materialPREIS 2018 for esb PLUS
The esb PLUS wooden composite board was awarded the 2018 materialPREIS at a ceremony on 5 June. The innovative board made of spruce wood chips took third place in the ecology category, thereby prevailing over all other wood-based materials. The first two places in this category went to textile materials.
The renowned “Award for special materials” is awarded to manufacturers and users in alternating years. The awarding body is the company raumPROBE, which runs the largest material exhibition and database of its kind with over 50,000 materials.
esb PLUS won over the jury because it combines outstanding emission levels with technical benefits and a wide application range. The medium-sized elka Holzwerke, based in Hunsrück, predominantly uses spruce wood chips from its own sawmills for esb PLUS. “This is the only way we can guarantee that there is no scrap wood or resin-rich timbers in the boards,” says Managing Director, Gerd Michael Lersch. The spruces originate from sustainable forestry with the PEFC and/or FSC quality seal. A special process guarantees less than 0.03 ppm formaldehyde emission by the board. Recycling-friendly MUF bonding also contributes to the sustainability.
The practically odourless and very stable wooden composite board is suitable for nearly all application fields in modern timber construction. For the walls there are new 15 mm wall panels in the form of a time-saving, stable 3-layer composite available from esb PLUS dealers. The boards can be used with a special wall construction without foil. esb PLUS boards are almost completely vapour-permeable and can be used indoors and outdoors, also as a tongue and groove under-ceiling board. Furthermore, the green spruce chippings give an attractive, light coloured surface, which is always sanded by elka before delivery.
This is not the first time that elka Holzwerke has been certified for the ecological qualities of esb PLUS. For instance, the board was one of the first wood-based materials to meet the stringent “Blue Angel” criteria. In 2017 it was given the ICONIC AWARD. It is also listed in the SENTINEL building directory and approved for the RAL-certified prefabricated housing industry. esb PLUS already meets the requirements of the new Model Administrative Provisions – Technical Building Rules (MVV TB), which will be implemented in applicable building law at federal level by the end of 2018.