Kebony, the provider of sustainable wood has won the Architectural Products award for product innovation.
The awards honour innovation in the development and refinement of buildings-related products that range from cladding systems to interior finishes. Kebony won in the woods, plastics and composites category, recognised by the judges for the extraordinary innovation in the development of the Kebony technology.
Judged by a group of 50 independent industry professionals, the awards program is a mechanism to impartially review products and award those which pose a creative and rational solution to the everyday problems faced by workers in the industry.
Kebony is created using furfuryl alcohol, a by-product of farming of sugar cane, to transform sustainable soft woods into durable woods with the performance and aesthetics of the best tropical hardwoods.
With the addition of heat stable polymers are permanently grafted into the wood cell wall resulting in greatly improved hardness, durability and dimensional stability. The wood is made strong and resistant to microbiological decay and harsh weather conditions without the need for expensive and environmentally-damaging chemical treatments.
The auspicious win for Kebony comes as the company continues to develop its diverse project and product portfolio, most recently in a collaboration with developers Bliss for a contemporary eco-house at Holt, Norfolk and a minimalist set of designer cutlery produced by Scandinavian company Wahl & Ross.
The award will add to Kebony’s growing collection which includes two wins at the Best Business Awards, four inclusions in the Global Cleantech 100, the Ethical Corporation Award and the Tech Pioneer by World Economic Forum. The company continues to go from strength to strength as its progressive technology paves the way for a sustainably timber-clad future.
Adrian Pye, International Sales Director at Kebony commented “We have observed an increasing demand for an environmentally friendly high-performance wood with the attributes of the best tropical hardwoods. Innovation is at the very core of Kebony’s functionality and what sets it apart from other treated timber products.”
Jim Crockett, Editorial Director at Architectural Products Magazine, commented “Building on the success of last year’s program, our fourth edition of the awards proves commercial building manufacturers are committed to, and are working arduously toward, delivering more sustainable products, as well as products that deliver better performance, life and affordability.”
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