Predictions for Sustainable Building in 2022

What will characterise our sustainable cities of the future? In 2020, at 149 exajoules (or 149 quintillion joules), energy consumption for the construction and operation of buildings totalled 36 percent of global energy demand. Down from a peak of 150 exajoules in 2019, it is likely that pandemic lockdowns played a part in this reduction. Now, at a time when the world seems to have stood still for so long, we are beginning to allow ourselves to look forward and ponder on the shape of our future, and the general consensus is that this will begin with growth. As economies emerge from the pandemic, most believe that construction output will return to pre-COVID levels over the next year, and we have an opportunity to ensure that growth is sustainable. Below are our four key predictions for how this might look.

10.01.2022

Sustainable Building Materials

Sustainable Building Materials

Actively guiding the construction industry towards a more sustainable path will not only ensure compliance with tightening green regulations, but improve brand image in an era where sustainability is king. A key consideration is reduction of waste and a more carefully considered stance on the materials we are using. Given that 11% of the energy and process-related carbon dioxide emissions from the buildings and construction sector in 2018 stemmed from manufacturing materials such as steel, cement, and glass, it makes sense to consider a move towards an altogether more eco-friendly choice: wood.

An inherent part of the natural environment, bringing sustainably sourced wood into our built environment champions nature and its fundamental biodegradability, allowing us to balance the need to provide for a growing population with the need to ensure the climate resilience of its future. In fact, the global green building materials market size is expected to have reached USD 364.6 billion by 2022. Of course, in this we must also step away from treating these materials with toxic paints and finishes, ensuring that they are truly biodegradable, and can safely be returned to nature at the end of their life.

Lifelong Wellbeing

Lifelong Wellbeing

Considering the return of wood to nature leads us on to the next key prediction, lifelong wellbeing. We must now be mindful of the entire lifecycle of the materials and building process and, beyond this, the health and wellbeing of those that work on and live in the buildings we erect. The World Green Building Council’s Six Principles for a Healthy, Sustainable Built Environment underlines the importance of the relationship between sustainable development and human wellbeing, detailing how harmony with nature and climate change action is linked to social values, including the health of construction workers.  Buildings made of wood have seen not only construction time, effort, and waste reduced by as much as 90%, but have had a positive impact on construction workers, whose exposure to the dust and toxic fumes of a regular building site is drastically lowered. Furthermore, timber buildings continue to have a positive impact on people throughout their lives as wood surfaces have been found to lower stress levels, improve attention and focus, and increase creativity. With the difficulty of the preceding two years, a movement towards design that benefits wellbeing is likely to be at the forefront of many minds.

Biophilic Design

Biophilic Design

Fundamental to development that centres itself upon wellbeing, is biophilic design. Biophilia, the human tendency to interact and be close to nature, is increasingly being integrated into architecture as we recognise the health benefits that come from a connectedness with the natural world. In fact, in the World Green Building Council’s principles mentioned above, biophilic design is a key tenet of ‘Harmony with Nature’. Not only can we achieve this through the use of wood, which is seen to bring a number of health benefits in itself, but through expanding this by bringing green in.

Net Zero Is Not Enough – Positive Is The New Neutral

Net Zero Is Not Enough – Positive Is The New Neutral

Our final prediction is that net zero emission targets will no longer cut the mustard. With several governments and large companies committing to net zero targets, reducing emissions is a global target. However, with increasing pressure from those who recognise this may no longer be enough, we believe there will be a push towards climate positivity: removing more greenhouses gases from the atmosphere than are released. In an industry that is responsible for a large portion of global emissions, we think companies have started to notice the scale of the positive impact we could have if we pushed for these more ambitious targets.

How Does Accoya Align With These Predictions?

How Does Accoya Align With These Predictions?

At Accoya, sustainability has always been at the heart of what we do. Our products are made out of FSC certified timber grown in well-managed forests that protect the surrounding natural biodiversity. Modified through a process of acetylation, which does nothing more than alter than existing natural compounds of the wood, it becomes more durable, stable, and better performing without the addition of a single toxic chemical. This ensures that not only is its life lengthened, but when this eventually comes to an end, the timber is completely biodegradable or recyclable. As if this wasn’t enough, by the end of their life Accoya timber windows and doors will have helped to remove CO2 from the atmosphere. That’s right, they’re climate positive. So, whilst sustainable materials, lifelong wellbeing, biophilic design, and climate positivity are set to be the four new sustainable building trends of 2022, we hope that by fulfilling every one of these, Accoya becomes the fifth.

6 On Trend Details to Give your Home Exterior a Fresh Look by HOUZZ

Building a new home or updating your façade? Be inspired by these 6 ways to stylishly warm up the exterior with Accoya wood.

20.12.2021

So much attention is paid to the interiors of our homes, but the exterior is what makes the first impression. A beautifully designed façade enhances the architecture and sets the tone and feel of a home before guests even set foot inside. With its warm, natural appeal and virtually limitless design potential, wood cladding has emerged as a major trend in exteriors. Here are six of-the-moment ways to use it to give your property serious street appeal.

1. Opt for a Beautifully Weathered Façade

1. Opt for a Beautifully Weathered Façade

Embrace the natural look with untreated wood cladding that ages gracefully over time. It’s a wonderful way to highlight the earthy and organic beauty of the wood, and helps a home blend in with the landscape.

This stunning lakeside home in Saint Joseph, Michigan, called for a hardy wood cladding that could withstand the constant wind coming off Lake Michigan. Accoya cladding was chosen for its sustainability, durability and superior resistance to weather and rot. Leaving the wood untreated has allowed it to develop a stunning natural appearance that merges with the earthy, natural setting, while creating a pleasing contrast against the home’s sharp black window frames.

While standard wood cladding has its benefits, it’s not suitable for every project or homeowner, as it requires ongoing maintenance and can deteriorate over time. Today you’ll find innovative alternatives that provide all the warmth and natural appeal of wood, with minimal maintenance requirements and far superior durability. Accoya’s acetylated wood cladding can withstand even tough weather conditions, is resistant to rotting, and if left untreated will weather naturally to a beautiful silvery grey.

Accoya wood has impressive environmental credentials too. It’s fully sustainable, and every panel comes with FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certification. It is also 100 percent nontoxic, so you can have peace of mind knowing it’s a healthy choice for you and your family.

2. Ditch the Trim

2. Ditch the Trim

Want the focus to be on the shape and form of your architecture rather than individual features such as your windows? Extending your wood cladding right to the window ledges without including a trim, as seen on this home (Ash Tree Residence) in New Canaan, Connecticut, keeps all eyes firmly on the bigger picture while creating a sleek and modern look.

