DALLAS – Accoya wood exhibited its high-performance treated wood at IWF 2016 in Atlanta in August, showcasing its technology in key projects around the world. Accoya says its modification process differs from others in that the lumber is transformed to the core, allowing woodworkers to machine, coat, and glue like normal wood.
Accoya, which is converted from radiata pine using the acetylation process developed by Accsys Technologies. The Accoya wood has been compared to hardwoods for its machinability, and requires no special tools for crosscutting, ripping, planing, routing, or drilling.
Delta Millwork's Shou Sugi Ban finishing of Accoya wood
Also during the show, Accoya showed the adoption of Accoya by Delta Millworks, Austin, Texas, which finishes the lumber using a traditional Japanese flame technique, Shou Sugi Ban. Delta Millworks approached Accoya wood in hopes they could apply an authentic Shou Sugi Ban technique to create a beautiful, sustainable finish unlike any others offered in the industry. Accoya teamed with Delta Millworks to develop an array of finishes that preserve the benefits and aesthetics of traditional Shou Sugi Ban, but which is adaptable to contemporary architecture.
The wood, produced by Accsys Technologies, has been used successfully in a range of high-profile woodworking applications across the world, including:
Accoya Custom Replacement Windows
• College of William & Mary, Chandler Hall
Accoya in Siding and Facades
• Commercial buildings including 2175 Market in San Franciso
• National accounts including Super Chix, Arlington, Texas and Applebee’s in Dallas, Texas
Accoya wood warrants a 50-year above ground and 25-year below ground warranty and swelling and shrinkage are reduced by 75 percent or more. The material is sourced from FSC-certified forests and is Cradle to Cradle Gold certified.
“Accoya wood has been used in some of the most extreme applications, including a submerged pedestrian bridge, docks, and coastal siding, outdoor furniture and cabinetry, windows, and doors,” says Laura Ladd, head of marketing at Accsys Technologies.
Accoya wood is manufactured using Accsys Technologies’ proprietary acetylation process to create the nontoxic high performance wood product. The modification process chemically alters the wood’s free hydroxyls into stable acetyl groups. Acetyl groups are naturally present in all wood species, which means that nothing toxic is added. The altered cell structure of the wood makes it an unrecognizable food source for insects and prevents fungal decay.
Accoya Wood is available through worldwide network of distributors. www.accoya.com.
Accsys Technologies is an environmental science and technology company that produces Accoya wood, the world’s leading high technology wood made using a non-toxic patented process that effectively converts sustainably grown softwoods and non-durable hardwoods into a high performance wood that is beautiful, durable, stable and sustainable wood product. It has been recognized with many environmental certifications and awards, including MBDC’s Cradle-to-Cradle Gold level. Accsys Technologies has offices in England; Arnhem, the Netherlands; and Dallas, Texas, USA. www.accsysplc.com
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