Accoya helps restore 19th century Glasshouse to former glory
Three Glasshouses in the world renowned gardens of Fota House have been restored to their former glory with the use of Accoya® wood. The restoration project was commissioned by the Irish Heritage Trust after its purchase of the estate in 2007.
The 19th century property in Cork, Ireland, had been abandoned almost 40 years ago and had deteriorated to a virtual ruin. Fota House is located just outside the city of Cork, near to Cork Harbour, where constantly changing weather conditions have a heavy impact on local buildings. Accoya® wood, supplied by Abbey Woods, was selected as the material of choice for the restoration of the glasshouses due to its renowned Class 1 durability and stability in all weather conditions.Read more
This architect-owned private house near Glenrothes, Fife, used approximately 30m2 Accoya® wood profiled facade cladding and was completed in July 2006. The cladding was factory coated with translucent Sikkens Natural Balance coating system, backed by an industry-first 10 year guarantee for cladding and giving a smooth contemporary finish.
After 4.5 years, the cladding shows no sign of decay, despite the property's far northern latitude and 10km proximity to the sea. The coating continues to perform well, with no blistering or cracks. The slightly dirty appearance of the cladding is due to tree sap from surrounding trees but the owner reports that this is simply and easily washed off.Read more
Jubilee Community Center
The Jubilee Center is a community center for senior citizens and after-school care kids located in Jubilee Park, South Dallas, Texas. Primarily financed by the T. Boone Pickens Foundation and other generous supporters, the building was designed by Brent A. Brown Architects - a firm focused on sustainability. The Jubilee Center is clad entirely of Accoya® siding which was chosen for its strong environmental credentials and performance benefits. Accoya® wood's exceptional durability provided significant leeway to the unique design of the building, included perfectly aligned, 45 degree mitre cuts on all corners of the building.Read more
Foch Street Office Building
The Foch Street office building located in Fort Worth, Texas was designed by Cunningham Architects, a small firm committed to sustainable design. The project made use of two existing buildings and integrated a new building between them. The previously standing brick building used sustainable Accoya® wood on the upper lap siding. The new building used Accoya® wood as rain screens. Due to the benefits of Accoya® wood's solar conductivity, the rain screens provide an aesthetically pleasing solution to keeping cool in the hot Texas sun.Read more
Solar Decathlon, University of Florida
Accoya® wood was chosen for the solar screen on the University of Florida's Project RE:FOCUS home in the Solar Decathlon Europe 2010 competition in Madrid Spain. Designed entirely by the university's architecture students, Project RE:Focus home blended innovative architecture with sustainable materials to create a zero-energy home. Strong architectural elements include a covered open porch with a breezeway oriented to the prevailing wind and of course, the Accoya® adjustable exterior screens which allows the homeowner to control privacy or utilize natural daylight, thus reducing energy consumption. The Project RE:FOCUS house made quite an impact with both judges and the general public by winning the prestigious Public Choice award and winning second place overall in the Energy Balance category and first place in the Communications category.Read more
Sneek Bridge, Netherlands
The city of Sneek in the Provence of Friesland in the Netherlands has a rich maritime heritage and required a landmark entrance. Architects, Hans Achterbosh's design representing an upturned fishing boat became the Sneek Bridge. Made of glue laminated Accoya® wood, the 40 metre long two lane bridge was required to have a minimum 80 lifespan and carry road traffic up to 65 tonnes. Due to it's outstanding durability, Accoya® wood was up to the challenge. Because the Accoya® wooden bridge was so successful, a second, slightly smaller bridge was commissioned.Read more