Standards and Performance Characteristics for Specific OSB Applications
EN 13986:2004+A1:2015 is the overall structural standard for wood-based panel products. It gives those specific standards which classify different materials (like OSB and EN 300). It also lists the numerous individual standards needed to test that the performance characteristics of your chosen product is suitable for what you want it to do.
This APA guide takes the hard work out of finding out that information – helping you quickly identify which standards you need for different elements of your building project.
It also tells you which characteristics, like bending strength, must be considered and which depend on the application, such as air permeability. Simply select from the list below.
- For floors, walls and roofs and non-structural applications – what do I need to comply with?
- Bending strength
- Bending stiffness
- Residual bending strength
- Internal bond
- Residual internal bond
- Durability in terms of swelling in thickness (not relevant for internal)
- Durability in terms of moisture resistance (not relevant for internal)
- Release of formaldehyde (Class E1)
- Biological durability
- Content of pentachlorophenol in your materials
- Reaction to fire (except non-structural)
- Water vapour permeability (except non-structural)
- What other essentials do I need to check for structural use?
- Are there further structural checks I need to do on floors and roofs?
- Wall sheathing is being installed as part of my project – is there anything specific I need to test it for?
- Acoustic sound is an important part of my building project – what do I need to account for?
- How do I determine the thermal resistance of an OSB panel?
- I am installing industrial shelving and other ‘non-construction’ features – what standards do I need to meet?