Accoya, the modified wood produced by Accsys Technologies, has been specified for the cladding of a giant replica of Noah’s Ark in Williamstown, Kentucky in the United States. Source: Timberbiz
Answers in Genesis (AiG) is the organisation funding the one-of-a-kind attraction, Ark Encounter, for the purpose of presenting a number of biblical events on a full-size, all-wood Ark.
Officially opened on 7 July 2016, Ark Encounter is one of the largest ‘green’ construction projects in the US.
The architects, engineers, and construction managers work for Troyer Group – One Source, a firm charged with the management of sustainable building projects in the US.
Troyer Group specified 300 to 400 m3 of Accoya to act as cladding for the ark’s timber frame.
Accoya was selected for its environmental credentials as well as its high-quality and aesthetic attributes. The product is sourced from FSC certified and sustainable forests making it the ideal wood product for the ambitious project.
“We were impressed with Accoya’s credentials – the product is fully carbon neutral, extremely durable in exterior applications and both reusable and recyclable,” Todd Geer, vice president at Troyer Group – One Source said.
“Accoya has been recognised for its environmental standards worldwide, so we were very interested in using Accoya to help build the country’s very own Noah’s Ark.”
Laura Ladd, head of marketing at Accsys Technologies said: “The Ark Encounter project is an exciting and creative building project. I am thrilled that the Troyer Group chose Accoya to turn the project vision into a reality.
“Accoya has been widely used for innovative construction projects throughout the world. This project represents the largest order of Accoya wood in the US, and demonstrates why Accoya outshines its competitor wood products.”
Manufactured using Accsys Technologies propriety acetylation technology, Accoya is a superior wood product. It performs to high standards, delivering stability, sustainability and durability.
Accoya also boasts excellent environmental credentials by using wood sourced from FSC certified and sustainable forests.
Accoya wood is distributed through Agora, Britton Timber, M%& Building Products and Matthews Timber in Australia.
Recent field and lab testing conducted by the Australian Forest Research Company (AFRC) in Melbourne shows that Accoya offers exceptional durability against termite and fungal decay. Accoya was assessed alongside a range of high density hardwoods, including Western Red Cedar.