Koppers Celebrates Ten Years of Commercial Production

Koppers Performance Chemicals’ MicroPro, Micronized Copper wood preservative technology, celebrates ten years of commercial production.

Today, treated wood products using the micronized copper preservative system represent the majority of treated wood sold into residential and agricultural markets in the U.S.  The Koppers’ MicroPro technology is a patented system and is also sold in Canada, Europe, Scandinavia, New Zealand, Australia, Asia and in Central and South America. The Koppers’ micronized copper preservative system is an American Wood Protection Association (AWPA) standardized wood preservative. In addition, MicroPro treated wood products, as described in the International Code Council (ICC Evaluation Services Inc. ESR-2240), meet all major model building code requirements. Wood products treated with the MicroPro wood preservative can be used in above ground (UC3B), ground contact (UC4A) and critical ground contact (UC4B) end use applications.

The Koppers’ micronizing technology is also used to produce color pigment stains, mold inhibitors and other additives that benefit treated wood. The MicroPro treated wood process is the only wood preservative system with all these third party environmental and green certifications such as the Scientific Certification Systems’ Environmentally Preferable Product (EPP) Certification, Underwriters Laboratories GREENGUARD GOLD Certification,and the Home Innovation NGBS Green Certification. Since its commercial introduction in 2007, over 20 Billion board feet have been treated with the micronized copper preservative.

Tom G Horvat

U.S. Marketing Manager

Koppers Performance Chemicals | 1016 Everee Inn Road | Griffin, GA 30224 | United States

T: +1 770 233 4222 | F: +1 770 229 5225

Choosing the correct wood for your outdoor project

Choosing the correct wood for your outdoor project, by: Lonza Wood Protection

This past year the wood preserving industry took a bold stance on quality when the American Wood Protection Association (AWPA) voted to require higher amounts of preservative for wood used in many applications. The AWPA, an organization comprised of individuals from all facets of the wood protection industry that sets standards for wood preservation and treated wood, updated its standards to require wood treated to Ground Contact retentions be used in many physically above-ground applications, including when:

  • soil or other debris may build up and stay in contact with the wood
  • insufficient ventilation does not allow air circulation around wood
  • material is installed <6 inches above the ground on permeable building materials
  • material is installed in contact with non-durable untreated or older construction with evidence of decay
  • wood is subject to frequent or recurring wetting
  • located in tropical climates
  • the wood is both:

— difficult to maintain, repair or replace and

— critical to the performance and safety of the entire system

Building codes require that preserved wood comply with these standards and the installer must decide if these conditions are present, select, and install the correct material for the project.  The wood preserving industry and many retailers have helped implement these standards by switching inventories of lumber in sizes commonly used for structural parts of decks to Ground Contact retentions. Some retailers have switched all lumber, including decking and railing, to Ground Contact retentions. These changes benefit builders and consumers by removing the guesswork from the decision process. Buyers can focus on their project rather than deciding if they need to purchase Ground Contact wood.

“It is important,” says, Jay Hilsenbeck, chemist and residential product specialist from Lonza Wood Protection, “to educate builders, contractors, and DIYers so they know what wood to choose for their project. During Deck Safety Month® we focus on deck inspections, but we should also focus on quality and proper construction practices before construction begins. The builder should consider the deck surroundings. For a deck built close to the ground, for example, Ground Contact retentions would be required under the new AWPA guidelines.”

The contractor should also consider what parts of the deck (joists, beams, ledger boards, posts) are important to sustain the structure and are more expensive or time-consuming to repair after the project is complete. The contractor and homeowner should work together to discuss the environmental conditions such as if the deck will be subject to constant wetting from a pool or sprinklers or if there will be debris build-up.

With that knowledge, contractors and homeowners can have peace-of-mind that they have chosen the appropriate preserved wood for the project. Contractors can offer their clients the confidence that they are providing a durable outdoor living space for their homeowner clients to enjoy for many years.

Each May, during Deck Safety Month®, homeowners can focus on evaluating the items in the deck safety checklist, knowing their deck was built using the right preserved wood.

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Why Treated Wood?

Or, would it be better to ask, Why Not Treated Wood?

Brought to you by Lonza Wood Protection

Why Wood?

Wood products are everywhere. And it’s no wonder. Wood is, after all, nature’s sustainable building block that comes from an abundant natural resource easily and quickly replenished. It has excellent workability in all aspects of construction and, when preserved and used properly, can be designed to create outdoor living spaces that bring the inside out.

