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 Performance Characteristics, Standards & Applications

Standards required for determining plywood panel performance characteristics for specific applications, see below. See also, standards required  for performance characteristics for EN 636 and list of all relevant EU plywood standards.

 Performance Characteristic  European Standard  Applications
Bending strength EN 310, EN 326-1 All applications, floors, walls, roofs & non-construction use
Bending stiffness (Modulus of Elasticity) EN 310, EN 326-1
Bonding quality EN 314-1, EN 314-2 All application, floors, walls, roofs & non-construction uses
Durability (moisture resistance) EN 314-1, EN 314-2 All applications, floors, walls, roofs & non-construction uses
Release of formaldehyde(Class E1) EN 717-1, (EN 717-2) and now EN ISO 12460-3 All applications, floors, walls, roofs & non-construction uses
Reaction to fire EN 13501-1, or taken from EN 13986 Table 8 All applications, floors, walls, roofs
Water vapour permeability EN ISO 12572, or taken from EN 13986 Table 9 All applications, floors, walls, roofs
Airborne sound insulation EN 13986 Clause 5.10 Only required if uses subject to acoustic sound requirements e.g. interior walls & ceilings
Sound absorption EN ISO 354, or taken from EN 13986, Table 10 Only required when panel is intended as an acoustic absorbant e.g. interior walls & ceilings
Thermal conductivity EN 12664, or taken from EN 13986 Table 11 Only for thermal insulation requirements
Strength & stiffness for structural use EN 789, EN 1058, EN 12369-2 All structural applications, floors, walls & roofs.Some non-construction uses e.g. industrial shelving
Impact resistance for structural use EN 1195, EN 12871EN 596 Structural applications, floors, roofs & wall sheathing.Some non-construction uses e.g. industrial shelving
Strength & stiffness under point load EN 1195, EN 12871 Structural applications, floors & roofs.Some non-construction uses e.g. industrial shelving
Mechanical durability EN 1156, or modification factors taken from EN 1995-1 All structural applications, floors, walls & roofs
Biological durability EN 335 All applications, floors, wall, roofs & non-construction uses
Content of pentachlorophenol CEN/TR 14823 All applications, floors, walls, roofs & non-construction uses