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International Focus Product Certification
Though the benefits of engineered wood materials are universal, building codes and standards vary by country. In the European Union, achieving CE Marking is required in order to introduce new products into the market.
The CE Mark indicates that a material conforms with relevant European specifications so that when assembled it satisfies the five main aspects of European Construction Products Directives:
- Mechanical resistance and stability
- Safety in case of fire
- Hygiene, health and the environment
- Safety in use
- Energy economy and heat retention
The European Union recently gained a host of new engineered wood materials when LP Building Products received CE approval for four of its LP® SolidStart® laminated veneer lumber (LVL) products. Products include LP SolidStart LVL-Q Lite (1.3E), LP SolidStart LVL-S Lite (1.9E), LP SolidStart LVL-S (2.0E) and LP SolidStart LVL-S Plus (2.1E), offering European builders stronger alternatives to traditional timber.
Manufactured from ultrasonically graded veneers and bonded with exterior grade adhesive, LVL delivers greater load-carrying capacity than traditional softwood timber and provides consistent dimensions. Plus, LP SolidStart LVL comes standard with a water-resistant coating on all six faces, providing additional weather protection and minimizing problems that naturally occur as traditional timber dries, such as splitting, twisting, warping, checking and bowing.
The LP SolidStart LVL-Q Lite can serve as a cost-competitive alternative for rim board and wall plate applications, while the LP SolidStart LVL-S series provides a range of grades for most header and beam applications.
LP SolidStart LVL is available in standard thicknesses of 25mm, 29mm, 32mm, 35mm, 45mm, 63mm, 75mm and now a thick 89mm cross section. It comes in depths up to 610mm in both standard LVL-S and cross ply LVL-Q.
The products are available from a variety of vendors across the European Union:
- Falcon Panel Products Limited – UK
- MBM Forest Products Limited – UK
- SpanoTech – Belgium
- van Hoorebeke Timber – Belgium
- Wyder Engineered Timber Systems Limited – UK
- DPW Te Paske – The Netherlands (Industrial Doors)
This information and the websites identified above are provided solely as a convenience to the reader. They are not intended to state or imply that the editors of Engineered Wood or LP Building Products sponsor, recommend, endorse or are affiliated or associated with the companies or products listed.