Engineered wood products

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With engineered timber becoming an increasingly prevalent component in construction, it is important for members of the construction industry to understand not only the benefits and properties of Engineered wood products, but also the different types.

With modified wood products being improved upon on a seemingly daily basis, this choose and use sheet looks at some of the more common timber products now available in the UK, including Glulam, Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL), I-beams/I-joists, Solid Wood Panels (SWP) as well as flooring, board and joinery materials.


  • Structural Engineered Products
  • The key benefits of EWPs
  • Glulam
  • Uses for glulam
  • Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL)
  • Uses for LVL
  • Timber I-beams or I-joists
  • Solid Wood Panels (SWP)
  • Other engineered wood products
  • Flooring
  • Board materials
  • Joinery materials

Suggested Reading

Wood-based panel products and timber in firenavigation-arrow

This Wood Information Sheet (WIS), intended for designers, specifiers and manufacturers, covers the behaviour of wood-based panel products such as plywood, particleboard and fibreboards, in addition to timber.

Smoke production is also considered.

This Wood Information Sheet applies to the United Kingdom and other jurisdictions where...

24/08/2020 |  Wood Information Sheet  

Introduction to wood-based panel productsnavigation-arrow

Wood-based panel products are sheet materials that contain a significant amount of wood in the form of strips, veneers, chips, strands or fibres. The categories described in this Wood Information Sheet (WIS) are:

  • Plywoods
  • Particleboards
  • Oriented strand board (OSB)
  • Fibre building boards


Within each of the above...

17/12/2020 |  Wood Information Sheet  

Wood-based panel products for formwork liningsnavigation-arrow

Wood products have traditionally been used as lining materials for formwork to concrete. Although timber planks were originally used as formwork linings, wood-based panel products are now more common in modern concrete construction.

This Wood Information Sheet (WIS) outlines a number of the key points and considerations to...

12/03/2020 |  Wood Information Sheet