By Allyson Koerner
Accoya® Wood is making its way into the eco world as the leading high-tech modified wood harvested exclusively from sustainable sources. It is the only modified wood product to receive Cradle to Cradle Certified Gold status establishing it as one of the most respected global eco labels worldwide.
Accoya, new to the U.S., is Europe’s foremost sustainable wood product for exterior use that can be incorporated into decking, windows, doors and bridges.
The products are developed by Accsys Technologies, an environmental science and technology licensing company, and use a non-toxic patented acetylation process to alter the wood’s reaction with water by permanently replacing free hydroxyls within the wood with stable acetyl groups that will not bond with water. Nothing is added into the wood that does not already exist and no toxins are released into the environment as a result of the process. Acetylation increases Accoya’s dimensional stability by reducing shrink and swell by 75 percent and increasing durability more than the best tropical hardwoods.
“Accoya wood performs at a level that surpasses that of tropical hardwoods, and best of all it offers a compelling environmental alternative,” said Hal Stebbins, director of worldwide sales and relationship management at Accsys Technologies. “The certification strengthens our position in the marketplace as a leader in wood technology and a key contributor to a more sustainable building industry.”
Accoya wood products are guaranteed to last for 50 years in above-ground use and 25 years in-ground, especially where the products are exposed to outdoor elements such as, insects, fresh water immersion or saltwater spray like in marina decking.
Case-in-Point: Accoya wood was used by the University of Florida in its “Project RE:FOCUS” zero-energy house design during the 2010 International Solar Decathlon competition held in Madrid, Spain. The team used Accoya wood for adjustable exterior screens allowing individuals to have privacy and natural light. These elements contributed to reducing energy consumption. The team placed second in the Energy Balance category, placed eighth overall, and was honored with the Public Choice Award.
Accoya wood can be purchased worldwide. Click here to find a location near you.