||The main objective of the Action is to concentrate on the contribution of wood durability to sustainability through the development of systems for quality assurance and performance classification of ‘modified wood and wood products’ as alternatives to wood treated with traditional preservatives. By this the Action seeks to improve and consequently to increase the cost-effective use of components manufactured from sustainably produced European timber, wood-based fibre, and recycled raw materials. |
Sustainability contributions from wood durability depend upon the development and adoption into practice of new environmentally sensitive treatment technologies. This in turn needs scaling up of different non-biocidal measures including biological control processes for the protection of wood. Such technologies are coming to the market and a focus is also needed on reducing toxic wastes and impacts on consumers' health, as well as on reducing the risk of workers safety and impacts on local communities. The action has been making a significant contribution to developing these new technologies.