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Accoya is the brand name of a high technology wood, created via acetylation wood modification process, using sustainably grown timber. The manufacturers claim that "it is a wood that matches or exceeds the durability, stability and beauty of tropical hardwoods"
The Accoya wood production process takes fast growing softwood and creates a new product.
Accoya wood gives environmental advantages over slow-growing hardwoods (which might be unsustainably sourced), woods treated with toxic chemicals, and non-renewable carbon-intensive materials such as plastics, metals and concrete.
In May 2008 Accoya wood was featured on a live version of the Channel 4 program Grand Designs presented by British designer, Kevin McCloud. The challenge was to build a sustainable house in just one week, using traditional techniques and materials in conjunction with modern technology. Once completed, the house was dismantled to be re-erected for display at the Building Research Establishment  (BRE) Innovation Park in Watford.
It has been used in the building of road bridges, the largest of which opened in the Netherlands in autumn 2008 to support two lanes of traffic across a 30 metre span, which has a design life of 80 years.
Accoya wood is inspected by notified certification body, SKH (Netherlands) , within the KOMO guidelines for modified wood, in accordance with assessment directive BRL 0605.
It has passed tests and accreditations including Gold Standard Cradle to Cradle, which can be noted at the "Accoya wood" website.