Here, Accoya cladding in Old Town Gray was used to add a modern-rustic feel to the home and highlight the dramatic shape of its gable-roofed entry volume. The large picture windows are trim-free and feature minimalist frames — a clever way to maximize light and views inside the home without overshadowing the bigger architectural story from the outside.

3. Try the Shou-Sugi-Ban Trend

3. Try the Shou-Sugi-Ban Trend

If you’re looking to make a statement with a bold exterior, consider giving your home the shou-sugi-ban treatment. This ancient Japanese technique involves charring the wood to preserve and strengthen it. The charring turns the wood a deep charcoal black while revealing its texture and grain. Not only does this wood treatment make for a striking façade, but it minimizes maintenance.

4. Focus on Natural Materials

4. Focus on Natural Materials

As the saying goes, less is more. Choosing one “hero” natural material and using it in different ways across your home’s exterior can be a subtle, but very effective, way to bring cohesion to your home’s design. To create an uninterrupted sense of flow, you could carry the material through to the interior of your home or to any outbuildings.

The key to success when using a single natural material is to be creative with how you apply it. This award-winning boathouse (The Haven) in Norfolk, England, has been given light-tone Accoya wood cladding, decking and curved screening. As the property is surrounded by water on three sides, the architects selected Accoya wood for its water-resistant properties and dimensional stability, as well as its stunning natural looks and sustainability. The result is a graceful home that sits lightly in its tranquil coastal setting.

5. Play Up Textures

5. Play Up Textures

Natural appeal aside, wood cladding gives you endlessly creative ways to express your personal style. Take this three-story office building designed and occupied by architectural firm Dillon Kyle Architects in Houston, for example. It’s clad in 2,500 Accoya boards that have an abstract leaf-like pattern carved into the wood. The pattern references the oak trees that line the neighbourhood, and it adds not just texture and softness to the modern structure but a unique personal touch.

“The Accoya wood boards are unsealed and allowed to weather over time,” says Peter Klein, associate principal architect at Dillon Kyle Architects. “The idea was to use a material where you couldn’t tell where the patterns started and stopped — just one big continuous object.”

As the wood cladding would play a pivotal role in the look and performance of the building, the firm took their time choosing the right one. “Even left untreated, it didn’t warp or mildew or mould, and that let us know we were on the right path,” Klein says. “The neutral grey tones coupled with its long-term durability, resistance to rot and insects made Accoya wood the ideal material for this project.”

6. Go Skinny

6. Go Skinny

Add texture and depth to your home’s exterior with narrow boards for cladding, louvers and screening.

For this luxury apartment block (Blackwood Street Apts) in Melbourne, Australia, the architect specified 40-by-40-millimeter Accoya wood boards with a coat of Woca Exterior Walnut Oil for the louvers and screening in the alfresco areas. The oiled boards create a soft and inviting feel while bringing a sense of intimacy to the apartment complex.

The rest of the detailing in this spot, including hardware and pavers, was deliberately pared back to keep the focus firmly on the textural wood.

Running slender boards vertically, as the architect has done here, is a clever design technique for making a low roof or ceiling appear higher. You can use this strategy both outside your home with wood cladding and inside with wood wall lining.

If room height is not a concern, consider mixing vertical and horizontal patterns for added texture and interest inside or outside your home.

More: Learn more about Accoya’s range of sustainable, acetylated wood products by visiting our homepage here.

This story was written by the Houzz Sponsored Content team.

Olympics is here – but which is the most sustainable sporting stadium?

02.08.2021

Sustainable Sports Stadiums

The 2020 Olympics are now underway (in 2021), and sustainable buildings and stadiums are playing their own important roles in today’s world – superstars of a sustainable future! Forward-thinking design and building of these centres for human excellence is perhaps the ultimate way to raise awareness of the benefits and assets of future sustainable buildings, and the positive impacts they can bring not only to the environment but also to people.

Every four years usually sees more athletes performing as well as more people attending, and the contributing countries are feeling the pressure to build more sustainably: these are big investments as well as showcases of national policies and performance, and the buildings are almost as important as the sports being played – and last a lot longer than a 100m sprint! The need for more sustainable buildings is leading contractors to specify more sustainable options to promote sport in a sustainable environment. To fully understand why sustainable buildings and stadiums are so important, we need to look at the benefits and the reasoning behind them.

What are the benefits on building a sustainable stadium?

What are the benefits on building a sustainable stadium?

With the help of sustainable construction and the use of non-toxic materials, many future benefits are being realised. And here are just 5 of the great reasons why building sustainable stadiums promotes a healthier environment1:

  1. Water preservation: because a lot of water is needed in stadiums to water and prepare the real grass pitches, clean the venue or for sanitary reasons, water consumption in stadiums are very high. When considering how to reduce water consumption, green initiatives such as rainwater harvesting and recycling can be considered.
  2. Energy preservation: in order to reduce the use of energy, more and more stadiums are being made to conserve energy consumption, and even being equipped with solar and wind power to provide them with an alternative energy source.
  3. Low pollution: nowadays, more and more stadiums are built with healthier, more sustainably-sourced and recycled materials, such as wood, plastic and paper. With the help of using greener building materials that help fight global resource depletion, the amount of waste and pollution in the environment is reduced and the destructive impacts of construction are minimised.
  4. Financial benefits: by choosing greener and longer-lasting materials for stadiums, environmentally-friendly projects will be
    cheaper in the long run when the maintenance and operation of the buildings are taken into account. Moreover, the value of the project can actually increase over time, while the costs of water, energy, maintenance and insurance premiums can decrease.
  5. Reduced health risks to the community: using non-toxic materials can not only reduce health problems within the community, but also safety risks while stadia are constructed and in use for years after!

Sustainability in sports stadiums

So now that we are aware of the benefits of why it is important to focus on sustainable construction, let’s take a look at the current sport stadiums that have made it to the top of the list of most sustainable sports buildings in the world2.

Amsterdam ArenA, Netherlands

The ArenA, home to Ajax Football Club, is powered by more than 4,200 solar panels and even a wind turbine. The main facility of the Arena is equipped with an amazing energy-generating escalator, an energy storage system using recycled batteries and electric vehicles. And to complete the list, the stadium reuses rainwater by collecting it on the roof to water the pitch while reducing water consumption.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium, USA

By receiving platinum Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification, a global standard for measuring the sustainability of buildings, the Mercedes-Benz professional sports stadium is one of the world’s most sustainable sports venues: it consumes 29% less energy, is equipped with LED lighting and there are around 4,000 solar panels on the roof as a contribution to a more sustainable environment. With its own storm water management system, the stadium can store up to 2 million gallons on site to prevent natural disasters and use 47% less water at the same time. Pedestrian-friendly paths allow supporters to reach the building safely and easily. The stadium even provides a bicycle valet program and electric vehicle charging.