Wood is a sustainable product that is responsibly sourced from managed forest lands. That means trees used in the building industry come from forests grown as crops – much like corn or soy is grown. They are harvested. The land is left to rest for a few months. Then it is replanted at the rate of 400 trees per acre. The forest is maintained and cared for 30+ years before it is harvested. Managed forest lands are in different stages of growth so that not all the forest is harvested at one time.  Between forests, sawmills, and product manufacturers, every part of the tree is used for everything from poles, piling and dimensional lumber to pulp for paper mills, bedding for animals, and mulch for gardens.

Why Treated Wood?

When lumber goes through the treatment process, it is enhanced with preservative that helps it last longer while maintaining its natural beauty. Used for more than 100 years, treated wood makes the ideal building material for backyard projects. Because of its ease of use, do-it-yourselfers across the country have picked up a hammer, drill, nails and screws to complete weekend projects like decks, picnic tables, raised bed planters, retaining walls and more.

For more complicated projects, contractors and builders also choose treated wood because it looks beautiful, is affordable, and is easy to work with and maintain. In fact, its natural beauty enriches the backyard landscape making it an easy sell to homeowners.

Maintaining Treated Wood.

Maintenance on decks and other backyard projects can be likened to maintenance on a car. Oil changes are necessary and should be done regularly. Similarly, homeowners can easily and inexpensively perform maintenance on their decks. Recommendations include cleaning and applying a surface water repellent every couple of years to keep the deck looking beautiful for years.

If left alone, wood weathers to a warm gray, giving a project the time-worn look that is in demand with many homeowners. However, for projects to maintain that just-bought appearance, staining every few years is recommended. And, unlike composites, if lumber gets scratched by everyday use it can be easily repaired by sanding and staining.

Use Treated Wood.

Treated wood is a naturally beautiful building material that is easy to use and manipulate by contractors and do-it-yourselfers alike. Once a project is built, with little future maintenance, the homeowner can enjoy an enhanced quality of outdoor living for years.

Learn more: www.WolmanizedWood.com

84 Lumber® Introduces Ecolife®

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 17, 2017
Charlotte, North Carolina

Contact:   Christopher Kollwitz
800-421-8661      
productinfo@viance.net
 
 

84 Lumber® Introduces Ecolife® for Above Ground Treated Wood

84 Lumber® Co., one of the nation’s leading lumber dealers, is now selling Ecolife® Stabilized Weather-Resistant Wood for above ground applications in decks, fencing and similar projects.  Ecolife® integrates a wood preservative with a built-in stabilizer that keep boards straighter and resists twisting, warping, cracking and checking.

Ecolife® is fully compliant with American Wood Protection Association (AWPA) standards and International Building Code (IBC®) and International Residential Code (IRC®) codes for most deck projects.  Viance, the producer of Ecolife®, offers a Lifetime Limited Warranty on above ground preservative treatment, which includes wood framing members that are critical to the safety and performance of the structure, including joists and beams.

For common deck applications, Ecolife® is a more cost-effective option when compared to products treated for ground contact use, and is still the best option for outdoor projects when used appropriately.

Deck builders, code enforcement officials and homeowners can learn more about Ecolife® and Code Compliant above ground treated wood at www.treatedwood.com/options. Contact your local 84 Lumber® store for Ecolife® availability.

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About 84 Lumber®:

Founded in 1956, 84 Lumber® Company is the nation’s leading privately held supplier of building materials, manufactured components, and industry-leading services for single- and multi-family residences and commercial buildings. 84 Lumber® operates more than 250 stores, component manufacturing plants, custom door shops, custom millwork shops, and engineered wood product (EWP) centers in 30 states, representing the top 130 markets in the country. 84 Lumber® also offers professional residential and commercial contractors turn-key installed services for a variety of products including framing, insulation, siding, windows, roofing, decking, and drywall. A certified women’s business enterprise owned by Maggie Hardy Magerko, 84 Lumber® was named as one of Forbes’ Best Midsize Employers in America 2016 and Forbes’ Largest Private Companies in America 2016. For more information, please visit www.84lumber.com.

About Viance, LLC:

Providing an extensive range of advanced wood treatment technologies and services to the global wood treatment industry, with an expertise in wood biocides and wood protection chemicals, Viance LLC is an industry leader in the development of advanced building material solutions that improve the performance and durability of wood and wood products for sustainable building. Viance is a joint venture between the Huntsman Corporation and the Dow Chemical Company.

