Orientated Strand Board (OSB) continues to be the product of choice for architects and designers keen to bring an edgy, natural look to their projects. Industrial and urban style interiors have been steadily gaining popularity and OSB is a viable structural choice as well as a design option to complement this trend.

OSB is an engineered wood panel, with a natural wood tone and textured appearance. During manufacture, a cross-ply technique is used to enhance the strength and durability of the board, while also giving it the unique layered effect for which OSB is known. OSB can be stained, varnished or painted as desired, making it a perfect choice for interior design.

Already proving popular within the retail and leisure industries, OSB can provide a dramatic focal point such as a partitioning wall or as an interesting interior frame which can be built around. OSB is also suitable for shelving, as a dramatic floor surface and for striking interior panelling or as part of the decor.

An incredibly versatile material, OSB partners well with steel, concrete and other industrial style materials such as copper for a striking contrast. It also excels as part of home interior design, suiting exposed walls, bath tub surrounds and media storage units. Designers wishing to bring an industrial look to a home can rely on OSB to enhance the vintage feel and add a striking touch in-keeping with minimalist interior designs.

As well as offering a brand-led addition to any design space, OSB boasts a number of green credentials, from its sourcing, manufacture and transportation, so not only does OSB look ???????green', it is green.

Attitudes within the design and construction industry are continually shifting in favour of greener solutions, with designers and architects actively searching for environmentally kind materials which OSB can satisfy.

Unlike uncertified plywood, which has the potential to be sourced illegally into the UK construction industry from Latin America and the Far East, OSB sourced and manufactured in the UK and Ireland is from locally managed FSC accredited forests. FSC accreditation means that the wood used in the manufacture of OSB adheres to tough environmental, social and economic guidelines.

Further advantages of OSB include reduced transport miles compared to ply, therefore cost to the environment is reduced. Much of the energy used to make OSB actually comes from the wood residue derived during the process, instead of using fossil fuels, considerably reducing carbon emissions during manufacture.

OSB is a viable choice for designers and architects, encompassing an attractive unique design and boasting a multi-use platform. Strength and durability are reinforced by the environmentally sound credentials and the finished effect of OSB is so appealing it would be a shame to use it purely for its structural integrity.