Levi’s Stadium, USA

With not one but two LEED certifications, Levi’s Stadium is one of the most sustainable buildings in the city of San Francisco. The stadium has found a perfect way to highlight innovative sustainability elements by installing more than 1,000 solar elements, solar-powered pedestrian bridges, a solar-paneled terrace and a 27,000-square-metre roof. The stadium has implemented its own materials procurement programme, meeting strict sustainability criteria, and has been able to commit to local food sourcing. In 2018, the stadium promised to fight climate change, which was even recognised by the White House’s Science and Technology Policy Office.

Golden 1 Center, USA

By engaging fans in the message of climate action through their global sports platform and organising “sustainability nights”, the Golden 1 Center has put a lot of pressure on helping to build a more sustainable environment. With the use of 100% solar energy, a water conservation practice to reduce water consumption by 45% and recycling 99% of demolition materials, the stadium has certainly shown its effort to maintain a sustainable stadium. In 2017, the Golden 1 Center was even awarded the world’s greenest and most technologically advanced sports and entertainment facility, and according to Green Project Management, the stadium is among the top 3 percent of high-performance buildings worldwide.

Building a sustainable stadium

Building a sustainable stadium

So now you have been introduced to world’s leading sustainable sporting stadiums, the real question is: How can you contribute to making a sustainable stadium?

As we know, many of the commonly used building materials are made of non-renewable resources, such as PVC or aluminium, which are finite, depleting resources, and often come with heavy energy and emissions costs. Every day, more and more pollution is released and CO2 is added to the surface air. However, our world can also provide us with raw materials that offer a long-term solution to both of these impacts: this material is wood, from well-managed and sustainable forests.

By specifying Accoya wood, you are already one step closer to helping build a more sustainable stadium by selecting it as your material for decking, cladding, windows and doors – frames or any other application. Accoya wood is sourced from fast growing trees and sustainably certified forests and offers many benefits to application-oriented industries around the world! Its high performance, unrivalled durability and sustainable credentials make it the perfect solution; a truly unique combination of qualities.

Thanks to our unique acetylation process, Accoya wood is highly resistant to decay – meaning it lasts and stores carbon for decades, making it a perfect alternative not only to carbon-intensive and resource-depleting materials, but also to slower-growing and unsustainably sourced hardwoods.

Just think about it. Who wouldn’t want beautiful installations from a material that has a longer lifespan while simultaneously increasing global carbon storage and providing us with a climate-proof alternative to concrete, metal and plastic, all for the sake of a more sustainable environment?

And don’t forget; you are opting for a premium product with exceptional stability that can easily last twice as long and require less upkeep than other alternatives – so in the long run the running costs can be much cheaper too.

Accoya wood may not be competing in the Olympics, but it has it’s very own Gold: Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Gold to be precise, marking it as the top performer in the building materials industry.

To give you some inspiration and ideas, let’s look at a couple of the few sustainable projects where Accoya has contributed to a more sustainable world by helping to build a greener sports stadium!

Velodrome

Velodrome

The renovated Omnisport building in the Netherlands, which not only hosts world championships but also local competitions and is a practice track for many future cyclists, was named the world’s first fully sustainable cycling track made of wood: the Velodrome. The Velodrome is the perfect place to watch the world cycling championships with the whole family, as the building has 5,000 seats, giving you the atmosphere as if you were cycling on the track during the race itself!

The building is something to be proud of and will be remembered not only for its exceptional design, performance and unparalleled durability, but also for all the medals it has won. In 2018, the track cycling world championships were held in the Omnisport building, which became the most successful global tournament ever for the Netherlands.

And when you come to think that the indoor Velodrome is breath-taking wait until you see the outdoor Velodrome; adding an extra touch to a cycle track for future cyclists.

Outdoor Velodrome

Outdoor Velodrome

 

The outdoor velodrome, designed by Sander Douma Architects, was specified with Accoya wood for the 200m cycling track in Assen, the Netherlands, making it the perfect place for cyclists to train for their future cycling races while enjoying some fresh air.

The outdoor velodrome not only gives cyclists a feeling of freedom, but also creates benefits for the cyclists by giving them less resistance and more speed when cycling on the track. This is thanks to our unique modification process, which makes Accoya the perfect material for both internal and external applications of the sports stadium.

References

  1. Sports And Environment: Green Initiatives In Stadiums, online source: https://cascadiasport.com/sports-and-environment-green-initiatives-in-stadiums/ [access June 11, 2019]
  2. The 5 most sustainable sports venues in the world, online source: https://www.climateaction.org/news/the-5-most-sustainable-sports-venues-in-the-world [access 04 January 2018]

10 Swimming Pool Decks You Want to Experience This Summer

22.07.2021

Wood swimming pool deck and pool surround for the perfect garden retreat

Swimming pool wood deck design ideas

Wood swimming pool deck and pool surround for the perfect garden retreat

There is nothing better than a swimming pool with wood decking. It’s perfect to cool down on a hot summer day and the ideal place to relax and forget the stress of a busy week. As we swim through the cool water, it’s like we are on holiday and all our worries feel far away. And after, it’s time to take some refreshments on the wood decking by the pool. Ideally, sitting on the wooden pool surround whilst dangling our feet in the water.

Here are some of the best swimming pools with wood decking to get you dreaming this summer. And if you are looking to build your own swimming pool, let’s get inspired by some of the swimming pool deck design ideas…

The advantages of wood swimming pool decks made from Accoya

Swimming pool wood deck designs

The advantages of wood swimming pool decks made from Accoya

Is Accoya the best wood for swimming pool decks?

Accoya wood is the ideal material to build wood swimming pool decks and pool surrounds, due to its high performance and unrivalled sustainability.

Choose natural wood and give your swimming pool decking a special charm; only genuine wood can deliver this authentic look and pleasant feel. In our garden, we also only want to use environmentally friendly materials that are in harmony with nature.

Thanks to its exceptional performance benefits, especially when in contact with water, Accoya is ideal for swimming pool decks. Accoya decking and pool surrounds are very durable, low maintenance and resistant to rot and decay. Accoya wood decking and swimming pool surrounds come with a 25-year warranty, even when installed with direct contact to water.

You can also feel the benefits of Accoya decking: Accoya decking is very barefoot-friendly, as it will not noticeably crack or splinter even after decades.  It also doesn’t get too hot in the sun and remains cool on your skin, perfect to spend hours lingering by the pool.

