About Balau

Co2 Balau about
Yellow Balau is a imported Hardwood Timber from Malaysia. Not to be confused with Red Balau which is a protected species and on the IUCN List of Threatened Species. We only supply the Yellow Balau.

Yellow Balau a sustainable timber with good workability, durability please see below, and density (Janka Hardness of 1,600 lbf (7,120 N)). It is a strong and heavy timber.

The Latin names is Shorea Spp, but also can be refered to as Shorea atrinervosa, Shorea elliptica, Shorea foxworthyi, Shorea glauca, Shorea laevis, Shorea maxwelliana, Shorea submontana, Shorea guiso, Shorea kunstleri, Shorea collina, Shorea ochrophloia.

A durability Class 2 rating (BS EN 350-2 classes) and is compatible in hardness to oak (English Oak Janka Hardness: 1,120 lbf (4,980 N)). Although in Malaysia it is considered to be a very hard wood.

Balau can be left to naturally age for a rustic appearance or treated please see our accessories for a range of products.

It is suitable for many different application from boat building to furniture, A great wood for a contemporary cladding – Decking – Flooring - Fencing, in your home, garden office, utility building etc.

Here at Co2 Balau our Balau is FSC, SVLK (Indonesia’s Timber Legality Assurance), FLEGT (a Organisation to combat illegal logging) compliant.


When selecting your timber type for your project it is worth taking in to consideration BS EN 350 timber durability class.

Durability is the ability of a species to resist decay either naturally or through preservatives. The Class is based on the ability of the heartwood (inner part of the tree) to resist fungal decay. The sapwood (the living outermost portion of the tree)is considered not durable and should not be used for external projects without preservative.

BS EN 350 has 5 classes of durability they are:-
Class 1 to 3 can be left as untreated timber, a natural ageing process will accrue e.g. most timbers will turn a grey colour. Class 4 and 5 will need to be treated with preservatives.

For further information see www.greenspec.co.uk/building-design/cladding-durability-quality