ATLANTA—The Forest Products Society (FPS), a non-profit technical association of the forest products industry, bestowed its 2015 Engineering Innovation Award on modified wood pioneer Accsys Technologies in recognition of excellence in the discipline of wood engineering at the FPS International Convention in Atlanta today. The award, granted every three years, honors companies that have made a measurable and significant impact on the field of wood engineering, with specific contributions that have reached the marketplace or offer high potential to do so.
“Accsys is to be commended on its advancement of the industry and the field of wood engineering,” said Craig McKinney, executive director of the Forest Products Society, in a statement to Accsys.
Accsys Technologies’ Accoya wood represents a significant breakthrough in the lumber industry. The wood undergoes a proprietary modification process called acetylation that renders it an unrecognizable food source to insects and prevents fungal decay, while its dimensional stability reduces swelling and shrinkage by up to 75%. The Cradle-to-Cradle Gold-certified product has been used in some of the world’s most extreme conditions, including joinery applications, submerged pedestrian bridges, commercial decks, structural applications such as vehicular bridges, and more.
“The inventors, researchers, and manufacturers at Accsys Technologies have worked hard to develop a product that delivers the beauty and sustainability of wood but with improved performance. As a result, we’re expanding the possibilities for how wood products can be considered and used,” said Paul Clegg, CEO for Accsys Technologies. “We are tremendously grateful to receive this recognition from the Forest Products Society. It’s an honor to our team and a tribute to their efforts to make an impact on the industry at large.”
The award comes with a $500 honorarium sponsored by the American Wood Council. Accsys Technologies has requested the honorarium be donated to the Forest Products Society’s Student Scholarship Fund, which provides financial assistance to student and post-doctoral members to attend the international convention.
Past winners of the award include Equilibrium Consulting; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; and KPFF Consulting Engineers. For more information on the award, click here.