Panel Guide

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PanelGuide V4 gives information on the properties, applications and end uses of all the main types of wood-based panel:

  • medium density fibreboard (MDF)
  • fibreboard (hardboard, mediumboard, softboard)
  • oriented strand board (OSB)
  • particleboard (chipboard, flaxboard, cement-bonded particleboard)
  • plywood (including blockboard and laminboard).

This interactive PDF is aimed at construction professionals (specifiers, designers, building engineers, architects), panel manufacturers, distributors and users. It provides guidance on current legislation and the design/decision-making process involved in selecting a panel for a specific end use.


  • Introduction
  • Panels for use in construction
  • Panels for non-construction use
  • Storage, handling, cutting, fixing and finishing
  • Environmental aspects
  • Health and safety
  • Annex 1 - Glossary of terms
  • Annex 2 - Types of wood-based panel
  • Annex 3 - Code of practice for particleboard and OSB floating floors (WPIF Industry Standard)
  • Annex 4 - Acknowledgements

Panel Guide is a collaborative publication with technical input from TRADA, The Wood Panel Industries Federation and the Timber Trade Federation.

Suggested Reading

List of Wood Information Sheetsnavigation-arrow

This document contains a fully comprehensive list of all the most up to date Wood Information Sheets (WIS) published by TRADA. Available to members for free or non-members for £12.00, these Wood Information Sheets provide technical guidance related to almost every timber topic under the sun.



  • Timber -...

17/07/2017 |  Wood Information Sheet  

List of British Standards June 2016navigation-arrow

A list of British Standards which relate directly to timber, updated bimonthly.

06/06/2016 |  British Standards List  

List of British Standards June 2017navigation-arrow

A list of British Standards which relate directly to timber, updated bimonthly.

26/06/2017 |  British Standards List