Product Detail

Overview

Wolmanized® Outdoor® Wood combines the natural beauty of real wood with a limited warranty against termites and fungal decay. Treated with a copper-based preservative and an efficacious fungicide, this treated wood is ideal for applications including decks, retaining walls, fences, picnic tables, planter boxes, walkways, sill plate, and structural members.

 

PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS

Options

Various species allowed, all sizes of dimension lumber, treated and marked for various above-ground, ground-contact, and other applications.

Colours

Similar to untreated wood.

Warranty

Limited warranty for residential and many agricultural applications; extends for lifetime of original purchaser as long as he own structure. For more information, please click here.

Expected Life

The wood will resist damage from termites and fungi for decades. However, aesthetics considerations or changes in style may result in earlier replacement.

Indicative Costs

-     Cost of supply: varies by application, grade of lumber, and features, but treated wood is generally more economical than alternative building materials.

-     Cost of installation: varies by projects, but wood construction typically requires only common tools and skills, so installation is economical.

Purchase Options

Please contact manufacturers for more details on the nearest treated timber supplier.

Constituents

Based on 2” x 4’ (100mmx50mm)-8’ (200m) southern pine with 80% sapwood treated for Ground Contact (more stringent application):

-     Lumber: 99.6%

-     Copper: 0.3%

-     Azoles (either tebuconazole or blend of tebunconazole and prpiconazole)

Technical Specifications

Depending on the precise formulation details, Womanized® Outdoor® Wood meets standards of the American Wood Protection Association and Canadian Standards Association, and/or the ICC Evaluation Service. It has also earned the NAHB Research Center National Green Building Certification. 

National & International Standards

AWPA & CSA apply to formula CA-C (Wolman E dissolved copper) and µCA-C (Wolman E micronized copper)(pending). 

ICC-ES applies to formula CA-C.

ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System.

Country of Origin

Preservative chemicals: Atlanta, GA.

Projects

. Hayes deck        540 Woodmoore Court, Sandy Springs, GA

 

. Dold deck           4533 Meadowland Way, Flowery Branch, GA

 

. Lovvorn deck    663 Hemlock Trail, Canton, GA

 

. Hawkins deck   6235 Ivey Springs Chase, Cumming, GA

 

. Velez deck         391 Westside Drive, Roswell, GA

 

. Lebbos deck      2765 Townley Circle, Atlanta, GA

 

. Marksberry deck200 Camden Creek Court, Lawrenceville, GA

 

. Lewis deck         110 Wyndfield Place, Athens, GA

Preparation

Treated wood is used almost identical to ordinary wood. No special preparation is needed unless the wood is going to be painted or installed in an application in which the wood must first be allowed to dry out.

 

ECOSPECIFIER LIFE-CYCLE ASSESSMENT

INTEGRATED DESIGN AND POLICY ISSUES

This treated timber avoids the issues associated with an arsenic or chromium based treatment and extends the life of treated timber with minimum health or ecotoxicity issues.

The AWPA, CSA, and ICC-ES credentials mentioned above are recognised nationally and internationally.

HUMAN HEALTH

Health

IARC has classified untreated hardwood and hardwood/softwood mix wood dust as a Group 1 human carcinogen. The wood dust classification is based primarily on IARC's evaluation of increased risk in the occurrence of adenocarcinomas of the nasal cavities and paranasal sinuses associated with occupational exposures to untreated wood dust.  NTP has classified all untreated wood dust as a carcinogen. However, applying work safety guidelines can reduce the risks, such as wearing a dust mask to control inhalation of sawdust; wearing gloves when working with wood, wearing goggles to protect eyes from flying particles and washing after working with wood and before eating, drinking, toileting or using tobacco products.

The treated timber does not present any additional hazards than what are associated with untreated wood.

Comfort

There are no known direct impacts on comfort. However, use of treated wood for some applications (e.g., decks, walkways, playsets) can result in people getting greater enjoyment from the outdoors and spending more time outside.

Indoor Environment Quality

IEQ is largely irrelevant since very little of the product is used indoors – it is intended for exposed applications.

Electromagnetic Radiation

Not applicable.

Safety

Not applicable.