Here are 10 beautiful examples of Accoya wood swimming pool decks to be inspired by. Let’s take a plunge…

Swimming pool surrounded by wood decking

Swimming pool surrounded by wood decking

In this property in Nottwil, Switzerland, the swimming pool is surrounded by a beautiful Accoya wood deck, which achieves a very harmonic appearance. The wood swimming pool deck and pool surround was installed uncoated and therefore went through a natural weathering and greying process. The grey decking boards look beautiful in contrast with the blue water, especially in such a beautiful evening atmosphere, as in the photo.

The swimming pool deck was supplied by Herzog-Elmiger AG.

Swimming pool made out of Accoya wood

Swimming pool made out of Accoya wood

For this project, wood was not only used for the swimming pool deck but also the pool itself.

Natura specialises in swimming pools and whirlpools that are made entirely of wood. They use Accoya as the solid wood is durable and rot-proof, does not warp and comes with a warranty of 25 years even when immersed in water. Thanks to the high dimensional stability, Accoya can easily withstand high water pressure and ground movements. To ensure that the pool is watertight, Natura has developed a special membrane that is installed below the Accoya wood.

Natural pool surrounded by curvy wood decking

Natural pool surrounded by curvy wood decking

When building this natural pool, it was important to only use natural and environmentally friendly materials. Therefore, Accoya wood decking was used to build a pool surround along with various natural stones. The pool surround and wood swimming pool deck was designed in round shapes, to draw inspiration from natural shapes found in the outdoors. These tailor-made shapes were no problem for the manufacturer, as the brilliant machinability of Accoya mean it can be processed as desired. The Accoya swimming pool deck was installed without coating and will naturally weather and build a beautiful silver-grey patina over time.

This wood swimming pool deck and pool surround was installed by M. Hechenblaickner and its partners.

Photos: ©M. Hechenblaickner

Dark coated swimming pool wood deck design

Dark coated swimming pool wood deck design

In Israel, Accoya was used for the wood swimming pool deck, pool surround and an underwater platform to build this beautiful swimming pool.

Due to the high UV radiation in Israel, coated wood decking usually needs constant repainting. Due to its high dimensional stability, Accoya does not deform, splinter or crack, which puts much less stress on the coating. Homeowners can therefore enjoy their coated decking for much longer before they need to repaint.

The Accoya warranty of 25 years includes applications that are immersed in water, which ensures that the underwater platform will last for decades.

A Blanchon oil was applied to the Accoya wood swimming pool deck boards. The underwater platform was left uncoated and will turn grey over time.

Accoya wood swimming pool deck in the Pyrenees

Accoya wood swimming pool deck in the Pyrenees

A wood swimming pool deck made of Accoya was installed in the French Pyrenees. The project was carried out by Gaius, who choose Accoya for their swimming pool wood deck designs, as they only work with materials that are highly sustainable and have a long service life.

This is a prime example of an idyllic garden retreat that can be built with wood swimming pool decks for inground pools.

Elegant wood swimming pool deck in Puglia

Elegant wood swimming pool deck in Puglia

A beautiful Accoya wood swimming pool deck was built in a private residence in Puglia, Southern Italy. The private residence is part of the Trulli of Alberobello, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which are very popular for tourist visiting the area.

The Accoya decking boards were wire brushed before installation, to achieve a textured distressed looking finish.

More information about the wood swimming pool deck, delivered by Kobel SRL, can be found in this swimming pool decking case study.

Versatile Accoya for wood swimming pool deck and pool surround

Versatile Accoya for wood swimming pool deck and pool surround

Example of creative wood swimming pool decks above ground designs

This wood swimming pool deck in Austria shows the versatility of Accoya, as it’s easy to coat and process to achieve creative swimming pool wood deck designs.

The natural wood was not only used for the swimming pool deck, but also the wooden pool surround. There is even some Accoya cladding on the above ground pool surround, which has two waterfalls embedded, for a special swimming pool deck design. The high humidity and regular contact with water are no problem for the wood decking and pool surround, as Accoya has a 25-year warranty even when installed with direct contact to water. The durable Accoya wood is highly water resistant, and should be chosen when looking for the best wood for a swimming pool deck.

More details about this wood swimming pool deck project from Austrian distributor M. Hechenblaickner can be found here:

photos: ©M. Hechenblaickner

Biarritz swimming pool and wood decking

Biarritz swimming pool and wood decking

A villa in Biarritz on the French Atlantic coast was equipped with a breathtaking wood swimming pool deck and pool surround made of Accoya wood. The project was installed by The Natural Pool Company, who put great emphasis on only using natural materials for their swimming pools and decking. Maintaining the style of sustainability and the C2C philosophy, the decking was installed uncoated and will naturally turn grey over time.
Accoya swimming pool deck in Cannes

Accoya swimming pool deck in Cannes

Accoya was chosen for the wood swimming pool deck and pool surround of the beautiful Villa Carat in Cannes.

Accoya wood was specified by Woodstone Project due to its exceptional performance: It’s very durable, stable, rot free and sustainable, all whilst adding the charm of natural solid wood. An essential benefit was also, that the swimming pool deck is barefoot friendly: Accoya does not splinter or crack and remains cool even on the hottest day.

This wood swimming pool deck was installed using a Grad system, an Accoya partner since 2013. More details about this project can be found here.

photos: ©woodstone-project

 

Accoya wood swimming pool deck for greek dream destination

Accoya wood swimming pool deck for greek dream destination

Accoya was used by Atlas Wood for the wood swimming pool deck in a private residence in Greece.
Accoya was specified by the customer for their pool design due to its many benefits, including superior stability than other woods, Class 1 durability and unrivalled sustainability credentials. Applications such as swimming pool decking, where the wood is often wet and in contact with the ground, require a durable wood that is effective against rot and decay. Accoya is the best wood for the swimming pool deck and the customer is delighted with their new pool design.

Best wood for swimming pool deck

Inspiration for your Swimming pool wood deck design ideas

These breath-taking swimming pool wood deck designs will keep us dreaming all summer and might have inspired to build our own swimming pool with wood deck.
When looking for the best wood for the swimming pool deck and pool surrounds, consider using Accoya. Thanks to its versatility, durability and dimensional stability, especially in contact with water, Accoya lends itself to build tailor-made shapes and dimensions with unique colours and coatings. No matter whether it’s for swimming pool decks for inground pools or for wood decks for above ground swimming pools.
Get in touch with your local Accoya supplier and let them advise you on how best to build the wood swimming pool deck of your dreams.

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How the products you choose – and the companies behind them – can help the world Build Back Better

02.07.2021

How often do you think about where your products come from? We at Accsys are all becoming increasingly aware that the practices behind the brands matter. Environmental and social impacts, both positive and negative, are associated with everything we buy and use. We have got used to looking for ‘Fairtrade’ on some things – like chocolate, coffee, and clothing – but don’t these factors affect all the products, materials and services around us?

