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Sustainability and Green Buildings

APA products comply with the standards and regulations required in Europe and the work done by third party certification bodies – such as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) – to assist EU importers with European Timber Regulation compliance.

An essential part of green building, life cycle assessment (LCA) offers an objective and consistent way to measure the environmental impact of all types of constructions and the materials from which they are made.

To ensure quality and comparability of LCAs, the global construction industry has adopted a common format  – called an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for communicating these results.  The EPD is designed to enable comparison of Life Cycle assessment data so that decisions can be made to help create a low carbon, more resource efficient, sustainable built environment.

The American Wood Council (of which APA is a member) has produced four EPD relating to softwood Plywood_EPD, OSB_EPD, LVL_EPD and LVL_EPD.

The British Research Establishment and the US Underwriters Laboratories  now recognize each other’s certified EPD making it simpler for APA member mills to gain environmental performance ratings under the BRE Environmental Assessment Method  (BREEM).  sets UK standards for best practice in sustainable design and has become the de facto measure used to describe a building’s environmental performance.

The US EPD is based on ISO 14025, which the European Standardisation Body also used when developing its core category rules for EN 15804:2012 +AI: 2013.  This new environmental standard makes it possible to undertake a single EPD study for each product, which can then be used across Europe.

 

 

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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
OSB: Span rating

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