Engineered wood, also referred to as composite wood, man-made wood, or manufactured board; includes a range of derivative wood products which are manufactured by binding the strands, particles, fibers, or veneers of wood, together with adhesives, to form composite materials. These products are engineered to precise design specifications, which are tested to meet national or international standards. Engineered wood products are used in a variety of applications, from home construction to commercial buildings to industrial products.
The products are very stable and offer greater structural strength than natural wood building materials. They can be used for joists and beams that replace steel in many building projects. Engineered wood products are stronger than solid wood products of the same dimension and offer greater efficiency of the natural resource by allowing the use of smaller or lower-quality pieces, while permitting both longer and/or stronger spans. Typically, engineered wood products are made from the same hardwoods and softwoods used to manufacture lumber.