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Oriented Strand Board

OSB PanelOSB produced by APA member mills is manufactured to US Voluntary Product Standard PS2 – Performance Standard for Wood-based Structural-Use Panels, PS 2-10.

US PS 2 sets the performance requirements for both OSB and plywood, based on the panels intended end use in load-bearing applications such as wall or roof sheathing and flooring use, regardless of the manufacturing method.

It covers performance requirements, adhesive bond performance, panel construction and workmanship, dimensions and tolerances, marking and moisture content for structural use panels. This performance approach is also taken by European Standards for wood-based panel products.   See the individual European standards for OSB and the overall standard for wood-based panels, EN 13986: 2004+A1 2015.

APA Performance Rated OSB has satisfied various test requirements for use as a structural panel in constructing buildings.  It also indicates that the same panels can be utilised very successfully for non-building purposes as some of the performance requirements necessary for use in building are also applicable for use in industrial applications e.g. the uniform load requirement for flooring is also a requirement for pallet decks, or the racking performance of panels used for wall sheathing is also important when producing pack cases, especially if the contents are going to be of high value.

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All Questions OSBPlywood

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