Accessibility

Not applicable.

 

ECOLOGICAL QUALITY

Terrestrial

Emissions – While it is generally recognized that copper is lost from treated wood in service the rate of loss varies over time. Release rates are highest immediately after installation and then decrease rapidly becoming asymptotic as wood ages. In the context of the long service life of treated wood, short-term releases are negligible because they are limited to a few months (e.g., the first 200 mm of rainfall, with nearly 1,000 mm of annual rainfall in a typical climate) after installation. (source:  Copper Leaching from Treated Wood, American Chemistry Council Copper Task Force, Unpublished Study, 2014).

During a fire, irritating and toxic gases may be generated by thermal decomposition or combustion. Hazardous combustion/decomposition products may include but are not limited to: Carbon monoxide. Carbon dioxide (CO2). Toxic gas. Nitrogen oxides (NOx)., Copper Fumes, Copper metal and Copper oxides. However, the MSDS clearly states that burning treated wood is not allowed. Refer to NFPA 654, Standard for the Prevention of Fire and Dust Explosions from the Manufacturing, Processing, and Handling of Combustible Particulate Solids, for safe handling.

Physical – In addition to enabling wood to last a long time or resist flames or mold, Wolmanized® Outdoor® Wood has the environmental and other advantages associated with wood itself.  For example, wood: (1) Is a renewable resource grown on managed timberlands. Trees remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, thus reducing greenhouse gases.  (2) Requires less energy to produce than alternative building materials; it is made from sunlight and soil nutrients, rather than fossil fuels.  (3) Offers greater insulation value than alternatives.  (4) Is lighter in weight, and can often be installed with lighter equipment which has less environmental impact.

Aquatic

Emissions –The use of tebuconazole or propiconazole in the preservative has associated Risk Phrases stating that it is toxic or very toxic to aquatic organisms. Thus, all downstream users should be notified of possible contamination if and when accidents happen.

Physical –  Not known.

Atmosphere

Greenhouse gas (GHG) – There is a low amount of energy required to manufacture wood products compared to alternative materials (steel, concrete). The ability of timber products to store absorbed carbon and emit minimal greenhouse gases during production is a major consideration. The carbon sequestered during the life cycle of timbers has the potential to offset the emissions from the use of the preservative and result in a carbon neutral producer even a carbon sink.

Greenhouse intensity – Information not available

Transport intensity Wolman® E is manufactured in USA.  Transporting the concentrated treatment chemicals is significantly more efficient than transporting finished treated timber. Local impregnation of lumber minimise greenhouse gas emissions associated with transport of timber products.

Table below provides land transportation greenhouse intensity figures to help calculate the greenhouse gas intensity of land transportation from shipping port.

Light commercial vehicle

Rigid Truck

Articulated Truck

0.001451kgCO2e / kg.km

0.000195kgCO2e / kg.km

0.000069kgCO2e / kg.km

Transport intensity figures sourced from Australian National Greenhouse Gas Inventory 1990, 1995 and 1999 and WWF International, Inland Navigations and Emissions, 2005.

Operational efficiency – N/A

Re-use Efficiency – Product may be suitable for re-use depending on length and context of initial use.

Toxics and Pollutants – Not known.

Ozone Depletion – Not known.

Urban Heat Island Effects – Not applicable.

Noise – N/A

 

Biodiversity

The use of wood preservatives prolongs the life of timber products thereby reducing pressure on timber resources.

This product assessment relates predominantly to the timber treatment.  Purchase of sustainably sourced and certified timber is a separate issue for the specifier/purchaser.

 

RESOURCE DEPLETION

Resource Efficiency

Preserved wood extends forest resources, allowing one tree to do the work of many. In addition to enabling wood to last a long time treated wood has all of the environmental and other advantages associated with wood itself. It is a renewable resource grown on managed timberlands. Trees remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, thus reducing greenhouse gases.  Wood requires less energy to produce than alternative building materials; it is made from sunlight and soil nutrients, rather than fossil fuels.  It offers greater insulation value than alternatives and is lighter in weight, and can often be installed with lighter equipment which has less environmental impact.

Embodied Fossil Fuel Energy

Embodied energy information for product is not available.