Preserving and enhancing the performance of wood products creates one of the world’s most sustainable building products by extending the Life-Cycle of the worlds timber resources, reducing energy requirements, landfill waste, and fewer greenhouse gas emissions than its non-renewable counterparts. For more information about Viance treated wood solutions, visit www.Treatedwood.com or call 1-800-421-8661. Viance, LLC, 8001 IBM Drive, Charlotte, NC 28262

About Dow:
Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company is driving innovations that extract value from material, polymer, chemical and biological science to help address many of the world’s most challenging problems, such as the need for fresh food, safer and more sustainable transportation, clean water, energy efficiency, more durable infrastructure, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow’s integrated, market-driven portfolio delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in 175 countries and in high-growth sectors such as packaging, infrastructure, transportation, consumer care, electronics, and agriculture. In 2016, Dow had annual sales of $48 billion and employed approximately 56,000 people worldwide. The Company’s more than 7,000 product families are manufactured at 189 sites in 34 countries across the globe. References to “Dow” or the “Company” mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at
www.dow.com.

About Huntsman:
Huntsman Corporation is a publicly traded global manufacturer and marketer of differentiated chemicals with 2016 revenues of approximately $10 billion.  Our chemical products number in the thousands and are sold worldwide to manufacturers serving a broad and diverse range of consumer and industrial end markets. We operate more than 100 manufacturing and R&D facilities in approximately 30 countries and employ approximately 15,000 associates within our 5 distinct business divisions including the Pigments and Additives division that we intend to spin-off as Venator Materials Corporation. For more information about Huntsman, please visit the company’s website at
 www.huntsman.com.

Forward-Looking Statements:
Statements in this release that are not historical are forward-looking statements. These statements are based on management’s current beliefs and expectations. The forward-looking statements in this release are subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances and involve risks and uncertainties that may affect the company’s operations, markets, products, services, prices and other factors as discussed in the Dow or Huntsman companies’ filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Significant risks and uncertainties may relate to, but are not limited to, financial, economic, competitive, environmental, political, legal, regulatory and technological factors. The companies assume no obligation to provide revisions to any forward-looking statements should circumstances change, except as otherwise required by applicable laws.

Koppers’, Todd Greer talks about AWPA Modifications

It was great to meet and speak directly with NADRA members at the Atlanta meeting. We look forward to working with the organization, and encouraging communication within our industry. Koppers believes it is important to provide a unified source of information for deck building professionals to learn more about the use of treated wood products and technologies.

The main reason for the new Standard change is to address misuse of ABOVE GROUND treated wood products.  ABOVE GROUND treated products shall not be used in ground contact, or subjected to hazards comparable to ground contact. If components such as a deck joist, or support beam are critical to the performance and safety of the system and would be difficult to maintain, repair or replace, then those components shall be treated to GROUND CONTACT Standard. ABOVE GROUND treated wood products, regardless of the preservative system, will perform only in “above ground” end use applications. Applying a little bit of common sense and good judgment will in most cases, lead to the logical and safest conclusion; that joists and beams in the majority of decks and fresh water docks should be treated to the GROUND CONTACT Standard.

  • In February of this year, the American Wood Protection Association (AWPA) passed a U1 Standard change affecting above ground and ground contact treated wood products.
  • This Standard change officially became effective in July 2016, when the AWPA Book of Standards was published.
  • The new Standard change is affecting treated wood purchasing practices of home centers and lumberyards throughout the U.S. Many retailers are now ordering ground contact treated 2” lumber and decking to meet the new requirements.
  • The new AWPA Standard change is not confusing or hard to apply.
  • The AWPA Book of Standards states, “AWPA Standard U1 is the primary standard for specifiers, such as architects and engineers, but also for end users and building code officials. This Standard contains the information needed by specifiers in order to select a product that best suits their needs.”
  • The AWPA Standard change establishes new guidelines for when wood shall be treated to the UC4A Ground Contact General Use category in situations that simulate ground contact, such as:
  • When there is a reasonable expectation that soil, vegetation, leaf litter or other debris may build up and remain in contact with the component.
  • When the construction itself, other structures or anticipated vegetation growth will not allow air flow to circulate underneath the construction and between decking boards.
  • When components are installed less than six inches above ground (final grade after landscaping) and supported on permeable building materials (e.g. treated wood or concrete).
  • When components are in direct contact with non-durable untreated wood, or any older construction with any evidence of decay.
  • When components are wetted on a frequent or reoccurring basis (e.g. on a freshwater floating dock or by a watering system)
  • When components are used in tropical climates.
  • In addition, the new AWPA Standard states that above ground wood components, including joists and beams for decks and fresh water docks, shall be treated to Ground Contact UC4A when they would be:
  • Difficult to maintain, repair, or replace; and
  • Critical to the performance and safety of the entire system.
  • Applying a little bit of common sense and good judgment will, in most cases, will lead to the logical — and safest — conclusion that joists and beams in the majority of decks and fresh water docks shall be treated to the Ground Contact Standard.
  • The bottom line is that if a deck joist and/or a support beam are critical to the performance and safety of the system and would be difficult to maintain, repair or replace, then wood treated to the Ground Contact Standard shall be used.
  • Above Ground treated wood products, regardless of the preservative system, will perform only in “above ground” end use applications.
  • The main reason for the new Standard change is to address misuse of above ground treated wood used in ground contact or in applications that are physically above ground but are subject to hazards comparable to ground contact exposures or are used in applications involving components that are critical to safety and performance and will be difficult to maintain, repair or replace.
  • The new Standard change will help address the misuse of above ground treated wood products.