By examining and understanding the impacts they have on the world, progressive businesses can shape the way they do things to ensure that what they do, what they make, and how they act can be a force for good. They can identify and choose to operate in a way that can benefit all types of stakeholders that they interact with, such as their employees, customers, suppliers, wider communities and the environment. Operating sustainably with an informed approach will ultimately help us all Build Back Better, creating stronger and more resilient businesses and having a positive impact on the world, the environment, and the communities around them.

Sustainability and purpose, integral to responsible business

At Accsys, our purpose is “Changing wood to change the world”, and we understand how the ‘green’ credentials of our product feed into overall business sustainability. Changing wood is what we do, changing the world is why we do it, and every time someone chooses to use our Accoya or Tricoya products they are making a decision with a positive environmental impact.

It’s not all just about the product though – to create the product, we have our business, and how we operate can be impactful too.  In 2020, we looked to formalise our approach to sustainability of the overall business by developing our approach to ‘ESG’, which stands for Environmental, Social and Governance – a way of looking at how what we do affects the world and everyone around us. We did our research and engaged with stakeholders inside and outside our organisation, identifying what we call our ten ‘material issues’ for ESG: the ten most pertinent issues to our business.  These issues cover the whole breadth of ESG and they all have a role in delivering on our purpose, act according to our values, and make sure we are doing the right things, in the right ways.

Your choice of products contributes to a more sustainable world

If trees are good for the environment, isn’t cutting them down to make products a problem?

Unsustainable wood can have disastrous impacts – from Illegal logging, deforestation, violation of human rights, biodiversity loss and the removal of natural carbon sinks.

Here at Accsys, we only use timber that has been certified to be harvested responsibly from well-managed forests that are continuously replenished, not damaging the surrounding environment or native flora and fauna. 100% of the wood we use to make Accoya and Tricoya is FSC (Forest Stewardship Council certified), the most recognised global standard for assuring sustainable sourcing of wood.

What does Building Back Better mean for health and wellbeing?

In the developed world, it is estimated we spend more than 90% of our time indoors either at home or at work, and the presence of synthetic materials and chemicals in our products and surroundings can actually have a negative impact on our health and wellbeing. It has also been well-researched that, much like having plants in our offices and houses, having wood around us can have positive impacts on creativity, mood and stress. To make sure we contribute to this, we’ve achieved the highest (Platinum) Material Health rating for Accoya from the Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard: it is a certified non-toxic product. Our focus on innovation and technology continues to ensure that our wood is non-toxic, meeting high standards for human health.

What happens at the end of its product life? Can the wood also have circular economy benefits?

As well as lasting for decades (and with a warranty for 50 years for above ground use), Accoya doesn’t contain any plastics or new elements that aren’t found naturally in wood: it’s biodegradable and can be handled in the same manner as raw wood at the end of life through recycling, composting or as a bio-based fuel source (as stated in the company’s KOMO product certificate and further evidenced by SHR – Wood Research Foundation Netherlands).  It can even be up-cycled into Tricoya wood chips, which are used to make high performance wood panels that can last decades more!

What about the transition to net zero economy?

At Accsys and through our flagship Accoya wood product, we believe that our actions and those actions of our customers can help contribute to one of the biggest challenges of our time – combatting climate change and the transition to a net zero economy.

Wood sequesters carbon, meaning that it captures carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and locks it in for its useful life, and the more durable and long lasting wood, alongside its use at end of life, can have a positive influence on the environment. Last year, our products locked in and safely stored around 50,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide. This means that everyone involved in the process to use Accoya, from making and distributing it to the owner living with it, has helped take the equivalent of roughly 120 million miles of car driving emissions out of the atmosphere and store it safely in a useful, beautiful product.

Accountability, reporting and communications is vital

Underpinning everything we do, at Accsys, we are working towards the highest standards through our own internal mechanisms around data management, reporting, collaboration, problem solving and sharing of best practices and employee engagement. Alongside our internal mechanisms, we own accountability for our actions through our focus on external accreditations – both to keep us on the right track and to show how we ‘walk the walk’ as well as ‘talk the talk’. Producing a Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Gold product isn’t just an accreditation, it’s about our ethos as a business, which includes the scope of environmental and social issues running through the whole way through our company, culture, values and purpose. Our environmental assessments and accreditations help us to Build Back Better through our processes and our products, and our customers support us in changing the world by choosing our products.

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Opinion Piece by Justin Peckham “Game Changers”

In December 2020 I was asked by Futurebuild what innovations have changed the face of the built environment. Looking back over time the game changing products that I believe have influenced our work include:

21.04.2021

Video Conferencing Platforms

Video Conferencing Platforms

Much has already been written about how the business world has embraced video conferencing technology during this pandemic and we’ll all no doubt have personal experience of how it has changed the way that we work, so in many ways this is an obvious choice for a game changer but because the impact will be so far reaching I thought it worth putting in my list.

The world was probably moving towards greater use of video conferencing anyway but there is no doubt that lockdown measures as a result of COVID-19 rapidly increased the speed of uptake. The experience has taught us that we don’t need to travel as much as we used to when we thought it was imperative that we met others face to face and at the same time has made the use of video conferencing more acceptable when before it might have been perceived as a cop-out by those not prepared to make the effort to meet in person.

Sure, face to face meetings are important and I have no doubt that a degree of travel will resume within our businesses once restrictions are lifted but I also think that video conferencing is here to stay and that many of us will end up travelling less and working from home more than we used to, which has got to be a good thing for both the environment and our own well-being.

Acetylated Wood

Acetylated Wood

I make no apology for listing my own company’s products here, Accoya wood and Tricoya (in the form of Medite Tricoya Extreme in the UK). Even if I wasn’t involved in these products I would have them on my list because they are such a great example of how we don’t necessarily need to compromise performance in our bid to use more sustainable products.

Photosynthesis is the best means we have of capturing carbon from the atmosphere and in the form of trees we have natural “production units” that convert it for us into a very versatile building material – wood. Using more wood in construction is vital as we aim for that carbon neutral target, yet so often specifiers choose carbon-intensive man-made materials that they have confidence in over wood because of concerns over the durability and stability of the latter.

Both Accoya (solid wood) and Tricoya (panels) are based on sustainably-grown timber which is tweaked at the molecular level by a chemical reaction called acetylation to vastly improve the performance of the wood in a non-toxic manner, thus locking in all of that sequestered carbon for decades longer than would otherwise be the case in products that are much more reliable and predictable than those made from un-acetylated wood. Both Accoya and Tricoya afford us the opportunity to significantly increase the amount of timber we use in construction without compromising on service life expectations or performance, even in challenging external applications.

