Belgian chocolate, beer and Accoya
When you think of Belgium you think of Belgian chocolate and beer, but you should also think of Accoya!
Building in Belgium is becoming increasingly sustainable
Due to the increasing popularity of sustainable materials, particularly within the building industry, it is not surprising that many builders are impressed by the advantages of wood.
Wood is a natural building material. It’s fully renewable and has good thermal properties.
Accoya has properties of hardwood but the sustainability credentials of fast-growing softwood. Due to its lightweight, dimensional stability and durability, Accoya wood is suitable for quick installation with the guarantee of a long life. This makes it an ideal solution for new construction, renovations and extensions.
Accoya a new way of thinking about wood
Accoya is a revolutionary, modified and dimensionally stable wood. It delivers remarkable levels of performance and is a product that will stand the test of time.
Accoya wood is made by Accsys at its factory in Arnhem, The Netherlands.
Accsys transforms fast-growing certified sustainable wood into Accoya wood through a proprietary acetylation process. The result is a high-performing product with sustainability credentials greater than those of man-made materials, intensive resource depleting and highly carbon polluting alternatives.
This gives the world the choice to build sustainably, offering new opportunities for the built environment.
Check out these great projects located in Belgium built with Accoya!
Center for Mental Health Care in Sint-Niklaas, East Flanders
This striking construction project is a new building for the CGG Waas & Dender (Center for Mental Health Care) in the Belgian city of Sint-Niklaas.
The offices and consultation rooms are equipped with Accoya for the facade and the exterior joinery.
Accoya was chosen by HA architects for its durability and a better alternative to tropical hardwoods.
Police station in Molenbeek, Brussels
The Police station in the small town of Molenbeek in Belgium was designed by Architectenbureau Emmanuel Bouffioux. After 5 years since the Accoya was installed in 2015, the facade is just as stable and shows a beautiful silver-grey weathering.
During a visit to the Police station, we were particularly curious about the performance of the Accoya wood as this project features challenging lines. The facade was a joy to see.
In projects like this, you truly see just how stable Accoya really is and where we can make a difference. We are convinced that this type of structure with good long-term results is only possible with Accoya.
Xavier Deruyttere- Martal Houtimport, Accoya Distributor in Belgium and Luxembourg
Factory in Avelgem, West Flanders
The Accoya wood is an overwhelming success. Even with the large dimensions of the windows, we have had a marginal effect. That would have been absolutely impossible with any other type of wood. In addition, it is an ecologically responsible type of wood, which is very important to us at our architectural office. Preserved Accoya has durability class 1, which means it will last more than 30 years. Most trees with this durability class have a very long growing time. Accoya wood comes from FSC certified plantations and has a short growing time of up to 30 years. This prevents deforestation, which occurs when more is cut than grows. “
Bart Demeestere – Architect (translated)
Decking in Mechelen, Antwerp
Houben built the new headquarters of the FNG Group in Mechelen, Antwerp. FNG is a Belgian fashion house known for the brands Fred & Ginger, Van Hassels, CKS and Baker Bridge.
The building was designed by Stéphane Beel Architects and is very eye-catching in the Mechelen station area.
The terrace was made of durable Accoya wood that hardly shrinks and swells, so that the terrace remains perfectly stable.
Service center in Merelbeke, East Flanders
The Public Center for Social Welfare (OCMW) in Belgium opened its new service center in December 2019. The architectural firm GWM chose Accoya wood frames, doors and part of the external cladding.
In the application, the wood provides warm accents on the concrete facade. The dimensional stability of Accoya wood makes it ideal for exterior joinery. ”
Cindy de Maaskamp, Architect, Architectenbureau GWM
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Anyone thinking of the future must consider wood for construction.
Belgium: Beer, Chocolate and Accoya!
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