To learn more, please visit: www.kopperspc.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Todd Greer

Todd Greer is the Director of North American Sales and Service for Koppers Performance Chemicals. His experience in the treated lumber industry includes 21 years with Timber Products Inspection, both in the field and in management of several programs.  Todd joined the Koppers team to focus on Customer Development and Quality Control.

Viance’s, Chris Kollwitz talks about AWPA Modifications

We wanted to thank the entire NADRA organization for the opportunity to meet with some of the leading deck builders in the industry, at NADRA’s regional meeting in Atlanta.

As beautiful custom wood framed decks and outdoor projects are constructed by NADRA members, they should be guided by the latest, most accurate information available.

Recent updates to the 2016 American Wood Protection Association (AWPA) Use Category System for treated wood, which include modifications to the section that outlines proper applications of Above Ground (UC3B) and Ground Contact (UC4A) treated wood, are causing some confusion in the industry.

Unfortunately, some retailers and wood treatment companies have misinterpreted the language to mean that only ground contact lumber meets the updated AWPA Use Category System standard for deck framing applications. That is not the case.

When it comes to residential decks projects, here’s what you need to know.

  • Despite what some in the industry are communicating, the AWPA U1 Use Category System (UCS), and the IRC® and IBC® building codes continue to allow Above Ground (UC3B) treated wood for common deck applications.
  • There is NO requirement to use Ground Contact materials for ALL Above Ground decks.
  • Above Ground (UC3B) wood treated under the AWPA U1 standards remains Code Compliant for deck framing, joists, beams, decking surfaces and railing systems, while using the appropriate amount of preservatives required to protect the wood from decay and termite attack.
  • Look for the CheckMark® on treated wood end tags. Only wood treated to the AWPA standards is third-party inspected and bears the CheckMark® of quality on end tags. Be sure to use products endorsed with the CheckMark logo.
  • Viance has reaffirmed its warranty coverage on treated wood products, and will continue to extend the terms of its Lifetime Limited Warranty for Above Ground (UC3B) treated wood products when used properly.
  • The preservative levels required to meet the AWPA UC4A ground contact standard not only increases the likelihood of higher project expense through more expensive wood, it also increases the chemical needed to complete projects. Above ground treated wood remains code compliant for most common decking applications while using the appropriate amount of preservative to ensure performance. Why use more chemicals than necessary?

To learn more about the revisions to the AWPA-UCS standard and why Above Ground treatments are still the best choice in treated wood, visit www.treatedwood.com/options. Viance is an ICC Preferred Education Provider and offers an accredited Continuing Education Course (CEU) course: Code Compliant Treated Wood for Residential Deck Construction

We are happy to review any questions you may have, email them to codequestions@viance.net.

Thank you

Chris Kollwitz

Christopher Kollwitz

Viance – Treated Wood Solutions

Director of Marketing

NADRA member since 2009

Contact Info:

Email: ckollwitz@viance.net

Office: 800-421-8661

 Over 30 Years Building Products Sales and Marketing with a focus on process improvement, product training, merchandising, events and business development programs.

  • 8 Years with Hechinger Co. in Washington DC
  • 14 years with Georgia-Pacific Building Products
  • 8 years with Viance – Treated Wood Solutions.
  • Currently responsible for the development and management of Viance marketing initiatives and execution.