LED Lighting

LED Lighting

LED lighting technology has been gradually developing from the early 1960s to the present day so it’s sort of crept up on us rather than taken the world by storm but in my view this doesn’t make it any less revolutionary. The current generation of LED lights offer so many advantages over the older technologies that they have now become the norm for most applications and over time will result in significant reductions in energy use across the world both in-use and by virtue of the fact that they last so much longer than incandescent or halogen bulbs. To cap it all they can be recycled so are a good fit with the circular economy.

 

For more information on other game changing products or technologies see here: https://www.futurebuild.co.uk/game-changers/

Transforming your home into a staycation retreat

With holidays abroad still looking uncertain, thousands of Brits may be spending even more time at home this summer. Even with the ban on international travel set to potentially lift in May, it’s not a sure thing, and up to 90% of UK summer holiday options are already sold out! Here’s some ideas and inspiration for transforming your home into a staycation retreat.

22.03.2021

So, with no beach stays for the foreseeable future, what can you do to make your own outdoor space a treat to spend time in?  It may be easier than you think to create your very own attractive al fresco area to while away the summer hours, whether basking in the sun or enjoying the long evenings. With spring now (just about) upon us and good weather hopefully on the horizon, let’s take a look at four outdoor trends we expect to see this year that will help make houses and homes into luxury staycation retreats.

Invest in the outdoors

As the covers come off this spring, we expect homeowners to once again prioritise their outdoor spaces when it comes to home improvements. Summer lockdown in 2020 saw a DIY boom with online sales of garden and home improvement materials tripling, and this year looks set to be no different.

Whether it’s building a new set of planters or digging new flowerbeds, we Brits love to garden – in fact, 42% of us regularly partake in gardening – that’s a huge 27 million people nationwide. Working in the fresh air of the garden is well known to reduce stress and boost your mental and physical wellbeing, giving you a renewed sense of purpose and achievement (which we can all agree is much needed this year).

We all now have a golden opportunity to spend more valuable time in the garden, and for many, that will mean rolling up the sleeves and getting stuck into jobs like recoating our deck and repainting the garden furniture.

The natural charm of timber decking

The natural charm of timber decking

Timber remains the classic choice for outdoor decking, despite advancements in alternative materials, and it can certainly enhance the look of any garden. Choosing the right timber decking to complement your outside space is critical though, and there are some considerations to bear in mind including a budget, maintenance and style.

Timber is warm and beautiful and can give your garden a natural charm that you just can’t achieve with plastic. It is easily cut and shaped to work around your existing garden features and can be stained, treated or coloured with a vast range of coatings and textures to suit your look. Installation costs tend to be lower than other materials, and depending on your budget, there are plenty of different options, such as softwoods, hardwoods and modified woods such as Accoya®. When it comes to maintenance, more durable species or modified wood are good options with less regular upkeep required to keep your deck looking pristine all year round. Finally, don’t forget that sourcing environmentally friendly timber decking should always be on your radar, so look for the FSC® certification if in doubt.

Escape to the garden office

Escape to the garden office

There’s no doubt that COVID-19 has fundamentally changed the way we work. Although permanent home working is likely to be gradually replaced by a flexible hybrid office/home model as restrictions ease, there will still be thousands of us tapping away on laptops at home this year.  So, it’s no surprise that we’re seeing demand for garden offices soar as workers seek a quiet space outside away from the noise of the house.

Garden offices tend to be entirely separate from the house, fully insulated with heating and built for all weather conditions. Depending on space, they can range in size from a single person room to a fully kitted out office with a built-in kitchen and bathroom. Cheaper than a house extension, garden offices also come with significantly less environmental impact, particularly if built from or clad in sustainable timber.

Get outdoor cooking

Get outdoor cooking

A year of stay-at-home restrictions has elevated the need to fully maximise any outdoor space you may have, improving both functionality and aesthetics. According to Google Trends, searches for ‘outdoor kitchen ideas’ have surged by 60% in the UK since the start of the year, and they’re a great way to extend your available interior space for alfresco socialising with friends and family. If you’re missing that feeling of cooking outside on a barbecue in the early evening sunshine on holiday, this might be one for you.

Outdoor kitchens can be anything from a simple built-in barbecue to a full kitchen with a sink, preparation space and even a fridge. They can be built as a DIY job or made fully bespoke, but when buying make sure you consider durability just as you would with any outdoor furniture which may come under attack from the British weather.

Instead of more vulnerable materials like scaffolding wood, try a kitchen built with Accoya wood or Tricoya MDF board which have both been preserved through a unique acetylation process and will last far longer in wet (and dry) conditions – perfect for an outdoor kitchen that will last for many more summers to come!

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5 Ideas to Steal From These Gorgeous, On-Trend Exteriors, by HOUZZ

Boost your home’s kerb appeal with eye-catching materials, finishes and more

16.03.2021

A beautiful home exterior is like a welcoming smile, lifting your spirits whenever you pull into your driveway or walk up to the front door. Fresh cladding, a pretty new deck and gleaming windows and doors all have the power to put a big grin on your face — and to reduce maintenance. Read on for some inspiration for your own exterior renovation and pick up some material tips along the way.
1. Look to Nature

1. Look to Nature

Embrace the biophilic trend and celebrate your natural surroundings with an unpainted wood exterior. Add a clear coating to preserve the wood’s original hue or let it weather to a beautiful soft grey, as seen on this home in St. Joseph, Michigan. Its acetylated wood cladding pops against the black window frames and is low-maintenance, durable and resistant to rot, insects and fungi.

Acetylation is the process of modifying wood with a concentrated vinegar, “which makes it so that the wood doesn’t stay wet,” says Tim Svarczkopf, a technical manager at Accoya, a company that creates acetylated wood. It reduces the shrink and swell by 75% and allows Accoya to offer a 50-year warranty. “If the wood hardly swells and doesn’t rot for 50 years, the applications are virtually limitless,” Svarczkopf says.

2. Go Monochromatic

2. Go Monochromatic

Exude modern sophistication with a dramatic exterior in a single colour. Ideal for transitional-style homes, like the one seen here one in Bethesda, Maryland, it can work well for a multitude of aesthetics. The key is to vary the tones and textures to bring much-needed depth. The cladding seen here was charred using the ancient Japanese technique of shou sugi ban.

If painted wood is more your style, be sure to choose lumber that won’t swell or shrink too much — movement causes cracks. “The coating is going to last significantly longer that way,” says Ty McBride, a renovator in Oklahoma City. He uses acetylated wood — which is resistant to bowing, twisting and warping — for his projects, keeping maintenance and future repair costs to a minimum. Svarczkopf adds, “It can be used without maintenance of any kind and still not decay. If the owner wants the wood to look nice, they’ll likely want to clean it annually.”

