Wood-based sheet materials

Wood-based sheet materials

Date Published

5 September 2022

Document Type




Sheet materials are manufactured from solid timber and/or from recycled timber with the addition of an adhesive. The most commonly used sheet materials are plywood, oriented strand board (OSB) particleboard (chipboard) and fibreboard (MDF – medium density fibreboard).

These materials are widely used in construction, with different grades for different uses. Using the right product for the job is essential. This information sheet describes the most commonly used sheet materials and some of their applications.

Key Information

Building Regulations require all timber sheet materials specified for use in construction to be fit for their intended use, and suitable for the conditions in which they will be used.

The different types of wood based sheet materials must follow different standards, conditions of use and applications.

Case studies

Wintringham Primary Academy is a three-form entry primary school that uses cross laminated timber to create an inspiring learning environment, built to impressive sustainability standards.

The new store at Cheshire Oaks, the third ‘sustainable learning store’ to be built, is also the second largest M&S store in the country and is the company’s flagship for sustainability, carbon efficiency, biodiversity and material innovation, with the use of
timber, both for construction and for fuel, as a central concept of the design.