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West Fraser’s net carbon negative SterlingOSB Zero – sustainability for all applications

Bon Tot children’s clothing beautifully displayed on SterlingOSB Zero

From timber-frame construction to furniture building, retail interiors to trendy nightspots, West Fraser’s (formerly known as Norbord) portfolio of OSB products, all of which are net carbon negative, has the panel for the job!

West Fraser’s OSB portfolio comprises SterlingOSB Zero 3, SterlingOSB Zero Tongue and Groove, and SterlingOSB Zero StrongFix. They are variants of the precision-engineered OSB3 board; BBA-approved and designed for humid conditions, the board contains zero added formaldehyde (ZAF) and is unique in the market by being the only ZAF OSB manufactured in the UK.  Produced in Scotland from forest thinnings taken from sustainably managed forests, the board is certified according to the guidelines of the FSC or PEFC.

Ollie Allen outside his SterlingOSB Zero clad workshop

The SterlingOSB Zero family from West Fraser uses a methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (poly-urethane MDI) resin to bind the thousands of strands that make up each board.  SterlingOSB Zero is even more environmentally-friendly to produce than its predecessors. The pMDI binder cures at a lower temperature than UF/MUF resins so less heat energy is consumed during manufacture. It is also safer to produce since pMDI resin uses water as a catalyst in the curing process.

What are the other environmental benefits to those using West Fraser panels?  West Fraser delivers a net carbon benefit in all the products produced in the UK, locking up more CO2e in the products (and lifetime of use) that is emitted in the manufacture of them.  That accounts for everything from forest to customer, including harvesting, production, sales and logistics.

To find out more about West Fraser’s carbon negative status visit https://uk.westfraser.com/carbon-negative/

For further information, call 01786 812 921 or visit Uk.westfraser.com

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