Material Collection

Composite Wood Products

While you might think of wood as a natural and healthy material, composite wood products often have formaldehyde added to their glues and resins for binding their particles together. Not only is formaldehyde a human carcinogen, but it's also a VOC, meaning it's more likely to offgas into the indoor environment.

The composite wood products in this collection all comply with the California Air Resource Board (CARB) standard for No Added Formaldehyde (NAF), and have been evaluated to make sure they are not regrettably substituting formaldehyde for a resin containing other hazardous substances, such as MDI, isocyanates, or polyurethane.

Composite Wood Products

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The goal of our collections is to help promote transparency in the material ingredients of building products by fostering knowledge and awareness of products and materials for which life-cycle information is available, and that have environmentally, economically, and socially preferable life-cycle impacts.

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Ingredient Disclosures

There are several ways of evaluating a material’s health that we include with product information. Disclosures are reports by manufacturers about product ingredients, impacts, or other attributes.

Key Disclosures include:
Health Product Declaration (HPD)

A voluntary technical specification for reporting information on product contents and associated health information, intended to be the health-analogue to Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs).

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  1. Where does a product come from?
  2. What is it made of?
  3. Where does it go at the end of its life?

Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)

A standardized format for communicating the environmental effects associated with a product’s raw materials extraction, energy use, chemical makeup, waste generation, and emissions to air, soil, and water.

Safety Data Sheet (SDS)

A reporting format that provides basic information about a material’s chemical ingredients, the potential safety hazards to installers, and recommended practices for installation.

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PureBond Hardwood Plywood

A Healthier Affordable Building Product
Available At the Donghia Materials Library

PureBond hardwood plywood is manufactured exclusively by Columbia Forest Products, America's leading manufacturer of a decorative, interior hardwood plywood. It is Formaldehyde-free, made in North America and soy-based.


Category
Wood, Plywood
Manufacturer
Columbia Forest Products
Product Website

Material composition *

Wood Dust 95.65%, Other components below the reportable levels, (the specific chemical identity and/or percentage of composition has been held withheld as a trade secret)  <1%

*As reported by manufacturer and product SDS

AVAILABLE SIZING

2’x 4’, 2’x 8’, 4’x 8’, 4’x 10’ Panels - available in standard thickness

COLORS

Variety of wood species

COUNTRY OF MANUFACTURE

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RAW MATERIALS ORIGIN

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CERTIFICATIONS & DISCLOSURES
Health Product Declaration (HPD)
Declare Label
Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)
Safety Data Sheet (SDS) icon-pdf Created with Sketch.
FSC Certification
Rainforest Alliance Certification
Last Updated

September 26, 2016

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PureBond Classic Core® Plywood

A Healthier Affordable Building Product
Available At the Donghia Materials Library

Classic Core® is a combination core panel construction where cross bands of thin MDF are utilized in place of veneer cross bands. 

Classic Core® can be manufactured with bonded crossbands which do not contain added formaldehyde. PureBond Classic Core® may contribute to LEED® 2009 credit IEQ 4.4 and conforms to CARB II exempt emission requirements called for in LEED V4.


Category
Wood, Plywood
Manufacturer
Columbia Forest Products
Product Website

Material composition *

Wood Dust 98%, Polymerized Methylenediphenyl-Diisocyanate <10%

*As reported by manufacturer and product SDS

AVAILABLE SIZING

4’x 8’, 4’x 10’ Panels - 1/2”, 5/8”, 3/4”, 1” and 1-1/4” thickness

COLORS

Variety of wood species

COUNTRY OF MANUFACTURE

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RAW MATERIALS ORIGIN

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CERTIFICATIONS & DISCLOSURES
Health Product Declaration (HPD)
Declare Label
Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)
Safety Data Sheet (SDS) icon-pdf Created with Sketch.
FSC Certification
Rainforest Alliance Certification
Last Updated

September 26, 2016

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Viroc

Available At the Donghia Materials Library

Viroc is a composite material, composed by a compressed and dry mixture of pine wood particles and cement.


Category
Wood, Cement Board
Manufacturer
Investwood
Product Website

Material composition *

Portland Cement, Pine wood shavings, Sodium Silicate, Aluminum Sulphate, Water

*As reported by manufacturer and SDS

AVAILABLE SIZING

2600 x 1250 mm / 3000 x 1250 mm, thickness range 8mm-32mm

COLORS

Yellow, Red, Black, Blue, White, Ocher, Grey, in both sanded and un-sanded

COUNTRY OF MANUFACTURE

CERTIFICATIONS & DISCLOSURES
Health Product Declaration (HPD)
Declare Label
Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)
Safety Data Sheet (SDS) icon-pdf Created with Sketch.
Last Updated

February 27, 2018

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Nordic Lam Glued-Laminated Timber (GLULAM)

Available At the Donghia Materials Library

Glulam is composed of small wood laminations bonded together in parallel using structural adhesives.


Category
Wood, Beams and Joists
Manufacturer
Nordic
Product Website

Material composition *

Main Component: Black Spruce 

Adhesive: Polyurethane 

* As reported by Declare

AVAILABLE SIZING

Widths from 38 to 327 mm (1-1/2 to 12-7/8 in.), Depth up to 2.4 m (8 ft, and ) Lengths up to 24.4 m (80 ft)

COUNTRY OF MANUFACTURE

The composite wood products in this collection all comply with the California Air Resource Board (CARB) standard for No Added Formaldehyde (NAF), and have been evaluated to make sure they are not regrettably substituting formaldehyde for a resin containing other hazardous substances, such as MDI, isocyanates, or polyurethane.

*Note that beginning June 1st, 2018, all composite wood products that are manufactured, sold, or supplied in the United States must be CARB 2.0 or EPA TSCA Title VI Compliant. Beginning on March 22, 2019, all composite wood products will need to be EPA TSCA Title VI Compliant.

Spec Guidance

Before you're start looking for composite-wood products, consider is solid wood an option?  Solid wood products omit the need for resins or binders altogether, avoiding concerns for formaldehyde or regrettable substitutions.

Prefer composite wood products that meet the NAF Standard for No Added Formaldehyde, which is currently the highest federal standard regulating formaldehyde.

Among NAF composite wood products, prefer ones that use Soy-Based Binders rather than methylene diisocyanate (MDI) resins, as MDI is a regrettable substitution that can still be hazardous to workers (HomeFree). 

Products with the Ultra-Low Emitting Formaldehyde (ULEF) label may still have some amount of formaldehyde added, so they're not quite as high as NAF standards, but still better than standard formaldehyde-based resins.

Similarly, No Added Urea Formaldehyde (NAUF) only regulates against urea formaldehyde (UF) and not phenol formaldehyde (PF) or melamine formaldehyde (MF), so it's not as strict as NAF, but still better than nothing (HomeFree).

Updated May 17, 2017
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