Environmental Announcement

12/4/2007

YellaWood® Brand Products with MicroPro™ Receive Coveted Environmental Certification

ABBEVILLE, ALA. – The Osmose® MicroPro™ preservative system used in YellaWood® brand products has been certified by Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) as an Environmentally Preferable Product (EPP). SCS is a third-party certification, services-and-standards development company that has been recognized as the leader in green building product certification since 1990. This marks the first time a wood preservative system has received this rigorous certification.

“This certification is a major environmental achievement, especially since no other preservative system has it,” said Jimmy Rane, President and CEO of Great Southern Wood Preserving, Inc. “Yet the certification itself is only a part of the story of the tremendous environmental success represented by this preservative system.”

Unlike current copper-based wood preservatives, the MicroPro™ technology system does not use organic solvents to dissolve the copper component. Instead, it utilizes patent-pending micronizing technology to grind copper particles so small that they can penetrate into the wood in solid form. Wood products treated with this preservative system, such as YellaWood® brand products from Great Southern Wood, offer consumer benefits of low corrosion to metal fasteners, approval for aluminum contact, and better painting and staining qualities because of the wood’s lighter color, when compared to current copper-based wood treatments.

The unique production process results in the reduction of an estimated 20,000 tons or more of greenhouse gas emissions each year based on annual production levels. (This is equivalent to the annual emissions of approximately 2,200 SUVs.) Because the formulation is more concentrated, it requires fewer trucks to transport the preservative when compared to other wood treatment products. Fewer trucks mean reduced pollutants from tailpipe emissions, and as a result, reduced contribution to acid rain, smog, soot, and oceanic acidification.

Paul Goydan, President of Osmose, Inc., stated, “The EPP certification by SCS further highlights the MicroPro™ technology’s unique and important consumer benefits. Having EPP-certified pressure treated wood products available is a positive step forward for our industry, retailers, builders, and consumers who are increasingly demanding building materials that are certified for their environmental excellence.”

EPP guidelines published by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) require that such products have reduced impacts on human health and the environment when compared to other products that serve the same purpose.

Stan Rhodes, SCS President, stated, “In conducting this certification, SCS examined a broad range of potential environmental impacts. The MicroPro™ wood preservative system from Osmose has set a new benchmark of environmental performance for wood preservatives.”

MicroPro™ Treatment Technology Highlights and Environmentally Preferable Product (EPP) Benefits>/b>

  • First and Only Wood Preservative System to Receive EPP Status – The MicroPro™ technology used to treat YellaWood® brand products is the first and only wood preservative system to be EPP (Environmentally Preferable Product) certified by Scientific Certification Systems.
  • U.S. EPA – EPP guidelines require that such products have reduced impacts on human health and the environment when compared to other products that serve the same purpose.
  • Reduced Energy Use – The preservative system reduces total energy use by approximately 80% and greatly reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
  • No Environmental Impacts from Copper – The copper in wood products treated with the preservative system bonds readily to organic matter in the soil. Result: the copper becomes biologically inactive, thus causing no eco-toxic or other environmental impacts.
  • Largely Eliminates Copper Releases – Wood products treated with the preservative system result in the release of 90% to 99% less copper into aquatic and terrestrial environments when compared to standard treated wood products.
  • Reduced Air Emissions – The solution containing the copper preservative formula is more concentrated than the industry standard. As a result, fewer trucks are required for transport. Fewer trucks, combined with the absence of monoethanolamine (MEA) in the production process, result in a reduction of air pollutants from tailpipe emissions and associated impacts, including: soot, nitrous oxide, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), particulate matter, and reduced impacts of acid rain, smog, and oceanic acidification.
  • Reduced Greenhouse Gas Emissions – The absence of MEA in the production process, combined with the reduced use of fuel and fewer trucks, means that using MicroPro™ technology in lieu of standard wood treatment formulations reduces an estimated 20,000 tons or more of greenhouse gas emissions each year. (This is equivalent to the annual emissions of approximately 2,200 SUVs.)
To find out more about EPP certification, visit SCS online.