Accoya® wood for the Future

By significantly enhancing the durability and dimensional stability of fast growing, abundantly available certified wood species, Accoya® wood provides compelling environmental advantages over scarce slow growing hardwoods, woods treated with toxic chemicals, and non-renewable carbon-intensive materials such as plastics, steel and concrete. In order to assess the environmental impact of a material or product, all stages of its life cycle, from cradle to grave, must be taken into account, which is elaborated per life cycle phase (summary below), before looking at environmental assessments executed and ecolabels acquired for Accoya.

Production Phase

  • EUTR compliant: Made from legally harvested wood from well managed sustainable sources including FSC®, PEFCTM and other regionally certified woods.
  • Only abundantly available, and often fast growing source species such as Radiata pine, are used to create Accoya, safeguarding a consistent supply and preventing deforestation of tropical forests.
  • The Accoya wood manufacturing process is non-toxic and adds nothing to the wood that does not already naturally occur in it.
  • The Accoya production facility meets highest requirements with respect to health, safety and the environment and powered for over 50% by renewable energy.

Use Phase

  • CO2 negative over the full life cycle; therefore an environmental friendly substitute for tropical hardwood and materials from non renewable resources.
  • Enhanced durability, facilitating a longer lifespan, improved carbon sequestration potential and lower lifetime material consumption versus other materials.
  • Proven quality: Accoya has acquired several quality certifications (e.g. KOMO, RAL, BBA, WDMA, etc) and is warranted against fungal decay for at least 50 years above ground and 25 years in ground.
  • Outstanding dimensional stability and improved hardness results in lower maintenance frequency (lower costs) and therefore less coating use and waste over the product’s lifetime.
  • Superior thermal insulation, which provides energy conservation advantages when used in applications such as window frames and doors.

End of Life

  • Accoya wood is fully reusable and recyclable. Reuse is recommended but Accoya may be safely incinerated for bio-energy or composted to close the loop of the carbon cycle.
  • In the Cradle to Cradle® philosophy, for which it holds the prestigious Gold-level certification, Accoya wood is understood to be non-toxic and 100% biodegradable.
  • By-products of the production process are reused, recycled to produce acetylated MDF Tricoya or sold for reuse by others including the food industry (the Accsys acetylation plant is even halal and kosher approved).
  • Waste wood from construction projects gets high quality second life as input material for Tricoya, thus even increasing the carbon sink effect of wood.

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