:

  1. Write the quantity and length of your timber on the ExpressPick tag which is located right next to the product you need
  2. Ask a staff member if you need any items cut to specific measurements and load the items onto your ute
  3. Take theExpressPick tag to the counter and complete your purchase. Easy!

It saves you time and also means less wait time at the checkout! It’s a win, win!

Timber skyscrapers - Part 2

post - 24 November, 2016

Australia’s Very Own Timber Multistorey Buildings

Australia’s first residential, commercial and public timber buildings made entirely from cross laminated timber

Australia’s first success story, Forte in Melbourne, was the first building in Australia to utilise cross laminated timber panels. Developed by Lend Lease, the project made global headlines after it became the tallest timber high-rise apartment building in the world at 10 storeys (which has now been surpassed by the Treet building in Norway). Another more recent project by Lend Lease is The Library at the Dock, a three storey community hub and library in the Melbourne Docklands. The first commercial building, International House Sydney, will also be constructed from cross laminated timber and is scheduled to be complete in 2017.

Cross laminated timber has been popular in Europe for more than a decade, however Lend Lease has been the first in Australia to use it in multistorey buildings. Still a rarity in Australia, the engineered timber industry is still in its infancy, lagging behind Europe and increasingly the US and New Zealand. These mass timber building have the structural strength similar to traditionally used steel and concrete, and has the potential to change the way buildings are constructed in Australia.

Using timber offers many advantages over convention materials of steel and concrete. Timber is renewable and sustainable resource and it reduces CO2 emissions. It offers better thermal performance and requires less energy to heat and cool which means reduced energy and water costs. The cross laminated timber panels for Australia’s 3 major projects were prefabricated in Europe, are craned and screwed into position with next to no waste and far less construction noise. Mass timber buildings can be built in two thirds of the time compared to the traditional materials of steel and concrete. Lend Lease’s Head of Timber Solutions, Andrew Nieland commented on the benefits of using cross laminated timber, “Cross laminated timber uses more efficient construction process that is environmentally sustainable, durable, better quality and safer.”

Cross laminated timber and has the potential to revolutionise the way Australian buildings are being constructed, toward a more sustainable future. Maybe we will see an 80 storey timber building, just like last week’s article, in our future skylines.

Colt Compressors

post - 17 November, 2016

"New comprehensive range of Colt compressors now at Bretts Windsor"

As part of our commitment to trade supplies we have beefed up our range of compressors, with a comprehensive range of Senco Colt compressors. The range is expansive enough to meet most of your on-site requirements.

Specifications Colt 160 Colt 180 Colt 200 Colt 270 Colt 312
Tank Capacity 24 litre 6 litre 12 litre 50 litre 50 litre
Power 1.5hp / 1.1kw 1.5hp / 1.1kw 2hp / 1.5kw 2hp / 1.5kw 2hp / 1.5kw
PSI up to 145 psi up to 116 psi up to 145 psi up to 145 psi up to 145 psi
RPM 3,000 3,400 2,900 3,400 1,480
Power source single phase
single phase
single phase
single phase
single phase
240v 10 amp
Capacity 2.5cfm, 70lpm
free air
2.1cfm, 60lpm
free air
7.1cfm, 200lpm 2.1cfm, 60lpm
free air
8.6cfm, 244lpm
Warranty 12 months limited 12 months limited 12 months limited 12 months limited 12 months limited
Steel valve plates n/a n/a n/a n/a yes
Filter regulator n/a n/a n/a n/a yes
Cast iron cylider
with aluminium heads
n/a n/a n/a n/a yes
Thermal overload switch n/a n/a n/a n/a yes
Oil lubricated n/a n/a n/a n/a yes
Oil free yes yes yes yes n/a
CELN equivalent n/a n/a n/a n/a yes
Nitto equivalent yes yes yes yes n/a
Belt drive n/a n/a n/a n/a yes
Direct drive yes yes yes yes na
Essentials Price $335 $229 $282 $395 $749
Colt 312 compressor
Colt 270 compressor
Colt 200 compressor


