APA guide – helping you comply with standards for wood-based products
Construction standards are devised by the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) which brings together the National Standardization Bodies of 34 European countries including the UK. It is a separate body from the European Union. CEN classifies products by use not properties and reviews each standard every five years.
Standards for plywood, LVL, OSB – and the I-joist equivalent
EN 13986: 2004+A1: 2015 is the overall standard for the structural use of wood-based panel products and lists all the individual standards needed to achieve compliance with this standard.
This APA online resource focuses on those standards relevant to plywood, OSB and LVL, providing information on over 50 relevant individual standards for specifying plywood, OSB and LVL. It includes an ‘at a glance guide’ to the different performance characteristics for specific applications – matching them to the standards you will need for testing and verification.
To help you keep track of any changes, APA’s standards news update also lists relevant standards that are being reviewed or have been updated.
Full details of a standard need to be obtained from your National Standards Body.