A wood preservative system developed by Osmose has become the first pressure-treated technology to be recognized by the Scientific Certification Systems (SCS), an independent, third-party agency that evaluates products using EPA guidelines.
The Osmose technology, called MicroPro, received the SCS’s “Environmentally Preferable Product.” Specifically, the SCS mentioned MicroPro’s reduction of energy use and greenhouse gas emissions when compared to standard wood treatment processes.
MicroPro uses a micronizing technology to grind copper particles so that they penetrate wood without the use of organic solvents. Stan Rhodes, SCS president, described the process as “a new benchmark of environmental performance for wood preservatives.”
The MicroPro system is currently being used by 54 wood treating companies, and more than 2,400 home centers and lumberyards sell MicroPro-treated lumber, according to Osmose. The Lumber Yard, a nine-unit chain based in York, Pa., was one of the first to introduce the product.
“The response has been tremendous, said Geoff Brown, president of The Lumber Yard, in a prepared statement. “Our home-building and contractor customers are asking us more and more to provide them with green building materials.”