El Puerto Estación Marítima de Vilanova de Arousa, diseñado para satisfacer las necesidades de los usuarios de servicios marítimos, cuenta con nuevas instalaciones, un área de almacenamiento, una cocina y un bar. El edificio está compuesto por un revestimiento vertical realizado en madera Accoya que le aporta la apariencia de una caja de madera. La extraordinaria durabilidad y fiabilidad estructural que proporciona Accoya fueron los factores clave que contribuyeron a que el edificio recibiera un certificado de garantía de revestimiento de cinco años de duración, mientras Accsys Technologies garantiza el revestimiento de Accoya durante otros 50 años.
En Valencia, la Escuela Carolina, una cooperativa educativa para estudiantes de primaria y secundaria, ha sido ampliada con nuevas clases y oficinas en 2013 con una fachada de listones de Accoya. El arquitecto español Pablo Ribero eligió la madera de Accoya debido a su bajo mantenimiento, estabilidad dimensional y durabilidad.
Habitualmente, proyectos como este son un verdadero desafío, ya que el clima cambiante y la exposición constante a condiciones climáticas extremas de sequedad y humedad presentan dificultades obvias. Accoya supera estos problemas potenciales gracias a las propiedades mediante la aplicación de acetilación.
Accoya es uno de los productos de madera modificada más avanzados del mercado en cuanto a rendimiento, estabilidad y durabilidad. El proceso de modificación, conocido como acetilación, crea una barrera contra los insectos y reduce la susceptibilidad de la madera a mermarse, hincharse, pudrirse y deteriorarse. La madera Accoya iguala en principio las propiedades de las maderas tropicales, con credenciales medioambientales certificadas por FSC®, posee la certificación «Cradle to Cradle Gold» y, tal y como demuestran las pruebas independientes realizadas, tiene una huella de carbono negativa en los marcos de ventanas.
Cada vez más, Accoya se está utilizando en climas cálidos, secos y con una radiación UV intensa, así como en áreas expuestas a una humedad extrema.
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Accsys Technologies PLC (www.accsysplc.com ) is an environmental science and technology company whose primary focus is on the production of Accoya® wood and technology licensing via its 100% owned subsidiary, Titan Wood Limited (trading as Accsys Technologies). Accsys Technologies has manufacturing operations in Arnhem, the Netherlands, a European office in Windsor and an American office in Dallas, Texas. Accsys Technologies PLC is listed on the London Stock Exchange AIM market, and on Euronext Amsterdam by NYSE Euronext, under the symbols 'AXS'. Accsys' operations comprise three principal business units: (i) Accoya® wood production; (ii) technology development, focused on a programme of continuous development and improvements to the process engineering and operating protocols for the acetylation of solid wood and the development of technology for the acetylation of wood elements; and (iii) the licensing of technology for the production of Accoya® wood and Tricoya® wood elements across the globe.
Wood Acetylation is a process which increases the amount of 'acetyl' molecules in wood, thereby changing its physical properties. The process protects wood from rot by making it "inedible" to most micro-organisms and fungi, without - unlike conventional treatments - making it toxic. It also greatly reduces the wood's tendency to swell and shrink, making it less prone to cracking and ensuring that, when painted, it requires dramatically reduced maintenance.
Accoya® wood (www.accoya.com ) is produced using Accsys’ proprietary patented process that effectively converts sustainably grown softwoods and non-durable hardwoods into what is best described as a "high technology wood". Distinguished by its durability, dimensional stability and, perhaps most importantly of all, its reliability (in terms of consistency of both supply and quality), Accoya® wood is particularly suited to exterior applications where performance and appearance are valued. Unlike most tropical and temperate hardwoods, its colour does not degrade when exposed to ultraviolet light. Moreover, the Accoya® wood production process does not compromise the wood's strength or machinability. The combination of UV resistance, dimensional stability, durability and retained strength means that Accoya® wood offers a wealth of new opportunities to architects, designers and specifiers. For marine uses where weight is also important, Accoya® wood for the first time provides boat builders with a wood that is strong, lightweight, durable and retains its natural beauty for far longer. These benefits result in lower maintenance and total cost of ownership while using a higher sustainable and environmental responsible building material. For a full archive of Accoya® news, visit www.accoya.com/news.asp.
Tricoya® Wood Elements (www.tricoya.com ) are produced using Accsys’ proprietary technology for the acetylation of wood chips and particles and are used in the fabrication of wood based composites, including panel products. These composites demonstrate enhanced durability and dimensional stability which allow them to be used in a variety of applications that were once limited to solid wood or man-made products. Tricoya® Wood Elements are lauded as the first major innovation in the wood composites industry in more than 30 years.
Medite Europe Ltd. (www.medite-europe.com ) is part of Coillte Panel Products and owned by Coillte, the Irish forestry and forest products company. Medite products are recognised as the benchmark for quality, consistency and performance in MDF, as well as being Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified. Medite has led the market in technical innovation, introducing such advances as moisture resistant, flame retardant, exterior grade, zero-added formaldehyde and flooring quality MDF varieties, and their programme of innovation is continuous.
Coillte Panel Products (www.coillte.ie ) is a significant and powerful player in Europe’s composite board marketplace. Its brands Medite MDF and SmartPly OSB are FSC certified which differentiates them from many competitor and substitute products, and enables them to meet environmental standards which are becoming increasingly important to designers, specifiers, architects and clients for both public and private projects.
Camco (www.camcoglobal.com ) is a leading international climate change and sustainable development company that has been providing strategic, technical and financial services in this field for more than 20 years. They work closely with major companies worldwide, establishing partnerships to turn clients’ climate change liabilities into economic, social and environmental assets. As one component of their diverse service offerings, Camco have undertaken over 1,000 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions assessments in line with current best practice in GHG quantification and reporting. These assessments cover all six Kyoto greenhouse gases and encompass Scopes 1, 2 & 3 emissions sources in line with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and World Resources Institute’s (WBCSD/WRI) Greenhouse Gas Reporting Protocol best practice guidelines.
MBDC (www.mbdc.com ). Since 1995, McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC) has been engaging large and small companies with the challenge of industry to scientifically evaluate and design materials and products according to these principles. In response to industry demand, MBDC is now offering companies the chance to have their materials and products not only evaluated, but also certified according to the Cradle to CradleSM Principles.
Scion (www.scionresearch.com) Scion is a New Zealand Crown Research Institute that undertakes research, science and technology development in forestry, wood products, biomaterials and bioenergy. Scion's work contributes to beneficial economic, environmental and social outcomes for New Zealand. Formerly the NZ Forest Research Institute, Scion employs approximately 340 people and has its head office in Rotorua.
BRE (www.bre.co.uk) is an independent and impartial, research-based consultancy, testing and training organisation, offering expertise in every aspect of the built environment and associated industries. We help clients create better, safer and more sustainable products, buildings, communities and businesses - and we support the innovation needed to achieve this.
TRADA ( www.trada.co.uk Timber research and development association) based in High Wycombe, UK has conducted independent tests on a range of timbers to assess the coating performance. Once again Accoya® excelled in this trial due to its high level of durability, rot resistance, excellent coating retention and overall performance.