FAQ's

Application

Can Durra Panel be used externally?

Durra Panel is designed to be used as an internal finish only. While the panel can take a light shower during construction it cannot sustain continuous exposure to the elements.

Do I need any special tools to cut Durra Panel?

Durra Panel can be cut with an ordinary Circular or Reciprocating Saw providing you use a course blade when cutting. More information can be found here

What happens to Durra Panel when there is a fire?

When Durra Panel is exposed to fire the Kraft liner facing will char off and the densely compressed panel core will carbonise, providing an extremely effective barrier against the spread and penetration of the fire. As soon as the flames & fuel source are removed from the panel, carbonizing stops, the glow will disappear and the panel will not smoulder, curl up or distort. The thermal insulation from the Durra Panel also provides a safe barrier so that a hand can safely be held on the reverse side of the board without any heat being felt during a fire.

Fixing shelves and cupboards

You can easily fix shelves and cupboards to the panel. Durra Panel can support a load of 50kg per 40mm screw.

Distribution

Do you have any distributors interstate/internationally?

We manufacture and dispatch all products around Australia, New Zealand and the world from our plant in Bendigo, Australia.

You can also pick up materials directly from our plant in Bendigo.

Is there an off-the-shelf panel size I can buy?

Besides our standard panel width of 1187mm, there is no typical panel size and all products are made to order. This helps minimise wastage both in the factory and onsite.

Manufacturing

How is the straw inside the panel held together?

We rely on a dry extrusion process to manufacture Durra Panel, through the use of extreme heat and pressure. During this process, the natural lignan within the straw is drawn out to bind the fibres together and form the rigid panel core. This means we don’t need any additional chemicals or binding agents, resulting in a completely natural building material.

100% Australian Made

Durra Panel is 100% Australian made and owned. All materials are sourced locally around Australia and our manufacturing plant that is based in Bendigo, Victoria which helps support our regional supply chain partners.

Performance

Termites & Mice

The high density solid core of Durra Panel is not subject to attack from termites or rodents. The wheat and rice straw fibre used to produce Durra Panel is not considered a food source for termites and white ants.

Lifespan

Durra Panel is a sustainable & recyclable product made from 100% of straw, therefore its’lifespan is relevant to the existence of a building. Durra Panel was first used in the 1950s for residential use and the home is still standing to this day.

Waterproof

Durra Panel is typically an internal product and needs to be kept dry.

For wet areas of the home such as Bathrooms, Laundries, and Kitchens, Durra Panel Cement Sheet finish can be used as the interior wall. Check out our Tips & Tricks section under our News & Resources.