Phenolic Panels for Durable Wall Coverings and Cladding

Sponsored by Fiberesin Industries, Inc.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain how phenolic panel manufacturing results in a strong, durable, non-porous product that will not delaminate or off-gas over its 30-year lifespan which is up to 3x longer than other product options.
  2. Discuss how phenolic panels made of FSCĀ® certified wood and bearing a Declare label can contribute toward satisfying the requirements of certain LEEDĀ® Materials and Resources credits.
  3. Describe the UV, climate, impact, chemical, stain, moisture, and fire resistance properties of a phenolic panel that contribute to its sustainability as a long-lasting material in both interior and exterior applications.
  4. Apply high yield, low waste techniques to reduce costs and lower energy consumption in manufacturing.


1 GBCI CE Hour
AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour
MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA.
This course can be self-reported to the NSAA
NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
OAA 1 Learning Hour
SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.
This course is approved as a Structured Course
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
Approved for structured learning
Approved for Core Learning
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA.
Course may qualify for Learning Hours with NWTAA
Course eligible for OAA Learning Hours
This course is approved as a core course
This course can be self-reported for Learning Units to the Architectural Institute of British Columbia

Phenolic panels are a versatile building material for both interior wall coverings and exterior cladding and are ideal wherever both durability and appearance are important. This course explains how the manufacturing process imparts a wide range of performance attributes to phenolic panels, discusses their role in sustainable design, and presents the diverse array of applications that benefit from the strength and beauty of phenolic wall panels.

Phenolic Panels

Photo courtesy of Fiberesin and Ken Graham Photography

Alaska Village Senior Housing, Anchorage, AK


Fiberesin Industries Inc. Fiberesin Industries Inc., has over 50 years of experience manufacturing materials and components for the office furniture and construction industries. In addition to solid phenolic panels, Fiberesin makes tables and surfaces, recreational court systems, and is a premier supplier of commercial furniture products. As a leading value-add manufacturer of custom-engineered goods, Fiberesin serves an extensive variety of markets. Their Oconomowoc, Wisconsin plant utilizes proprietary technology to thermally fuse laminates (resin-infused paper or wood veneers) to wood core materials or other substrates, creating engineered materials of exceptional performance, strength, appearance and consistency. With operations in Oconomowoc and Ashippun Wisconsin, Fiberesin is proud to offer a line of solutions that are entirely made in the USA. Stonewood Architectural Panels, a trademark of Fiberesin, are solid phenolic panels used for exterior cladding and durable interior wall covering.


Originally published in June 2021