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Apr 2023

Desert Board: A Revolutionary Step Towards Sustainable Living

Desert Board

Wood is a popular choice for construction and design projects due to its strength, durability, and versatility. However, the environmental impact of using traditional wood boards has become a concern in recent years. This has prompted a need for more sustainable alternatives to ensure a greener future.

To achieve sustainable development, it is crucial to properly manage natural resources such as water, soil, energy, and trees. By adopting sustainable manufacturing practices, we can mitigate the negative impacts of traditional wood boards and contribute to a healthier planet.

Imagine a building material that is strong, durable, versatile, and eco-friendly. A material that can be used for roofs, walls, floors, and furniture. A material that is made from renewable resources and reduces waste and carbon emissions.

Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, it’s not. Here comes Desert Board, the revolutionary product that is transforming the construction and design industry. In this article, we explore what Desert Board is, its applications and advantages, and the best storage and handling practices.

What is Desert Board?

Desert Board, also called Palm Strand Board (PSB), is an innovative type of Oriented Strand Board (OSB) produced by Al Talah Board Manufacturing Company Ltd. This company is based in KIZAD, Abu Dhabi, and makes Desert Board as a sustainable alternative to traditional wood boards.

Desert Board is a kind of structural wood panel made by compressing and gluing pieces of palm fronds together. The OSB panels consist of three bonded layers of long wood strands arranged at right angles to each other, providing panels with excellent elasticity and bending resistance values. These panels are produced with the best quality glue, complying with the requirements of EN standards.

Types of Desert Boards & Their Applications

Desert Board produces four types of engineered wooden boards from palm waste. They are:

  1. PSB Structural

    This is a high-performance board that is ideal for use in structural applications such as roofing, flooring, wall sheathing, and load-bearing panels. It has high strength, stiffness, and durability, and can withstand harsh weather conditions.

  2. PSB Design

    This decorative board can be used for interior design applications such as furniture, wall panels, doors, and cabinets. It has a smooth surface, a natural wood texture, and can be painted or laminated.


    This board is a perfect fit for thermal and acoustic insulation applications such as ceilings, partitions, and cladding. It has low thermal conductivity, high sound absorption, and fire resistance.

  4. PSB Plex

    This versatile board has a lightweight, flexible, and easy-to-cut structure which makes it suitable for various applications in packaging, pallets, signage, and exhibition industries.

A Comparison with Traditional Wood Boards

Traditional wood boards are commonly used for furniture, wall paneling, headboards, and other applications that require a natural and classic look. However, traditional wood boards require regular maintenance, such as painting, staining, or sealing, to preserve their quality and prolong their lifespan.

Desert Board is FSC certified, which means it meets the highest environmental and social standards. Moreover, unlike traditional wood boards, Desert Board does not need any maintenance in normal scenarios to keep them in good condition and prevent damage.

Key Benefits

Desert Board offers a wide range of benefits and is a great choice for construction and other applications where durability, reliability, and sustainability are important considerations. In addition, it has a unique texture and color that can create a modern and elegant look for homes or offices.

Here are some of the other key benefits of Desert Board:

  • High-performance screw holding and MOR (Modulus of Rupture) capabilities, making it a durable and reliable choice.
  • Excellent bending, pressure, and tensile strength, making it ideal for a variety of construction applications.
  • Easy to fit by means of traditional fitting devices, offering high flexibility for applications due to its excellent performance when processed with traditional wood processing tools.

Desert Board is also an excellent termite-resistant option due to its manufacturing process, making it an ideal choice for load-bearing applications in construction and other structural applications.

Here are some additional benefits of Desert Board:

  • Highly resistant to the diffusion of water vapors, ensuring a high level of dimensional stability, homogeneity, and uniform density.
  • In appropriate areas, the screw-holding capability of Desert Board can match any other type of wooden structural panel.
  • Shear values through its thickness are about two times greater than plywood.
  • Confirmed to contain less than 0.3mg of Formaldehyde per liter, which classifies it as E=0, thus making it Formaldehyde absent and safe to use indoors. This has been confirmed by Dubai Green Building System and other independent third-party laboratories.

Storage and Handling Best Practices

To ensure your Desert Board lasts as long as possible, follow these storage and handling tips: protect the ends and edges from damage, stack them on pallets or lumber bunks, cover them with a tarp during transport, store them in a covered area, cut the steel band on bundles to prevent moisture absorption, stack them on top of blocking outside, and ensure the bundle is well-ventilated to prevent mildew.


In a world where environmental sustainability is more important than ever, Desert Board is a breath of fresh air. Made from locally sourced palm fronds, Desert Board reduces carbon emissions and promotes local economies. With its high resistance to weather and impressive strength, Desert Board can be used for a variety of applications, from construction to furniture and interior decoration.

And the best part? By following proper storage and handling practices, you can help maximize its performance and ensure a greener future for generations to come. So, why not make the switch to Desert Board and join the movement towards a more sustainable future?

What Blue Rhine Offers?

Blue Rhine is committed to offering sustainable and cost-effective alternatives to traditional wood boards, and Desert Board is a prime example of this commitment. Our customers can choose from a range of sizes, thicknesses, and colors to meet their diverse needs. Currently, we offer Desert Board in different sizes with a natural brown color that adds a unique look and feel to any project, including a standard size of 1220 x 2440 mm, and in thicknesses of OSB Board 9.0 mm, OSB Board 12.0 mm, OSB Board 15.0 mm and OSB Board 18.0 mm.

Our team of experts is available to answer any questions you may have, and we are happy to provide you with guidance and recommendations based on your project needs. Get in touch with us today to discuss your project and learn more about how Desert Board can be a sustainable solution for your next project.

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