Accoya® wood, the high performance wood designed for outdoor use and challenging applications, has been recognised once again for its environmental credentials and sustainable long life by the prestigious Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM Products Program.
The Gold certificate was re-awarded to Accoya wood as it is completely non-toxic, has a sustainable sourcing strategy, and meets strict requirements for renewable energy use in production.
Accoya wood combines this recognised sustainability with equal or better performance than non-renewable, carbon intensive materials from the techno-cycle, such as PVC and aluminium. With sustainable sourcing, long life and easy reusability or recyclability, Accoya wood is a perfect fit for the circular economy and bio-cycle ideals behind the certification.
The Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Product Standard recognises commitment to the circular economy philosophy, and authoritatively highlights the importance of products with a positive impact on the environment.
Products are reassessed every two years, and Accoya wood has now been successfully recertified until August 2021, having been Cradle to Cradle Certified™ at the Gold level since 2010.
A separate classification and certificate has also be issued in the category of Material Health. The Material Health Certificate focuses on:
- Knowing more about chemicals in products and supply chains
- Avoiding chemicals of concern and shifting to inherently safer chemicals
- Making a commitment to continual improvement towards greener chemistry
Accoya wood has again had its Platinum status for Material Health reconfirmed. This is the highest level of certification possible, indicating that the product has been thoroughly tested and it contains no toxic elements that could harm human health or the environment.
Pablo Van der Lugt, Head of Sustainability for Accsys, manufacturer of Accoya wood, commented:
“We are happy that Accoya wood is again awarded the highest possible score with respect to Material Health: Platinum, and we have maintained the highest score for any structural building material: Gold, since 2010! This again proves that, with Accoya, we offer a fully non-toxic, carbon negative, biobased material to replace high performance, highly CO2 producing synthetic materials from the techno-cycle, without compromising on performance. It is for this reason that Accoya is applied in the most prestigious circular economy building projects worldwide, such as Park2020 near Schiphol and Venlo City Hall”
With over 90 years of research to prove Accoya’s reliability, this chemically modified timber boasts outstanding levels of sustainability, durability and stability. The manufacturing process of acetylation produces long-lasting, high-performance wood with excellent environmental credentials, and no need for harmful chemicals or deforestation. The high quality and aesthetics of tropical hardwoods is exceeded by Accoya’s added capacity to withstand most extreme external environments, without switching to competing non-renewable materials.
Accoya wood is available to buy around the world. For further information please visit www.accoya.com