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Latest Updates to European Standards

See full list of  individual standards for plywood, OSB and LVL.

As part of the official five year review process:

  • Seven standards are now under review (see list) including the recently added EN 15804:2012+A1:2013.
  • One new laminated veneer lumber standard is still under development.  It will amalgamate EN 14374 with EN 14279 to create a universal classification for structural and non-structural LVL. More.

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EN 15804:2012+A1:2013  Sustainability of construction works – Environmental product declarations – Core rules for the product category of construction products.

EN 318:2002 Wood-based panels – Determination of dimensional changes associated with changes in relative humidity

EN 325:2012   Wood-based panels – Determination of dimensions of test pieces

EN 14272:2011  Plywood – Calculation method for some mechanical properties

EN 1087-1:1995 Particleboards – Determination of moisture resistance – Part 1: Boil test (this refers to OSB)

EN 594: 2011 Timber structures – Test methods – Racking strength and stiffness of timber frame wall panels

EN 596: 1995 Timber structures – Test methods – Soft body impact test of timber framed walls.

EN 14374 Timber structures – Laminated veneer lumber (LVL) – Requirements

This is being merged with EN 14279 (referenced in EN 13986) to create a universal classification for structural and non-structural LVL. This will include:

  • Specific rules for LVL with cross band veneers
  • Test methods and definitions for strength and stiffness properties
  • Strength classes
  • Tolerance modifications
  • Included for the first time – guidance on resistance to fire and fire protection ability.

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What is a ‘life cycle stage’ and how do these link to the environmental assessment of whole buildings?

How do core category rules link with environmental product declarations?

Whose responsibility is it to check that wood products being imported into the EU do not originate from illegally sourced timber supplies?

Does the EUTR require mills to provide any extra documentation for customs entry into the European Union?

Must all plywood and OSB panels carry a CE marking?

What is the definition of a construction product under the CPR?

What is a Declaration of Performance referred to under the Construction Products Regulation?

What is the difference between Structural 1 and Exposure 1?

Does structural panel siding have shear values?

What are mould and mildew, and do they compromise the integrity of engineered wood?

The CE-mark on an APA plywood panel means it conforms to European Standards – but which ones?

I want to use a Rated Sheathing panel for flooring/ roofing application, what info do I need to know?

Plywood: Span rating
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What extra strength benefits do Structural 1 OSB panels provide over standard Rated Sheathing panels?

Do APA panels give off formaldehyde?

Plywood: Formaldehyde
OSB: Formaldehyde

What is the difference between a touch-sanded panel and sanded panel?

I’d like to know how APA veneer grades match those given in the European standards

How do I correctly gauge the face appearance a plywood Siding panel?

I want to specify an APA panel for concrete formwork – what do I need to know?

Are APA panels tongue and grooved on all four edges?

I am not familiar with the term ‘Sized for Spacing’ – what is its significance?

How are Performance Category and thickness related?

I’d like to know more about a panel’s Span Rating and how it links to thickness.

Plywood: Span rating
OSB: Span rating

What is Span Rating on the APA trademark and why is it important?

Plywood: Span rating
OSB: Span rating

What is the difference between Exposure 1 and Exterior plywood panels? What are their appropriate uses?

What are the main OSB panels likely to be available in Europe?

What are the main plywood panels likely to be available in Europe?

What are the main European standards that I would need to be aware of for OSB panels?

The main standards are: EN 13986 and EN 300

What are the main European standards that I would need to be aware of for plywood panels?

The main standards are: EN 13986, EN 636, EN 314, EN 635-3