Accoya Brings Sustainability Message Home Brussels Event Highlights Potential of C2C Certification for wood industry

05 Jan 16

Accoya, the revolutionary modified wood product produced by Accsys Technologies, is hosting a sustainability event in collaboration with the Cradle to CradleSM Product Innovation Institute at The Egg congress centre in Brussels. The event aims to highlight the importance of using C2C accredited products in construction projects and demonstrate the potential of wood products within the C2C concept.

The one-off event will be held on 22 April and will feature presentations from several of Europe’s leading environmental experts, providing delegates with a detailed insight into the natural fit of Accoya within the C2C concept, present the product’s strength and provide a valuable networking opportunity for attendees.

The event will feature architect and founder of the Lateral Thinking Factory, Steven Beckers. He’ll discuss the implementation and measurement of C2C in several international projects carried out by his architectural firm, as well as the importance of the circular economy. Thijs Maartens of C2C’s Products Innovation Institute will then explore the positive impact the cradle to cradle philosophy has had on both the built and natural environments.

Pablo van der Lugt of Delft University of Technology will present the sustainability aspects of Accoya. Pablo will present Accoya, as a carbon negative, sustainably sourced renewable material – perfect fitting in the bio-cycle, which can replace carbon intensive products from the techno-cycle not only in terms of ecology but also in terms of performance.

There after architect Veronique Clarebout of Robbrecht & Daem architecten will discuss the design of one of Belgium’s most prestigious villas, Villa Pelucio, which was constructed with the use of Accoya. Rounding up the event, Jean Pierre Noel of timber distributors Van Steenberge will explore some further examples of Accoya, implemented in a variety of ways.

For the fifth consecutive year Accoya has received a C2C Gold certificate, which is now under the very stringent version 3. The Gold certificate was awarded for the product’s sustainable wood sourcing policy, the use of more than 50% renewable energy in its manufacturing process and for achieving a material reutilization score of 100% showing Accoya fits perfectly in the C2C bio-cycle.
The product also received the, highest possible, Platinum Standard certification for the Material Health Assessment after demonstrating no trace of toxic chemicals within the product.

Paul Clegg, CEO at Accsys Technologies, said: “We are glad to host the first C2C event of this kind in Belgium which is solely focused on sustainability and construction. Recently, we’ve seen some incredible construction projects in the country which fully embrace the cradle to cradle philosophy and we’re confident that this will be an informative and inspiring day for attendees. We also hope that it will inspire our system partners such as coatings and stain suppliers to accelerate the adoption of C2C philosophy in their Accoya compliant products.

“In 2015, Accoya was ranked at the highest possible level by achieving C2C Platinum Standard for its Material Health. It is the only building material which has achieved this prestigious accolade which reflects this impressive achievement. As a company we are committed to manufacturing in a socially responsible and eco-friendly way and this award is a further validation of our sustainable products and processes.”

The C2C certification scheme is a rigorous and comprehensive certification program administered by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute (C2CPII).

Products put forward for C2C certification are analysed within the confines of five stringent categories: material health, material reutilization, renewable energy use, water stewardship and social responsibility. Accoya successfully met all of the given criteria.