Transport intensity – Product is manufactured in USA and sold in USA and elsewhere. Local manufacture minimises embodied fossil fuel energy associated with international transport of products.

Embodied Water

Copper azole-treated lumber deck consumes 53.00L/functional unit of water (using a 320 square feet (approx 31m2) decking as a functional unit). According to a third-party accredited life cycle report provided by the manufacturer, this product reduces 75.71L/functional unit of water compared to wood plastic composite deck.

Durability

The preservative treatment enables ordinary wood species to resist damage from wood-destroying organisms (termites and decay fungi), thus extending its life significantly in exposed applications.

Reusability

When a deck or other project is dismantled after years of service and deteriorating appearance, the Wolmanized® Outdoor® Wood still has its resistance to termites and decay fungi. Therefore, the wood can still be effective in other applications where aesthetics are less important , such as driveway edging, retaining walls, or a planter box.

Repairability

Wood is readily repaired with common tools and widely held skills. Boards can be replaced, re-nailed or re-screwed. Decks can be enlarged, railings can be replaced.

Design for Dematerialisation

Not known.

Design for Disassembly

There was no design for disassembly, but wood inherently is fairly easy to take apart.

Recyclability

At the present time, there are no facilities or means for recycling old treated wood. Although the pesticide in treated wood may be toxic to certain organisms, treated wood is accepted for disposal in nearly all lined landfills. Like most other building materials and even old furniture, product should not be burned except in approved incinerators.

Maintenance

Maintenance is dictated by aesthetics; no maintenance is needed for performance. Typical cosmetic maintenance entails cleaning as needed and periodic coating with a water repellent or a stain that contains water repellent. Periodic cleaning can revive the colour of preserved lumber.

Product Takeback Scheme

No.

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)

No.

 

CORPORATE AND SOCIAL SUSTAINABILITY

Audits and Environmental Reporting

Yes. Lonza (parent company) and Lonza Wood Protection produce the preservative that protects this wood and oversee the quality control program that dictates production. Actual processing of the wood is done by licensed producers, some large and some small. Lonza has significant programs in place. Some of the licensees have sustainability managers and programs aimed at environmental enhancements. Others do not.

Convictions

None at Lonza, none known at any licensed producer.

Environmental Policy

Yes. Lonza has a substantial program, including an EHS policy. It is posted on the website; please click here.

Social Enhancement Programs

Yes. Lonza supports such programs; this is mostly not applicable to the regional licensed producers.

Technology Transfer Programs

Yes. As a result of Lonza expertise and business activities, Lonza wood treating technology is used around the world and is part of technology transfers for some products. This is mostly not applicable to the regional licensed producers.

Environmental Management Systems (EMS)

Yes. ISO 14001 is applied to part of the company, which consolidates the controlled and assured implementation of its quality, health and safety, security and environmental procedures. For more information, please click here.

ECOSPECIFIER ISSUES OF CONCERN / RED LIGHT

Red light comment

Note: Given that the purpose of the product is to preserve the timber from attack from various types of organisms, some degree of toxicity is required for this product to perform its purpose.

 

Due to the very limited amount of the above preservative chemicals that are used in product (<or = 0.1% by weight of the board), and the controlled environment in which the preservative is applied, the likelihood of risk to organisms or the environment is low. However, during manufacturing stage, care should be taken when handling or applying the substance, ensuring appropriate safety gear and control over application area meet the highest standards. All of the preservative chemicals are U.S. EPA-registered and their production, shipment, and use are regulated by EPA’s Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act. Procedures have been created, evaluated and updated by independent scientists.

 

ASSESSMENT COMPARISON

CCA treated timber.

Wood Plastic Composites, steel, concrete.

 

RELATED TOPICS

Timber, preservative.

sustainability criteria satisfied

Workplace OHS, Occupant Health, Human Wellbeing

Low/Reduced offgassing

Habitat & Biodiversity Conservation

Reduced terrestrial impacts

Air Pollution

Reduced or no toxicity through life cycle

Reduced smog-forming potential

Energy Resources

Reduced embodied energy

Other Vital Signs

Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)

Independent LCA

Expert Assessment