Why the environment will love your new Accoya® windows
Choosing Accoya for your home not only gives you the reassurance of a superior, high performance wood with a 50 year above ground guarantee, but it also empowers you to make sustainable choices for the environment.
- Reduced carbon footprint
Our Accoya wood conforms to recognised industry sustainability standards for carbon footprint assessment and sourcing, so you can be rest assured that we’re considering our environmental impact every step of the way.
What’s more, the lifetime carbon footprint of Accoya wood (which includes sourcing, harvesting, processing and curing) is CO2 negative over its life cycle which is significantly better than aluminium, PVC and unsustainably sourced hardwood. With Accoya wood windows and doors coatings last twice as long as traditional wooden alternatives, meaning less hassle and expense for you, and a lower life-span impact on the environment.
- Sustainable raw product
Made from fast-growing Radiata Pine harvested from FSC® certified plantations, Accoya wood is not only much more sustainable than fossil fuel based materials, but is one of the most sustainable of all wood products available for windows and doors.
Radiata Pine has a high annual yield compared to other wood species, in particular to slow growing hardwood, and is rapidly renewable. In fact, Accoya is actively sourced from locations where favourable environmental conditions support an even faster growth rate (28-year growth period in New Zealand compared with 80 years in cooler parts of the world).
Accoya wood is transported from plantation to our plant in the Netherlands and then onto UK joiners to bring you long lasting stable windows designed to last. The vast majority of this transport is by sea – one of the most efficient and environmentally friendly forms of transport. By way of example, the carbon footprint of our entire shipping process would be the same as transporting material just 300 kilometres by truck.
- Non-toxic manufacturing process
The Accoya process adds no extra chemicals to the wood and works by changing the wood’s molecular makeup. This means, unlike many plastic-based materials, it is completely non-toxic. It has also achieved certifications from several environmentally focused organisations and presents no risk to environmental or human health.
Even at the end of its life cycle, Accoya wood can be disposed of in the same way as raw wood, saving emissions caused by burning fossil fuels like oil, gas or coal and landfill from non-biodegradable PVC or aluminium products.Back to all articles