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The great walls of SterlingOSB Zero
16 April 2021

When it comes to building great walls, many materials can be considered depending on the building or structure. A firm favourite in the housebuilding industry has always been SterlingOSB Zero as the product’s prowess in the world’s timber frame market testifies.

It’s flexible, light and cost-effective so designers and architects can design as many and as varied shapes and spaces in walls and partitions as their hearts’ desire. With super sustainability credentials, West Fraser’s SterlingOSB Zero is a winner. You’ll see it on many construction sites, agricultural and portable buildings, cafes, shopfitting designs and even cafes and hair salons. It’s a beautiful, trendy panel which is easy to saw, drill, nail, plane or file; and perfect in dry and humid conditions too.  You can add logos and colour too!!!

The fact that West Fraser’s SterlingOSB Zero is stronger and tougher than ply, with no knots, voids or delamination to cause problems, means that it is used widely in wall sheathing, partitioning and Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs). The high-quality boards are available in a range of grades, sheet sizes and thicknesses. Minimal finishing is required, helping to speed up construction. The boards are square-edged, so butt together easily and cleanly; nails can be driven as close as 8mm from the panel edge without causing splitting.

When incorporated as sheathing in external stud walls, SterlingOSB Zero often forms the centre of a sandwich with a vapour barrier and outer cladding on one side and internal insulation and dry lining plasterboard on the other. Internal partitioning is even simpler to construct.

In dry lining applications, SterlingOSB Zero StrongFix provides another option for easy installation. This board product is precision engineered with a custom groove for metal C-studs at 600mm centres. The consistent density of OSB means fixtures and fittings of up to 400kg can be attached anywhere on the panel and achieve secure anchorage.

As many contractors look to decarbonise their businesses, SterlingOSB Zero provides effective solutions. Timber is highly energy efficient as a building material and can deliver low energy fabric designs, with excellent levels of thermal engineering, utilising low U-values, air-tightness and thermal bridging. West Fraser’s SterlingOSB Zero has good environmental credentials. All the panels are made in the UK, so their carbon footprint is low. It is also the first OSB product to be made in the UK with zero added formaldehyde, so it is a ‘greener’ board that meets all standards with ease.

SIPs are now the main component of many sustainable buildings. These panels incorporate a highly thermally efficient insulating foam core sandwiched between two structural facings of SterlingOSB Zero. This high-performance building system is manufactured under factory-controlled conditions and may be fabricated to fit nearly any building design. Building with SIPs saves time and improves build quality. The system is extremely strong, energy efficient and cost effective.

West Fraser offers product and technical support on the SterlingOSB Zero range through dedicated advice teams.

To find out more about West Fraser’s products for housebuilders, get in touch with Daniel Clarke – email daniel.clarke@norbord.net or go to our housebuilder page for a wealth of product information.  You can even order free samples of SterlingOSB Zero, CaberDek and our other panels.

For further information, call 01786 812 921 or visit Uk.westfraser.com.

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