The extremes of India’s diverse climatic conditions are being overcome by the world leading technology of Accoya® wood, which is now being used on several high profile construction projects throughout the country.
Accoya wood, manufactured by Accsys Technologies, is one of the most advanced wood products on the market, using the best in wood modification technology to deliver outstanding levels of performance, stability and durability. It is created by using a proprietary non-toxic process called acetylation on sustainably sourced woods. This results in an attractive wood which matches or exceeds the properties against tropical hardwood, which is perfect for a variety of uses from windows to doors to external cladding.
Most notably, Accoya has been selected by one of India’s leading shipping companies, Link Shipping Private Ltd, to meet the demands of its prestigious downtown commercial building in Mumbai. The organisation wanted to create a decked area on the top floor of the 16 storey building, which would create a marine atmosphere providing visitors with spectacular views over the Arabian Sea.
Construction materials, however, needed to address India’s challenging climate. The site endures over two meters of rain during the monsoon season meaning the materials used must be able to withstand high levels of precipitation as well as provide suitable drainage solutions.
To address this, Link Shipping looked to local suppliers RitikaaWood to recommend the ideal material, which resulted in the use of Accoya wood due to its durability, stability and high performance capabilities – making it perfect for any demanding outdoor application.
Kiran Kamath Managing Director, Link Shipping Private Ltd said: “I was hesitant to use wood in a high humidity, high rainfall location like Mumbai, but I have been extremely pleased by both the performance and look of Accoya’s decking solution.”
RitikaaWood has also provided Accoya to several private residences throughout the country including a luxury suburban house in Central Pune. The owners required a premium wood finish, which would complement the luxury interior wood finishes, whilst withstanding the difficult climate conditions. As a result, Accoya was chosen for a two-track sliding door and a combination of both two and four shutter windows with casement frames in a modern three-storey suburban bungalow.
Stability and durability were also key factors in the modernisation of a 5000sq ft. farmhouse in Panvel in the state of Maharashtra. The tropical climate, combined with heavy winds during the monsoon season, meant any timber product used had to be exceptional. Around 150sq. meters of Accoya was used to make 20 windows, louvers and walls, and all items were pre-engineered and fixed within a matter of hours in order to avoid the challenging monsoon weather.
The finished product is clear evidence that not only does Accoya provide the house with durability and stability, but it complements the natural surroundings of the property.
Accoya’s 50-year durability and stability guarantee meant the modified wood was the obvious choice to replace timber window frames which had split after just two years because of India’s extreme climate. The Balinese style property in Khandala in the Western Ghats near Mumbai now benefits from easy and fast drainage of surface rain water from the tracks to prevent any further damage.
David Bone, sales manager at Accsys Technologies for India said: “Accoya is becoming more and more popular in India, because it can withstand the challenges posed by the difficult climate. Now the people in India can choose to have external solid wood cladding, windows and doors and not be concerned about the extreme variable weather conditions that often occur.
“Accoya is able to withstand the humid and seasonal monsoon weather which make India’s climate so challenging. It offers consumers, architects and builders a new wood solution, which combats the rising energy costs, dusty environments and desire for European sourcedmaterials and designs at Indian costs. Accoya matches or exceeds the properties of the best tropical hardwoods, lasts for at least 50 years above the ground and reduces shrinkage and swelling by at least 75%. Accoya is also aesthetically pleasing and can be used for the most intricate designs.”
Anand Shah, Commercial Director at RitikaaWood said “We regularly test Accoya and all our product research continues to show that Accoya is raising standards of reliability and performance for timber windows, doors, decking and cladding to new levels. It has been proven to match and in nearly all cases better the performance of less sustainable alternatives. We have been using Teknos coatings on a number of recent projects and we’ve been extremely pleased with the coating performance too. Our clients are the ultimate benefactors with access restored to a sustainable source of hardwood, European manufacturing standards and wood products that perform in one of the world’s harshest environments.”