UK manufactured West Fraser SterlingOSB Zero T&G ensures reliability

SterlingOSB Zero T&G, from timber panel specialist, West Fraser (Trading as Norbord), presents specifiers with precision-engineered tongue and groove boards which are typically used for pitched or flat roof decking and timber frame construction, as well as for flooring and other applications.

With the product now being one of the most widely used of its type in the UK, because it performs so well in our varied climate, it is perhaps stability as well as overall value which commends it to so many customers. Unlike traditional wooden boards, SterlingOSB Zero’s make-up ensures that no voids or knots are present meaning that it will not de-laminate. This inherent strength makes it far safer for tradesmen working at height laying flooring or decking.

Additionally, being precision-cut means less waste on site and the associated costs of disposal to landfill. Another eco-friendly factor is that the timber used in the production process is grown in the UK – reducing transportation and embodied energy, as well as guaranteeing a more secure supply in an increasingly unreliable global market.

From an environmental viewpoint, the ‘Zero’ in the name means no formaldehyde is added during its manufacture, which is a first in the UK – encouraging its specification on improved health and safety grounds. Potentially highly toxic, formaldehyde can be absorbed into the lungs, causing respiratory distress or nausea.

West Fraser delivers a net carbon benefit in all the products produced in the UK, locking up more CO2e in the products (and lifetime of use) that is emitted in the manufacture of them. That accounts for everything from forest to customer, including harvesting, production, sales and logistics. To find out more about West Fraser’s carbon negative status visit

Available in thicknesses of 18 and 22mm, the 2400mm length boards come in widths of 625 and 1200mm. They are strong enough to meet most load-bearing applications, are BBA Approved and recognized by NHBC Technical and Zurich Municipal standards for housing applications. SterlingOSB Zero T&G also bears the coveted UKTFA Q-mark, a quality certification which provides a benchmark for manufacturers, and offers confidence to designers and end-users across the UK.

To find out more about West Fraser’s products for housebuilders, get in touch with Dan Clarke – email Daniel.Clarke(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign) or download product brochures from the housebuilder page of the West Fraser website

For further information, call 01786 812 921 or visit