Architectureanddesign – Sustainability is a major driver in the architecture and design industry with stakeholders focussed on ensuring a low environmental footprint for their projects. The global ‘Architects Declare’ movement has resulted in a massive shift towards designing buildings and choosing materials that are sustainable, have a low carbon footprint, and are better for the environment.

The good news is that the industry has the flexibility today to choose from a wider range of sustainable building materials. When it comes to timber, the sustainability tag doesn’t mean paying more or compromising on quality and style. Maxiply plywood products, for instance, reduce your environmental footprint without limiting your design capabilities or impacting your budget.

Read on to discover why the sustainable Maxiply plywood should be your go-to timber product when specifying for your project.

FSC certified timber panels

If you are looking for sustainable timber for your project, ask for products made from FSC certified wood. The global forest certification programme of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is the most respected and credible certification system available today, providing manufacturers and consumers guaranteed assurance that the timber has been sourced from a responsibly managed plantation.

To achieve FSC certification, the organisation has to get their processes and practices assessed by an independent certification body to ensure they meet all the specified social and environmental requirements. All of Maxiply’s plywood products are FSC certified, giving you and your clients peace of mind that you are making a better choice for the environment.

Non-toxic oil for pre-finishing coat

Coatings typically used on timber products can contain toxins and chemicals that are harmful to your health and the environment. Look for timber products with natural coatings. Maxiply’s prefinished timber products are coated with a hard-wax oil system made from natural and plant-based materials, offering a safer and more sustainable option compared to oils with a high concentration of chemicals.

Maxiply’s hard-wax coating not only provides an attractive and long-lasting finish but also offers superior coverage.

Low formaldehyde emissions

Pressed wood products such as plywood typically contain a chemical called formaldehyde, used during manufacturing as an adhesive or to provide the structure and moisture protection required in exterior grades of wood. Formaldehyde emissions are at their highest immediately after manufacture, before they dissipate steadily and rapidly over a period of days or weeks.

In Australia, there are two voluntary standards categorising the levels of formaldehyde. Maxiply’s plywood panels are classified as ‘low-formaldehyde emission’ products, as they meet the test criteria levels of less than 1 ppm formaldehyde. Learn more about formaldehyde in this article.

Maxiply’s sustainable plywood adds to the appeal

Architects, designers and builders looking for a timber product with sustainable features for their next project can confidently specify Maxiply’s FSC certified plywood panels that tick all the boxes for sustainability.

Maxiply plywood is manufactured using timber sourced from responsibly managed forests, is finished with a natural hard-wax coating, and has low formaldehyde emissions, ensuring multiple benefits without compromising on quality, durability or style.

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