Colt 180 compressor
Colt 160 compressor

Timber skyscrapers - Part 1

post - 17 November, 2016

"River Beech Tower, 300 unit all timber construction high rise"

As part of a master plan along the Chicago River, USA, the River Beech Tower is a residential high-rise which, if built, would be taller than any existing timber building. The Perkins+Will’s proposal is still in very early development but it would include 300 duplex units and communal shared areas such as indoor parks. The team’s vision is to create a “social and sustainable adaption to high rise development.”

Reaching to 80-stories, it would tower over other timber skyscrapers like other proposals such C.F. Moller and Dinsell Johnsson’s 34 story building in Stockholm and our very own 10 story Forte apartment building in Melbourne. To reach new heights, the Perkins + Wills team have used a different approach to the previously built structures by using a diagrid system. Perkins+Will explain, “The design is made possible by an innovative structural system engineered to take the full advantage of the timber’s natural strength through an exterior diagrid system.” The building’s vertical and lateral loads are resisted by connecting the outer diagrids with the internal cross bracing that skirts the central atrium, allowing for efficient load distribution across all timber elements.

It is still unknown if the River Beech Tower will be realised but it will definitely be one for the record books. River Beech Tower is a collaboration between Perkins+Will, Thornton Tomasetti and the University of Cambridge.

Next week - Part 2 - Australia’s Very Own Timber Multistorey Buildings

Timber skyscraper engages the diagrid engineering system

QBCC Tie Down requirement

post - 17 November, 2016

The QBCC has recently detected issues with the treaded rod

Which provides tie-down to roof and wall frames particularly in high wind and cyclonic wind speed regions. AS1684 Timber Framing Code includes a requirement that all metal straps, framing anchors and similar connections have a minimum corrosion protection of 275 grams weight of zinc coating per square metre of surface area

Bretts Trade is aware of QBCC requirements for cyclone tie down rods as stipulated in AS1684. We have a full range of HDG cyclone rods available, that completely comply with the QBCC standards. We also stock Bremick electroplated zinc rods with organic coating. Bremick have stated that their electroplated zinc rods with organic coating have been tested in an appropriate facility. Bremick believe their products outperform the corrosion protection performance of the HDG rod, which does comply with the relevant standards. Bremick have sought approval from QBCC about the compliance of their product.

Online Ordering and Pricing at Bretts

post - 17 November, 2016

Quotes back in 1 Hour    Deliveries to site, same day   Deliveries for Free!

Sound to goo to be true? Read on to be pleasantly surprised and find out how to get this level of service using your trade account at Bretts!

Did you know we have online ordering and pricing for our Trade Account customers? Log onto Online Pricing and check out how easy it is to price a job or place an order online! Pricing a job is made easier and faster with us, by generating a list online. Send it to our Trade Estimating Team and get fixed job pricing back in an hour.

Order all of your materials online and select either delivery or collection in store. Your order will be prioritised and will be delivered on site or be ready for collection within 2 hours (subject to product availability). If your fasteners and consumable items order is over $200 your Ute delivery will be FREE! Easier, Faster and more efficient, you’ll be able to spend less down-time at the site and no need to rush to get supplies.

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Bretts online pricing
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Trade Brekkie

post - 03 November, 2016

"Featuring HardieDeck".

This week at the trade brekkie James Hardie will be talking about the features and benefits of thier HardieDeck system, specifically talking about the new timber like stain finish that can be achieved with HardieDeck.

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New Product

post - 03 November, 2016

"Reefe pumps".

Bretts windsor now stocks a comprehensive range of pumps to suit many applications

Mid-rise timber construction

post - 14 October, 2016

"An exciting development for the construction industry".

