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on August 19, 2014 12:30 pm EDT
Sustainable Alternative to Hardwood Now Available in U.S. Market
A durable new building material promises the aesthetic of tropical hardwood without the environmental consequences.
Kebony develops a natural silver patina after exposure to sun and rain. Here, the durable material as shown at a marina in St. Joseph, Mich. Image courtesy of Kebony.
Developed in Norway, the Kebony technology is an environmentally friendly, patented process that enhances the properties of non-durable softwoods with a bio-based liquid.
Kebony is a highly durable, sustainable wood that reportedly delivers the aesthetic and performance of tropical hardwoods, yet requires minimal maintenance, brings low life cycle costs, is non-toxic, dimensionally stable, and delivers good compression strength.
Developed in Norway, the Kebony technology is an environmentally friendly, patented process that enhances the properties of non-durable softwoods with a bio-based liquid. As a result, the wood’s cell structure is permanently modified to adopt premium characteristics, Kebony reports.
Suitable for interior and exterior applications, Kebony can be used for:
• indoor floor
• design projects
Recognized as “Technology Pioneer 2014” by the World Economic Forum and Global Cleantech Tech 100, Kebony has been embraced by leading architects and developers internationally, the company reports, and is served through a global sales and distribution network.
Kebony is available in Scots Pine, Southern Yellow Pine (SYP), Radiata, and Maple. Delivered in a deep brown, Kebony develops a natural silver patina after exposure to sun and rain. Performance is maintained while beauty is enhanced, according to the company. Kebony offers both finished and rough sawn products.
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