Sustainability at the Forefront
Accoya wood is non-toxic and 100% recyclable. 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.
The environmental impact of Accoya can be assessed at all stages of its life cycle, from cradle to grave. At the production stage, 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. Accoya is made from legally harvested wood from well managed sustainable sources including FSC®, PEFC and other regionally certified woods.
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. Accoya remains CO2 negative over the full life cycle; therefore an environmental friendly substitute for tropical hardwood and materials from non-renewable resources.
Accoya has acquired several quality certifications (e.g. KOMO, RAL, 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. Additionally, Accoya’s superior thermal insulation provides energy conservation advantages when used in applications such as window frames and doors. 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. Indeed, 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.