West Fraser plywood products are tested and quality assured by TECO, an independent third-party certification agency for building products.
West Fraser's plywood is derived from managed sustainable forests, and essentially all of the wood entering our facilities is utilized within our manufacturing process. Virtually nothing is wasted in our process. The wood fibre entering our operations is the raw material for making veneer, or by-products, such as 2x4 lumber, landscaping ties or chips for pulp and paper. Plywood manufacturing, because it's a value-added process, employs four times as many people compared to the manufacturing of substitute wood-based panels using the same volume of logs.
Plywood is an environmentally-preferable building material because it's manufactured using phenolic resin. Testing of phenolic resin demonstrates the material has virtually no detectable formaldehyde emissions. West Fraser plywood qualifies for the most stringent indoor air quality classification levels that have been established. It includes JAS F****, DIN E1, and EN Release Class A. West Fraser plywood also qualifies for the "No Added Urea Formaldehyde" credit in the LEED building rating system.
Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a performance-based approach to assessing the impacts building material choices have on the environment. Access cradle-to-grave life cycle analysis for Canadian-produced plywood from the Athena Sustainable Materials Institute.
Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for SPF softwood plywood from the American Wood Council (AWC) and the Canadian Wood Council (CWC). EPDs are concise, standardized, independently verified reports on environmental performance. This EPD has been developed in compliance with ISO 14025 and ISO 21930, verified under UL Environment’s EPD program.
All Canadian woodlands are certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) standard, an internationally recognized sustainable forest management standard.
In 2006, West Fraser introduced the PEFC Chain of Custody. It assures customers that the fibre in the supply chain comes from sources that comply with applicable laws, regulations and sustainable resource standards. The standard also demonstrates avoidance of sourcing fibre from controversial sources. More information about West Fraser's certifications is available here.