Why choose Finnish
Chain of Custody
- All sheet material and machined panels sold by Whittle Flooring Company Limited are certified under the Programme for the Endorsement of Certification schemes (PEFC) registration number BMT-PEFC-1510
Carbon Neutral -
In fact because of the Carbon sink effect of the
forests, wood from sustainable forests can actually be
better than carbon neutral. Trees absorb one tonne
Carbon Dioxide for every cubic metre of growth as well
as producing 750kg
of Oxygen. The Carbon Dioxide is then
locked into the timber for the life of the plywood.
the maximum benefit from Carbon Dioxide locked into the
timber it is essential that the wood is durable. Betula Pendula
as a hardwood has some natural
durability. The longer the plywood stays in use, the better
the Carbon sink effect
Embodied energy -
Wood has the lowest embodied energy of any mainstream
building material; Glass requires 6 times the amount
of energy to produce than wood, Steel 24 times and
Aluminium 125 times. In Finland this is further enhanced by
harvesting Biomass energy from the by-products to
power the production processes.
Thermal insulation -
Timber has the best thermal insulation properties of
any mainstream building material, for example it is
350 times better than Steel
Stable supply -
Finnish forests have annual quotas for felling and
replanting trees, the ratio of which is controlled by regulatory
authorities. This ensures a consistent long term supply
whilst preserving the environment.
Plywood and the wood waste from production processes has many
recyclable uses, with the latest landfill directives
creating even greater demand for alternative uses.
Recoverable Energy -
One of the emerging markets for timber waste is the
biomass sector. Timber waste can be used as a biomass
fuel and is used, alongside other fuels, at power
stations such as Drax to reduce the Carbon emissions.
Smaller combined heat and power units are powered by
wood pellets made from compressed wood waste. Recovering
the energy from wood products at the end of their life,
as a substitute for fossil fuels, increases the Carbon
Dioxide benefits of using timber. Burning wood releases
the same amount of Carbon Dioxide into the air as wood
decomposing on the forest floor.
Low emissions -
Finnish Birch plywood surpasses even the most stringent
Formaldehyde emission test with less than 0.05 particles
per million, thus minimizing the risk to the health and
safety of production staff using this material. Finnish
Birch plywood is certified Emissions
Class E1 (EN 717-2)
Release Class A (EN 1084)
The long term goal
is remove the risk of Formaldehyde emissions altogether.
All Finnish Birch plywood is constructed from
1.4mm veneers cross-bonded using phenolic resin adhesive
giving a weather resistant gluing according to EN 314-2:1993
(Plywood - Bonding) Class 3
exterior (known formerly as
WBP). This ensures an overall plywood specification under EN636: 2003 Class 3
: Suitable for unprotected exterior use or exposure to frequent wetting.
Strength values -
As Finnish Birch plywood is cross banded during
construction, strength values in both directions are very
similar. We can provide any strength value or test data if requested.
plywood edges machined by Whittle Flooring Company
Limited are sealed using two coats of preservative and a
further two coats of Acrylic paint.
Uniquely to Whittle Flooring Company Limited all plywood
supplied by us has a fungicide added to the phenolic
resin during the construction of the plywood giving
greater protection as standard. Other post production
treatments we offer are:
- Fire Retardant treatment
- High Durability treatment with anti-termitic values
We can also offer other
sheet material such as MDF, Hardboard and high pressure