Until now, using wood in damp external conditions for structural applications has been a real challenge, chiefly because of the risk of fungal attack. The most effective preservatives are by definition toxic and so have environmental issues both in use and disposal. While there are a few species of wood with good natural resistance to fungal attack, they are often difficult to glue and only have a comparatively limited life. Additionally, such species are often of tropical origin and sustainably sourced supplies are becoming increasingly limited. As a result, other materials will often be used instead. With Accoya®, all that can now change.
Accoya offers the potential to use wood in completely new structural applications, formerly the preserve of steel and concrete. View a selection of structural projects which have used Accoya.
Accoya is able to withstand damp conditions and as a result, it is an excellent choice for landscape timbers, bridges and canals. Accoya was the structural wood of choice for exciting builds such as Moses Bridge, Bergen’s floating bridge and Canal lining in the Netherlands. Other projects which demonstrate Accoya’s suitability for structural applications are The Sneek Heavy Road Traffic Bridge and Dunsmore house where Accoya beams have been used instead of concrete foundations.