As one of Europe’s best known brands of MDF, MEDITE is considered the benchmark for quality, consistency and performance. Its wide range of sustainable specialist products are helping meet the creative and diverse needs of a wide range of specifiers and designers.
It is no secret that the construction industry is a major producer of carbon. Nearly 40% of the UK’s total carbon footprint is from the built environment, and almost half of this energy comes from operations within buildings and infrastructure that has nothing to do with their functional operation. It is a problem across the industry—but progress is being made.
In a bid to bring the construction industry down a more sustainable route, several initiatives are now underway. In November 2020, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the ‘Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution,’ which aims to reduce UK emissions by 180 million tonnes of carbon dioxide between 2023 and 2032 and develop further plans to meet the target of net zero by 2050.
MEDITE MDF fulfils an important recycling concept for the forestry sector by processing waste from the Irish sawmill as wood chip, accounting for nearly 60% of the raw input for MEDITE MDF.
The MEDITE MDF range is CARB phase 2 compliant – a regulation limit lower than the European regulate E1 formaldehyde class — with some specialist products, notably MEDITE CLEAR, being manufactured with guaranteed no added formaldehyde.
The extensive MEDITE range includes ten different families of MDF products and many variants within this, with over 400 specifications possible—a choice vast enough that a brand new MEDITE MDF enthusiast community is now blossoming online.
Joiners, carpenters, furniture makers, or anyone with an interest in MDF, are now able to join this forum for the industry, to share ideas, gain inspiration and meet other similar professionals and enthusiasts. Anyone who joins will also have first access to exclusive news, updates and other exclusive content.
Each MDF offers the designer or specifier a specific benefit. If wellbeing is on top of the list for example, then MEDITE MR and MEDITE CLEAR are the top choices. These two specialised MDF panels have the versatility to allow interior designers and home improvers to transform a space into a healthier, design-led one.
MEDITE MR is a moisture resistant panel, specially designed for use in humid conditions in accordance with MDF.H (Option 1) as defined in EN 622-5 – making it ideal for applications such as kitchen and bathroom furniture – as well as window and skirting boards and architectural mouldings. Its smooth surface allows for a superior finish when used for interior applications.
Originally formulated for environmentally sensitive applications such as hospitals, schools and museums, MEDITE CLEAR offers a no added formaldehyde, low volatile organic compound (VOC) solution for other interior spaces too. Formaldehyde is a naturally occurring VOC substance, found in all natural things in very small amounts. Wood, for example, contains a small amount of formaldehyde which may be emitted into the air over time. MEDITE CLEAR can help to improve indoor air quality in the home, especially in areas which may require special attention to help ensure the health and wellbeing of those who will spend time there: children’s bedrooms, for example. Furthermore, a flame retardant version is also produced, for complete peace of mind from all angles: MEDITE FR CLEAR.
MEDITE PREMIER FR also has the added benefit of flame retardancy. It is a Euroclass B and C are MDF panel specially developed for use in fire rated applications where a Euroclass B or a Euroclass C flame retardant board is required under building regulations. These include hotel foyers, offices, public libraries, schools, cinemas and other public buildings.
Of course, those wanting a high performance breathable sheathing panel for a timber frame structure, will find MEDITE VENT an ideal choice. Its high racking strength in excess of Category 1 requirements, and high vapour permeability and weather resistance, makes it the perfect choice for the outer sheathing layer in ‘diffusion open’ breathable timber frame walls, particularly for Passivhaus.
For the complete feature read the Winter 20-21 Issue of Timber Trader UK