Renewables Im­pact Award

Element - - Sustainable Businesses -

Win­ner: Abodo Wood

In our quest to make our homes warm and dry, we can sur­round our­selves with ma­te­ri­als that aren’t good for the en­vi­ron­ment.

Typ­i­cal tim­ber ex­te­ri­ors can be un­sus­tain­ably sourced and chem­i­cally treated with toxic preser­va­tives, which means that if they are re­placed they need to go to land­fill for dis­posal.

Abodo Wood ap­plied Euro­pean ther­mal tech­nol­ogy to New Zealand-grown pi­nus ra­di­ata to pro­duce cladding that is more stable than com­pa­ra­ble pine weath­er­boards, but it can be mulched or burned at end of life rather than hav­ing to be sent off to land­fill.

Mar­ket­ing man­ager Daniel Gud­sell says rather than soak pine boards in cop­per, chromium and ar­senic, Abodo bakes them in a spe­cial oven.

The fin­ished prod­uct is no longer at­trac­tive to mould and fun­gus, making it suit­able for cladding.

“It’s twice as stable as nor­mal pine, it shrinks and swells less and it’s nat­u­rally durable,” says Gud­sell, who adds it’s not for struc­tural use.

Abodo boards come in slightly cheaper than cedar im­ported from Canada, for those who want a clear wood look with brown colour and nat­u­ral sta­bil­ity, and there are also pre-painted boards.

Gud­sell says it has good acous­tic prop­er­ties and 20% bet­ter ther­mal per­for­mance than nor­mal pine.

Abodo Wood is ex­port­ing its prod­uct to Asia, In­dia, Europe and Aus­tralia.

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