ECOBUILD PREVIEW: COILLTE PANEL PRODUCTS
Coillte Panel Products with its SmartPly OSB, Medite MDF and Medite Tricoya products will be showcasing not only its transparent position on sustainability at Ecobuild 2013, but also some key innovations in wood panel products. With such a strong environmental stance and product innovation, SmartPly, Medite and Medite Tricoya mark a step-change in the wood panels industry.
With very transparent and compelling environmental credentials Medite and SmartPly panels are manufactured from timber that is grown and harvested locally in a legal and responsible way, supported by full FSC certification. Meanwhile due diligence throughout the production and handling process means the mills carry independently audited chain of custody accreditation too.
Medite is providing specifiers and product designers with an exciting material in its new product, Medite Tricoya. This can be used both internally and externally for a far-reaching range of applications. With all the properties of environmentally sound MDF, Medite Tricoya is also extremely durable, underpinned by BRE coordinated test results to EN350-2 of 1 (the equivalent of oak) that supports its 50-year guarantee. Because it is not affected by water absorption, the opportunities for specifying Medite Tricoya are far-reaching.
Peter Clifton, Medite Tricoya Product Manager explains: “Product designers, architects and specifiers are already blending the environmental benefits of Medite Tricoya with its superb performance characteristics to create rainscreen systems, cladding, mouldings, soffits and bespoke exterior designs.”
Visitors to the stand can experience not only the remarkable properties of Medite Tricoya, but also the full range of Medite MDF products. Recognising that environmental performance goes far beyond carbon emissions, all Medite MDF products meet CARB2 requirements for formaldehyde emissions too – exceeding EU stipulations and helping to uphold rigorous health and safety. In fact, Medite Ecologique has zero added formaldehyde so it is ideal for heritage sector projects and those where environmental performance is at the forefront of the specification agenda.
Malcolm Cowley, Medite Product Manager says: “MDF is so ubiquitous in everyday life. Yet for those specifying and working with MDF it is good to know there is a range of boards to suit different requirements.”
SmartPly OSB is the reassuring alternative to plywood for any building application with an environmental rationale. It is also a cost effective option in meeting the needs of structural applications. The full range now features SmartPly’s new ToughPly panel too. This is a double-sided OSB3 board ideal for a wide range of general building applications such as roofing, sheathing and boarding. Because it has a double-sided finish the board is easy to paint, requiring no surface finish and therefore saving time onsite. With zero added formaldehyde in all SmartPly OSB3 panels, it really is the reassuring choice for environmental projects.
George Watson, SmartPly Product Manager says: “Where the building regulations require a structural panel, specifiers and installers need to be careful. SmartPly OSB3 is the smart choice because it is fully tested to meet structural performance standards and carries the documentation to prove this. While the market is continuously flooded with cheap tropical plywood options it is important to be aware of what is being specified or ordered, the right documentation is paramount.”
“This is an exciting year,” attests Andrew Macdonald, Director, Sales and Marketing for Coillte Panel Products, “New legislation on timber procurement means everyone involved in specifying, installing or selling wood products has no choice but to look very closely at where they are sourcing materials, particularly if these are first placed on the European market from countries outside of the EU. By specifying and procuring products that have been manufactured from timber grown in Ireland and which carry all the relevant documentation to prove their provenance and due diligence processes, there is no risk of non-compliance.”