|The ecolabel demonstrates Accoya’s market leadership in product transparency
(DALLAS – December 7, 2017) – Accoya wood, the world’s leading high-performance wood manufactured by Accsys Technologies, announces that it is now recognized under the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) Declare label. Declare, an ingredients label for building products, is a transparency tool to help architects and other specifiers make informed choices regarding sustainable and healthy material use in green buildings.
Accoya wood has achieved the declaration status of “Red List Free,” deeming its product ingredients are 100% disclosed to 100 ppm and do not contain any chemicals on the Red List thereby meeting the LEED v4 Material Ingredient credit, Option 1 reporting requirements.
“Through our voluntary efforts, we are proud to announce this important recognition,” said John Alexander, sales director at Accsys Group. “From the very beginning, we have been committed to complete transparency and environmental stewardship in the built environment.”
In addition to a Red List Free status, the Accoya wood Declare label shows it is made >99.5% from FSC certified, rapidly renewable Radiata Pine; has a life span of more than 50 years; and proves no limitations for End of Life as it is recyclable and biodegradable/compostable.
The Declare label was created to support the Sustainable Material requirements of the Living Building Challenge, an international Green Building Philosophy that is gaining traction because of its rigor, holistic views and transparency.
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 boasts 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 also Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Gold and is a healthy materials standard for Google’s Portico.
Accoya wood is available through worldwide network of distributors. For more information, visit www.accoya.com.
Accsys Technologies is an environmental science and technology company that produces Accoya® wood (www.accoya.com), the world’s leading high technology wood made using a nontoxic 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 Certified™ Gold level. Accsys Technologies has offices in England; Arnhem, the Netherlands; and Dallas, Texas, USA.
The International Living Future Institute is an environmental NGO committed to catalyzing the transformation toward communities that are socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative. ILFI is premised on the belief that providing a compelling vision for the future is a fundamental requirement for reconciling humanity’s relationship with the natural world. ILFI operates the Living Building Challenge, the built environment’s most rigorous performance standard, and Declare, an ingredients label for building materials. It houses the Cascadia Green Building Council and Ecotone Publishing.
Accoya® and the Trimarque Device are registered trademarks owned by Titan Wood Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Accsys Technologies PLC, and may not be used or reproduced without written permission.