Futurewood looks like timber but is made from recycled HDPE (industrial and post consumer waste), rice husks and recycled hardwood timber, making it much more ecologically sustainable than timber. Futurewood does not require painting, does not rot, splinter or lose its colour – making it economically a better long term building option.
The architects on the Innova Townhouse project had originally specified an exotic rainforest timber for this project. But when the cost of ongoing maintenance was discussed, and the body corporate realised they would be footing the bill, the low maintenance appeal of Futurewood wood plastic composite material made it an obvious choice for their building needs.
In specifiying rainforest timber for the Innova project, it was estimated the maintenance costs would be extreme due to the complexity involved in safely preparing and recoating each area at height, not to mention the disruption of amenity to the building’s residents during this process.
Working closely with the builder Ducon Construction, the Futurewood team worked through a range of options, coming up with a solution that included a custom made profile and a custom colour and finish that satisfied both the developer and the architect. The Innova project featured Futurewood’s EnviroSlat in 3 different profiles, in the colour 'wood’, with a natural coarse sanded finish.
Initially there was some concern that the project would be held up due to the design and material changes. However the new designs were submitted, tooling completed and the finished product delivered to site by Futurewood within a matter of months, demonstrating Futurewood’s commitment to providing a level of service required to meet all of the stakeholders needs.
The Futurewood product range also includes weatherproof cladding, decorative cladding, decking, fencing and slatting all made from wood plastic composite material that is comprised of up to 90 percent recycled or reclaimed content.
To view the entire Futurewood product range visit www.futurewood.com.au