Is Osb Safe for Home Construction?: Structural and Health Issues of Engineered Wood Material

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Tom Kraeutler
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 What are the safety pros and cons of a home built with particle board, specifically OSB (oriented strand board)? My parents are considering buying a new home in a retirement community, and OSB was used throughout the house. My parents are worried that the glue used in the OSB could have negative health impacts. Also, what is the longevity of OSB versus plywood? We don't want them to buy a house that will fall down!