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Oriented structural straw board

OSSB is identifiable by its characteristic golden colored straw strands

Oriented structural straw board (OSSB) is an engineered board that is made by splitting straw and formed by adding formaldehyde-free adhesives and then hot compressing layers of straw in specific orientations. Research and development for OSSB panels began in the mid 1980s and was spearheaded by The Alberta Research Council, Canada (today AITF)[1] who identified the straw strand manufacturing technology using formaldehyde-free (p-MDI) adhesives.


  • Uses 1
  • Manufacturing 2
  • Production 3
  • Properties 4
  • Types 5
  • References 6


OSSB used as furniture and interior decoration

OSSB can replace wood oriented strand board (OSB) and particle board in structural and non-structural applications, such as interior and exterior walls for house construction, furniture and interior decoration.[2] [3] OSSB panels are formaldehyde-free, they are also used for applications where air quality is a concern, such as kindergartens, hospitals, bedrooms, and hotels.


Wheat Stalk
OSSB Production facility in Yangling, China

OSSB panel manufacturing starts with careful selection of straw fibres, which are then cut, cleaned, split and dried. Formaldehyde free resin is added to the straw and the fibres are oriented for strength and appearance, and shaped into a mat through directional mat forming. The mat is then pressed between heated belts, water is vaporized, transferring heat into the straw. The heat cures the adhesive and causes a series of physical and chemical changes to the pressurized raw materials, which harden the final product.


The only legal producer of OSSB on a commercial scale is Novofibre Panel Board Holding China, Ltd., located in Yangling, Shaanxi province in China. Currently, their factory has a 60,000 cubic metre yearly capacity.


OSSB panels have high structural strength, load bearing and stability in both directions, as well as superior workability and excellent nail holding properties on all sides. Water permeability treated OSSB panels are more water resistant than treated traditional wood panel boards because they have no internal gaps or voids. OSSB panels are also highly earthquake resistant.[4] The resin used to manufacture OSSB is p-MDI, which does not emit

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  1. OSSB1 - General purpose boards for construction and interior decoration.
  2. OSSB 3 - Load-bearing boards for use in construction with high strength stability needs.
  3. OSSB DECO–multipurpose boards with a unique elegant texture, which is especially suitable for decoration.
  4. OSSB panels can be produced in a range of finished products for acoustic, floor or home applications keeping the natural straw surface appearance.

OSSB boards are available in thicknesses varying from 3 – 30mm in different densities. Novofibre Panel Board Holding China, Ltd., manufactures 3 standard products:


[6] compounds, which are toxic to termites, beetles, molds, and fungi, but not to mammals in applied doses.borate The raw material can be treated by various [5]

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