At last month's Ecobuild (March 2012) the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) and the UKTI (UK Trade & Investment) again turned to Coillte Panel Products to supply FSC certified panel products Medite MDF and SmartPly OSB in order to create their largest presence ever at Ecobuild. As the number one source of ‘green' information, events and activities for the built environment, UK-GBC uniquely brings together those involved in the planning, design, construction, maintenance and operation of buildings, along with NGOs, academic institutions and government agencies.

Ecobuild is the world's biggest event for sustainable design, construction and the built environment and the UK's largest construction event. The stand-out feature of the UK- GBC's presence was their ‘Big Tent'. Created using SmartPly OSB, sessions held in the Big Tent highlighted what is current and new in the sustainable built environment, and was the only seminar area on the Ecobuild exhibition floor.

The stand itself has been reused, added to and built upon six times, making it highly sustainable and a must-see feature of Ecobuildand cost effective alternative to non FSC material. The criteria for stand materials and the Big Tent theatre is simple; they must be as sustainable as possible. Coillte Panel Product's leading MDF brand Medite provided UK-GBC's stand builders Dacapo with Medite Ecologique MDF which has zero added formaldehyde and is FSC certified. SmartPly OSB 3 was also supplied; a hardworking sustainable and structural wood-based panel product which is also FSC certified and has zero added formaldehyde. Used extensively by the UKTI for exhibition counter units, benches, signage construction, and to create a meeting space which featured branding for the campaign lead by the message “Green is Great Britain”, SmartPly OSB is also being increasingly specified and used with its raw surface exposed, offering a more rugged, natural design solution.

The UK-GBC and the UKTI credited their use of Medite Ecologique MDF and SmartPly OSB on ‘product information towers', and through the stand designers discussions with visitors throughout the duration of the show on the specification and use of the selected materials. With their own stand at Ecobuild, Coillte Panel Products featured the innovation and sustainability which is at the heart of Coillte Panel Product's development and showcased its full range of wood-based panel products, from Medite Ecologique and Ultralite, to pre-coated site hoarding and security product SmartPly SiteProtect. An aquarium built into the exhibition stand contained fish shapes created out of new Extreme Durable MDF Medite Tricoya, demonstrating in real time its durability and dimensional stability, even in water. Branding across the stand highlighted the company's long-term FSC credentials, its unique security of supply as Coillte owns the FSC certified forests and trees used to make their products, and that CARB2, one of the most stringent airborne toxic control regulations, is provided as standard across all their products.