Renewables Impact Award
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.