Weyerhaeuser OSB First to Be Certified By Research Center
Weyerhaeuser has begun distribution of oriented strand board (OSB) products certified through the NAHB Research Center's new third-party OSB product and quality management certification program.
Officially launched at the 2006 International Builders’ Show, the program is designed to satisfy building code and product standards for third-party oversight of OSB manufacturers’ product quality. Under the program, the Research Center licenses its certified-product mark to participating OSB manufacturers who have developed, implemented and maintained a Quality Management System (QMS) based on ISO 9001-2000 standards as verified by periodic quality system audits, as well as product testing by the Research Center’s laboratory.
As the program’s first participating manufacturer, Weyerhaeuser is producing NAHB Research Center Certified OSB product in select mills across the country.
The Research Center is providing third-party quality assurance services for Weyerhaeuser’s Structurwood mills in Sutton, W.Va.; Grayling, Mich.; Elkin, N.C.; and Arcadia, La.
Through periodic auditing, inspection and testing, the Research Center’s IAS-accredited laboratory verifies that these mills produce product that is compliant with Voluntary Product Standard PS2-04 Performance Standard for Wood-Based Structural-Use Panels and meets the requirements of HUD UM40c.
“When builders see our certified mark, they recognize and trust our name, and are confident they’re making a product selection that meets or exceeds the prescribed industry standard,” said Michael Luzier, president of the Research Center.
Manufacturers seeking OSB certification must participate in formal QMS auditing to ISO 9001-2000 standard as well as product testing to ensure the product meets or exceeds recognized industry standards and applicable customer requirements. Continuous improvement is essential to improving customer satisfaction and a key component of all Research Center certification programs.
The Research Center is a recognized and trusted name in product testing and certification, with more than 40 years of specialized experience and an unrivaled depth of understanding of the home building industry. It does not provide product endorsements or a guarantee of a product’s performance.
To find out more about the certification process, OSB manufacturers can click here; or e-mail Bob Hill, the center’s director of laboratory and certification programs, or call him at 800-638-8556 x6244.