Specifying wood-based panels for structural use

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This Wood Information Sheet covers the following wood-based panels intended for structural use: cement-bonded particleboard, fibreboard, oriented strand board (OSB), resin-bonded particleboard (also known as chipboard), plywood and solid wood panels.

Boards of these types, intended for use in construction, fall under the scope of the harmonised Standard BS EN 13986 Wood-based panels for use in construction. Characteristics, evaluation of conformity and marking and must therefore carry a CE mark.



  • CE Marking
  • Design
  • Specification
  • Maintaining fitness for purpose
  • Example specifications


Suggested Reading

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