There is a growth of timber building pushing the height limits. Canada has three tall timber buildings in the pipeline, a 13-storey Quebec City project, using cross-laminated timber and glulam, a 12-storey building in Ottawa and a project in Vancouver targeting 18 storeys. Not to be outdone, the highest timber building planned so far is a 23-storey office building in Sweden.

To accelerate the uptake of timber framing and massive timber building systems in mid-rise projects in accordance with the recent changes to the National Construction Code, the new WoodSolutions team of design, engineering, construction and development specialists has started a pilot program in Melbourne, complemented by a smaller-scale activity in Brisbane.

Earlier this year, a series of workshops, facilitated by Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA) and attended by senior industry representatives, saw Jennifer Cover, Executive Director of the United States’ WoodWorks program ( outline the structure and achievements of the US wood field force advisors. Based on their considerable success, a similar model was developed for trial in the Australian market.

Extensive consultation with industry and potential sponsors outlined the scope and operations of the new Technical Field Force Pilot Project, with funds in excess of AU$1.5 million over three years being committed from a large number of industry sponsors including key gold sponsors who are AKD, Australian Sustainable Hardwoods, Bowens, Hyne Timber, Meyer Timber, Parkside Timber, Tillings, Timberlink, Timber Queensland, XLAM and Wesbeam with matching contributions from the Australian Government via FWPA.

“This is an exciting development for our industry, said Ric Sinclair, FWPA’s managing director, “first, we undertook the research, secured the code change to allow market access and now we have a dedicated program to encourage uptake of the research by the building community. Our high calibre professional team is focussed on market extension, and we know from research that it is important to get involved in the early stages of projects to ensure adoption”.

With extensive experience in property development, construction, timber engineering and architecture, the WoodSolutions team of Program Development Managers are ideally placed to liaise with development, design and construction professionals, providing generic information and advice on making the most of the cost, time and other advantages of timber building systems.

Melbourne-based Gerry Neylan, a construction, planning and property specialist and WoodSolutions team member, said this was a great opportunity to engage with the marketplace about constructing new projects more quickly, quietly and safely – while also addressing issues such as social responsibility and sustainability. Sentiments that were echoed by Brisbane-based Stefan Gerber, a timber engineer, who added that after only a few weeks he is already finding many designers and engineers are highly interested in discovering more about new opportunities with timber.

“Typically, the outputs of research, even following a building code change of this order, we would expect changes in design and building practices and material specifications to take many years to flow through the market,” explained Mr Sinclair, “this new program will substantially reduce the uptake time and generate greater sales volumes for timber products. The challenge for our industry is to ensure that the whole supply chain is knowledgeable, prepared and able to meet the increased demand.”

Massive timber construction

Pryda timber connectors

post - 13 October, 2016

This weeks trade Brekkie at Windsor.

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Deal of the week from Pryda, purchase any box of Triple Grips or Multi Grips and receive a 500g packet of galvanised connector nails at no charge.

pryda deal

Regulatory requirement notice

post - 6 October, 2016

In the state of Queensland, Pryda DOES NOT support use of power driven nails in triple grips and multi grips any further.

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Experience has shown over many years that it is not practical to use power driven nails in timber connectors such as triple grips and multi grips owing to:

  1. Small interface of steel on timber
  2. Lack of positive positioning tools in industry to adhere to recommending positioning of power driven nails

As a result, majority of connections done using power driven nails in triple grips and multi grips are non-compliant. Similar concerns have been expressed by QBCC [Queensland Building and Construction Commission] via it’s industry release “Connections: Gun Nailing of Framing Anchors and Straps” for December’ 2015

Power driven nails may be used with other connectors like Cyclone Ties, Tie-Down Straps [Punched/ Un-punched], Mitre Plates and Joist Hangers while adhering to strict parameters as recommended in Design Guides. Failing correct use of power driven nails in such connectors, the certifiers have every right to deem the work defective needing immediate remedy.

Check out further information on the QBCC blog  Read more 

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