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Eco‐efficient wood protection: Furfurylated wood as alternative to traditional wood preservation

Stig Lande (Wood Polymer Technologies ASA, Oslo, Norway)
Mats Westin (SP – Swedish National Testing and Research Institute, Borås, Sweden)
Marc H. Schneider (University of New Brunswick and Woodtech Incorporated, New Brunswick, Canada)

Management of Environmental Quality

ISSN: 1477-7835

Article publication date: 1 October 2004



This paper aims to show the potential decay resistance of furfurylated wood and investigate possible eco‐toxicity of such materials produced. This paper deals with the environmental aspects and durability of furfurylated wood, both laboratory and field tests are included in the investigations. Results from several decay tests, emission analysis studies and ecotox tests are presented. The results show that furfurylated wood is highly decay resistant. Furthermore, no significant increase in eco‐toxicity of leaching water was found and degradation through combustion does not release any volatile organic compounds or poly‐aromatic hydrocarbons above normal levels for wood combustion. Durability enhancement by furfurylation of wood is not believed to be harmful to the environment. Wood modified with furfuryl alcohol, “furfurylated wood”, is currently being marketed as a non‐toxic alternative to traditional preservative treated wood (wood impregnated with biocides). This paper summarises much of the long term exposure of furfurylated wood ever caried out, and present the first eco‐tox tests on such material ever done.



Lande, S., Westin, M. and Schneider, M.H. (2004), "Eco‐efficient wood protection: Furfurylated wood as alternative to traditional wood preservation", Management of Environmental Quality, Vol. 15 No. 5, pp. 529-540.



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