There are some important plywood standards in Europe. It is also regarded as British standard for plywood.
Below are the three most important BS EN standards that a plywood company should know about.
- EN 13986:2004+A1:2015
- EN 636: 2012 Plywood – Specification.
- EN 314-2: Plywood – Bond Quality – Requirements
EN 314-2: Plywood – Bond Quality – Requirements
EN 314-2: 1993 (confirmed in 2013) specifies the requirements for bonding classes of veneer plywood according to their end uses.
It includes three classes of bond quality.
EN 314-2 is widely seen in the test report of the plywood. It is the most important part of any lab test report for plywood.
|BondClass 1||Dry conditions – interior applications where there is no wetting risk.|
|Bond Class 2||Humid conditions – such as protected exterior conditions such as cladding plywood or under roof plywood.|
|Bond Class 3||Unprotected exterior conditions – average moisture content of most plywood under this weather will exceed 20%.|
EN 636: 2012 Plywood – Specification
EN 636:2012+A1:2015 gives the requirements for plywood for non-structural and structural uses in dry, humid, and exterior conditions.
EN636 takes into account the quality of the bond(EN314-2) and the durability of the timber species used.
|Use||EN||Usage Class||End Use|
|Plywood for use in dry conditions||EN636-1||Class 1 – for normal interior climates.||Warm Roof, timber frame, partition walls|
|Plywood for use in humid conditions||EN636-2||Class 2 – for protected exterior applications, also suitable for dry conditions||Cold roof, ground floors|
|Plywood for use in exterior conditions||EN636-3||Class 3 – for long time exposure to weather||Fully exposed|
EN 13986 is the European standard for wood-based panels. It defines the performance characteristic and test methods for Plywood, OSB and Laminated Veneer Lumber.
Panels marked within the European Economic Area for construction applications shall be marked according to EN 13986 plus.
EN 13986 is essential for plywood marking.
The number of this standard (EN 636) and the conditions of use:
- EN 636-1 dry conditions
- EN 636-2 humid conditions
- EN 636-3 exterior conditions
The letter corresponding to the panels intended application:
- “S” for structural
- “NS” for general purpose (non-structural)