Accoya Climate Action
A sustainable building material
The buildings and construction sector are estimated to account for nearly 40% of global carbon emissions*. Accoya wood provides unrivalled benefits for carbon storage in the built environment making it one of the few truly sustainable building materials.
The trees used to make Accoya, sequester carbon from the atmosphere, converting it into carbon-based sugars necessary for the tree to grow.
We use acetic anhydride to transform water-loving hydroxyl groups into water-repelling acetyl groups, resulting in improved performance with no harmful additives. Acetylation significantly increases the durability of the wood, thus extending carbon storage of the original tree.
Carbon lifecycle impacts
Non-renewable alternatives to timber in buildings, such as steel, concrete and plastic are often made of increasingly scarce metals and minerals and are particularly carbon-intensive to manufacture. In the search for sustainable building materials Accoya makes a high performing alternative to these carbon hungry options.
Accoya wood is a low-carbon building solution that simultaneously avoids the depletion of finite resources and stores carbon throughout its lifespan.
The size of these benefits depends on the materials displaced by Accoya wood, but can be substantial. Emissions data associated with Accoya wood, from sourcing raw materials to the final product, is published through Accoya’s Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs).
Product stability and climate resilience
Greener buildings shouldn’t compromise on performance or lifespan.
The end result of acetylation is a fiercely durable wood that can withstand the test of any climate with minimal maintenance. With a significantly extended lifespan, Accoya wood reduces the strain on slow growing hardwoods that are becoming increasingly scarce and can contribute to the deforestation of tropical forests, and typical softwoods which are unable to compete when it comes to performance or durability.
Beyond durability, Accoya wood provides thermal insulation with conductivity superior to softwood by 8% and hardwood by up to 30%. Say hello to a highly versatile building material that excels in various external applications. Head to our Benefits page to discover more advantages of using Accoya wood in your next building project.
Where to Buy
You can buy Accoya and Accoya products from our selection of distributors or manufacturers in your region. Use our map search tool to find your nearest Accoya supplier.