3. Embrace Bold Minimalism

3. Embrace Bold Minimalism

Modern minimalist architecture, with its clean lines and simple colour palettes, continues to pop up in Houzz’s most-saved photos. Impressive use of volume, shape and contrasting materials — such as sleek metal and textural stone — adds visual interest and turns heads.

Acetylated wood decking brings visual warmth to the modern home in West Vancouver seen here, acting as a counterpoint to the expansive glass and rough concrete. While salt crystals may form on the planks, the coastal environment won’t have any effect on the wood itself, Svarczkopf says. The deck won’t splinter and can be enjoyed all year round with minimal upkeep. “Friends who use acetylated wood in coastal regions rave about it,” McBride says.

4. Opt for Expansive Glass

4. Opt for Expansive Glass

Let in the light with large glass doors and walls of floor-to-ceiling windows to create an airy, welcoming look both inside and out. This popular design trick will visually expand your home and connect you to nature and all of its soothing effects. Use glass or thin cable railings on decks to maintain clear views.

The house in Auckland, New Zealand, seen here fully embraces the trend with plenty of indoor-outdoor spaces. Its acetylated wood windows and doors help with insulation and keep energy bills down. The low-density material traps heat in air pockets, Svarczkopf says, stopping it from travelling quickly from the inside to the outside and vice versa. “The density is really great for thermal insulation,” McBride says. “It doesn’t conduct heat the same way as aluminium and vinyl.”

5. Combine Styles

5. Combine Styles

Mix contemporary and traditional styles for a new exterior look that’s all your own. “Sleek” and “simple” are the watchwords of this approach to help you avoid anything too mismatched. Think neutral hues, clean lines and minimal detailing. For example, consider one large picture window instead of multiple mullioned designs.

A modern addition imbues this shingled home in Bellport, New York, with fresh style while preserving its historic character. The new space features simple windows and charred acetylated-wood cladding, chosen for its durability and sustainability. Certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, among others, the cladding is fully biodegradable. “The waste isn’t going to impact the environment, as opposed to cement board, vinyl or aluminium,” McBride says. Svarczkopf notes, “It’s also a very fast-growing renewable resource and a carbon-sequestering product. The fact that it lasts for so long and needs less maintenance enhances the life cycle benefits.”

 

This story was written by the Houzz Sponsored Content team.

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Cross-laminated timber – Sustainable buildings to reach for the skies

Gone are the days where concrete and steel, with their considerable environmental costs, are the only building materials that can be used to erect skyscrapers. Modern techniques and one of the world’s original building materials mean high-rise buildings can be more sustainable than ever before.

05.01.2021

Cross-laminated timber

Wood is natural and renewable, and is now enjoying a renaissance with innovative engineering, modification and construction methods: it is unlocking new ways of thinking about constructing tall buildings across the world’s skyline.

Cross-laminated timber (or ‘CLT’) is one of the main engineered wood contributors to the creation of these new ‘plyscrapers’. Interlocking cross laminated timber panels are made by gluing layers of solid-sawn timber together, usually in alternating pattern of orientation to improve structural rigidity.  In very broad terms, it’s a bit like plywood but on a much larger, thicker and stronger scale.

CLT panels are strong enough to support high loads, much lighter than concrete and steel, and can even be cut to fit when on-site – including all the door and window openings.  This can make the actual construction phase easier to manage, quicker, and logistically a lot simpler.

First introduced in the 1990’s CLT or Cross-laminated timber enables architects or engineers to design and build tall, beautiful buildings, while still being kind to the environment too: as a wood product, it contains and locks in the carbon used by the original tree to grow, safely storing it in a solid useful form in the structure.

There are CLT projects all around the world. Here are just a few examples located in the United States: eight-story in Brooklyn, New York,  Carbon12 building in Portland, Oregon and a six-story dormitory at Rhode Island School of Design in Providence.

In CanadaNorwaySweden, UK and Australia, even taller wooden buildings are already in use.

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The Mjosa tower in Brumunddal, Norway is only 25 feet shorter than the Statue of Liberty! Credit: Metsä Group

Accoya wood

Accoya wood has often been used as a ‘perfect partner’ to mass timber buildings: complementing the interior and structural CLT frame with exterior surfaces and joinery that’s incredibly durable, dimensionally stable and resistant to the elements.  

Where the choice of materials was crucial and timber was selected and used, the following projects come to mind.

Christies Care Home - UK

Christies Care Home – UK

The entire structure of the building, including the external walls, is CLT timber combined with glulam columns and beams with Accoya external wall cladding. This project calculated to sequester 180 tonnes of carbon, which in terms of embodied energy, much more than offsets the transport from Austria.

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Wood City - Finland

Wood City – Finland

A new building complex, now known as ‘Wood City’, was built in downtown Helsinki, Finland. The complex was developed in two phases, with the first phase consisting of residential buildings and the second phase including a hotel, offices and a courtyard.  The buildings are eight stories tall and are fully constructed of wood, including the supporting structures from CLT. This makes the project distinctly different from others and Accoya has been selected as the wood of choice for the exterior cladding due to the project having sustainability at the forefront of its mind.

 

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Wilkinson Eyre Modular village - UK

Wilkinson Eyre Modular village – UK

Designed by WilkinsonEyre, the village can accommodate up to 50 students with visiting staff. The high-quality and energy efficient living pods are prefabricated from cross-laminated timber (CLT), Accoya and other materials for rapid on-site assembly. Arranged in units and rising two to three-stories to create a welcoming social space to the campus alongside the larger industrial buildings.

 

Read more about Wilkinson Eyre Modular village project. 

Sustainable building

Building without compromise, sustainability can be truly embedded in our buildings. The option is there to make our monuments to the skies into giant carbon stores instead of high embodied carbon-cost monoliths; to build our biggest buildings out of wooden CLT and Accoya instead of mined, refined and heavily processed aluminium, glass and concrete.

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Future trends by Accoya

How to make a statement using this versatile material

27.10.2020

Hot home exterior trends

Hot home exterior trends

Your home’s exterior says a lot about your style. Here’s a look at four home exterior trends we’re seeing.

1. Increased Use of Natural Wood

Home designers are increasingly using natural products like stone and wood – partly because they look good and partly because they want to use sustainable products. Accoya is made using FSC® certified, responsibly harvested wood. It is also non-toxic and contains no harmful chemicals.

