Standards and Certification
FSC certified birch plywood is available from several sources.
FSC is acronym of Forest Stewardship Council. It consists of two certifications which are FSC FM（Forest Management) and FSC COC（Chain of Custody).
FSC Chain of Custody certification allows companies to label their FSC products, which in turn enables consumers to identify and choose products that support responsible forest management. Chain of Custody certification is essential for businesses seeking to access environmentally and socially aware markets, or to demonstrate compliance with public and private procurement policies that specify environmentally responsible materials. These include the EU Ecolabel scheme for furniture, or the US Green Building Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.
Controlled Wood; Only materials from FSC-acceptable sources can be used as controlled. There are 5 categories of unacceptable material that cannot be mixed with FSC certified materials:
- Illegally harvested wood
- wood harvested in violation of traditional and civil rights
- wood harvested in forests in which High Conservation Values are threatened by management activities (HCVs are areas particularly worth of protection)
- wood harvested in forests being converted to plantations or non-forest use
- wood from forests in which genetically modified trees are planted.
The controlled materials can be verified either by the manufacturer according to the 'company' standard for Controlled Wood (FSC-STD-40-005) or through Controlled Wood Forest Management certification, according to the standard FSC-STD-30-010.
Birch plywood products from numerous Russian manufactures have been granted exempt status by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). California Executive Order N-13-172 exempts bitch plywood from third party certification of formaldehyde emissions due to the use of an ultra-low-emitting formaldehyde (ULEF) resin to bond the panels. ULEF exempt status means that plywood panels consistently meet the requirements of CARB Phase 2, which are some of the strictest formaldehyde emission standards in the world
Most of our Russian Birch plywood in 5’x5’ sizes is produced with CARB II Certified glues. Our 4’x8’ panels are produced with Phenolic resin WBP glue containing no added urea formaldehyde (NAUF).
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) enacted legislation in 2007 to reduce formaldehyde emissions in composite wood products. The Air Toxic Control Measure (ATCM) includes hardwood plywood (HWPW), particleboard (PB), and medium density fiberboard (MDF), including thin MDF less than or equal to 8 mm. It also applies to finished goods that contain these products that are offered for sale, that are supplied, used, or manufactured for sale in California.
California Air Resources Board (CARB) exempt (NAF/ULEF) products have no added formaldehyde (NAF) and/or ultra-low emitting formaldehyde (ULEF), and have been exempted from third party certification requirements of CARB ATCM 93120. NAUF products, as defined by the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED standard, may be used for low-emitting materials credit under LEED 2009 for Commercial Interiors and LEED 2009 for New Construction and Major Renovations for projects registered by June 1, 2015. Projects registered to LEED v4 (as of November 20, 2013) will offer LEED credit to IEQ 4.4: Low-emitting Materials for NAF and ULEF CARB compliant panels. LEED v4 does not recognize NAUF
The Construction Product Directive (CPD) was adopted by the European authorities in 1988. The aim of the CPD is to abolish the great number of technical barriers to trade in order to create a single European market for construction products. For the purposes of the CPD, a construction product is defined as “any product which is produced for incorporation in a permanent manner in construction works, including both building and civil engineering works”. Thus, construction products can be for both structural and nonstructural uses.
The CPD requires that all construction products shall bear the CE marking before being placed on the market. CE marking will show that the product complies with all necessary legal requirements and will, in principle, allow the product to be placed on the entire EU construction market. The EU Member States will not be allowed to require any other marks by law. On the other hand, the manufacturer will still have the possibility to put additional quality marks on his product, provided these do not hamper the legibility of the CE marking and do not confuse the user. Exact requirements for the CE marking are defined in harmonised standards. The harmonised standard for wood-based panels for use in construction is EN 13986.
Which CE- marking is important?
CE-2+ Panels for permanent structural applications in buildings, where strenght and gluebonding secure the constructive safety of a building. Which means for example for use in roof-, floor- and rafterconstructions.
CE-4 Panels for permanent structural applications in buildings with no specific demands on strenght features. There are demands to the gluebonding of the veneers. Think of wall cladding and other not-supporting structures.
Non-CE marked panels may be used in buildings in temporary constructions. For example: concrete formwork panels, fences. It can also be used in other applications, such as crates, scaffolding, covers, hoarding, yachtbuilding, shipbuilding, (semi-)trailerbuilding, furniture, etc.
Quality management system of Russian plywood mills meets requirements of ISO 9001 and supported by the Certificate of conformity.