Accoya Modified Wood Helps Green Home Project In Bid To Achieve Platinum LEED Certification
06 11 13 Engineered Wood Products
Builders looking for a sustainable, environmentally friendly product may want to consider Accoya® wood, which matches or exceeds the durability and stability of the very best tropical hardwoods. Accoya, made from fast-growing softwoods, was introduced to the North American market in 2008. The process used to make Accoya is called acetylation, which has been studied for over 80 years. Accsys Technologies, the makers of Accoya wood, built its production facility in 2007.
Engineered wood materials are manufactured products that utilize strands, particles, fibers, and veneers of wood to produce a range of different types of products. Readily available at lumber yards, these products are cut to length in the field, similar to dimensional lumber. The application of engineered wood products is also similar to that of dimensional lumber; however, each offers its own performance and manufacturing advantages. Engineered wood products also have some disadvantages in comparison to dimensional lumber. They have less fire resistant, require more energy to manufacture, have adhesives that can potentially release toxins into the environment, and are prone to moisture damage. Engineered wood products are often used as columns, beams, girders, joists, purlins, rafters, studs and bracing.