Have fun with color

Have fun with color

2. Use of Color to Make a Statement

Natural wood is a hot look that is here to stay. For siding and decking, Accoya can be left to weather naturally, leaving a beautiful silver patina. Looking for something more dramatic? Coating your exterior is also a great option. Black and dark-gray exteriors are in right now. In fact, many designers are combining dark colors with natural wood for a stunning result. And interestingly, designers recognize that black can be used to make small structures look bigger.

Because Accoya is made from real wood, it lends itself well to paint or stain. It’s naturally light in color, giving you even more flexibility to be creative with color since it absorbs coatings well. Accoya readily accepts and retains dark colors, which means you won’t have to repaint or re-stain for years.

  • Can you stain Accoya? Yes! Many homeowners are going transparent, to retain that natural wood look, which fades to a lovely natural silver-gray patina. But if natural is not your thing, you can stain Accoya any color, even black, using either oil- or water-based stains.
  • Can you paint Accoya? Yes! Several designers have used bright, bold hues that help create a statement. Others have gone with classic white for that timeless, modern farmhouse look. You decide.
Make a statement with charred wood siding

Make a statement with charred wood siding

3. Using Texture to Make a Feel-Good Statement

One popular way to add texture and drama is with Shou Sugi Ban, a traditional Japanese art of charring wood. The process leaves a beautiful dark charcoal finish on Accoya that complements the wood grain. The practice is well-suited for cladding or siding options because it provides excellent durability that will stand up to the elements. You can use it all over your home, or just to create an eye-catching feature that will stand out from the rest of your home’s exterior.

Stand out with mixed materials

Stand out with mixed materials

4. Mix it Up

Don’t limit yourself; mixed materials are a hot trend. You can use Accoya wood with board-formed cement, brick, stone or stucco – even all of them if you’re feeling adventurous. Use with any design, from traditional to transitional, modern farmhouse to classic renovation… and everything in between.

So what are the biggest trends?

So, what are the biggest trends we see? That there are no hard and fast rules. That quality and authenticity counts, especially when it comes to the environment. And that no one wants to be a slave to maintenance.

If that’s what you’re seeing on your horizon, then look to Accoya. You can customize it with colors, coatings, textures and treatments to make a neighborhood statement that’s all yours.

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The sustainable outdoor kitchen

21.08.2020

A sustainable outdoor kitchen for the perfect holiday feeling at home

A sustainable outdoor kitchen for the perfect holiday feeling at home

The outdoor kitchen has been on the rise for years. Indeed in some circles, it is almost common to have one. Though why would an outdoor kitchen suit you?

The first reason is a simple one. Cooking indoors in the summer isn’t always pleasant when we have high temperatures. The second reason; it is much more fun to eat outside than inside. In the United Kingdom, this isn’t always possible due to our changing weather throughout the year but when you get the chance, you usually want to make the most of it. 

Practical and easy

Practical and easy

Nowadays, there is a choice of outdoor kitchens, so you can choose between a modern or classic style. Most outdoor kitchens consist of a grill, sink, preparation counter, sometimes a pizza oven and for those who want even more luxury, a bar and refrigerator. If you are interested in DIY, you can make it yourself, otherwise, there are enough specialists in this field to make an outdoor kitchen that is tailor-made for you. 

 

Materials

Materials

The materials of your outdoor kitchen must be able to survive well in all weather conditions. Scaffolding wood is a commonly used option but unfortunately not very durable due to its vulnerability to moisture. A more suitable material is Accoya wood or Medite Tricoya Extreme MDF board. This wood has been preserved through an environmentally friendly acetylation process so that it hardly shrinks or swells and has an outdoor warranty of 50 years against rot. This means that not only can you enjoy an environmentally friendly choice but your outdoor kitchen can be enjoyed by future generations. If you choose a countertop, then limestone is recommended for this. Granite is also a popular option (but more expensive). If you want to create a Mediterranean atmosphere, you can also opt for Portuguese concrete tiles. 

A healthier choice

A healthier choice

You might almost forget but cooking outside is healthier for us. If you cook indoors, the house can fill with food odours and warm fumes. Of course you won’t be bothered by that outside. In good weather, you don’t have to go indoors to cook a meal, while everybody else enjoys the outdoors. You can prepare and cook a meal on your outdoor kitchen alongside good company. It is also the belief of many that cooking and eating in the garden is just a bit more fun than indoors. With an outdoor kitchen, you also cook healthier because the ingredients are grilled directly above the heat source, without adding extra fat or oil. 

So, get the holiday feeling in your garden with an outdoor kitchen and surprise friends and family with the best dishes! 

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Black is Back! Charred timber cladding is all the rage amongst architects and designers

31.10.2019

Due to numerous beautiful realisations around the world, Shou sugi ban® is enjoying an increase in popularity.

Due to numerous beautiful realisations around the world, Shou sugi ban® is enjoying an increase in popularity.

In the last two years this ancient Japanese technique for black cladding has been rediscovered and is now reinventing the way modern constructions are using materials today, but what is Shou sugi ban?

Shou sugi ban is the traditional Japanese art of charring cedar, originally a way of preserving the wood, essentially making it more durable. Typically suited for cladding or siding options nowadays architects and designers from North America to Europe as well as Japan are specifying charred timber for a variety of applications, using different types of timber, with unique benefits.

Charred Accoya has now been added to the range of traditional timbers giving architects even more choice. Accoya a modified timber manufactured using Accsys’ proprietary acetylation process, delivers remarkable levels of stability, sustainability and durability. Exceeding the high quality and aesthetic attributes of tropical hardwoods, Accoya wood withstands the most extreme external environments.

Why Charred Accoya?

For some manufacturers Accoya is the preferred timber of choice. Due to Accoya’s outstanding stability, the charring process works well. Boards don’t twist, distort or warp when subjected to the charring, making it ideal for ease of installation on a building site.

Durability is not only enhanced when using Accoya but the charring prolongs any finish making it long lasting even with the additional stability of Accoya once in situ.

An additional feature of Accoya, a solid wood, is that the grain is emphasised much more than any other timber due to how well the process chars Accoya. The process makes it an attractive timber for cladding, siding and even internal feature walls.

Charred Accoya Timber Cladding has been used in several projects already. Take a look for yourself.

Traditionally charring timber until it turns to charcoal black was the only option but now manufacturers using this technology have broaden their range with added treatments/colours to achieve long lasting features. New techniques to enhance the timber’s aesthetics, offering traditional, highly charred black cladding, heavily textured looking timber in sleek and contemporary finishes is offering architects and designers the freedom to design whilst achieving the look and finish they desire.

See more charred Accoya projects here.

And have a look at where you could buy Accoya wood from today!

 

Shou Sugi Ban® is a registered Trade Mark in UK & EU owned by Exterior Solutions Ltd

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