Alowood Recognized by Architectural Record as one of 2007's Most Innovative New Building Products

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Alowood, an organically hardened and colored wood offering an environmentally responsible alternative to scarce and expensive hardwoods, was recently recognized by Architectural Record as one of 2007's most innovative new building products.

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Alowood, an organically hardened and colored wood offering an environmentally responsible alternative to scarce and expensive hardwoods, was recently recognized by Architectural Record as one of 2007's most innovative new building products. Alowood was chosen for this honor by a group of product experts assembled by Architectural Record; including architects, lighting designers, and product designers.

Juror's were swayed by products that are "beautiful with a purpose," or "that embrace the use of technology together with something performative." writes Rita Catinella Orrell, products editor for Architectural Record. Alowood is featured as one of 14 products in the "Metals, Woods, Plastics & Composites" division in the publication's 35th Annual Product Reports.

Alowood replaces expensive, high-demand, or increasingly scarce hardwoods such as ebony, rosewood, and walnut, using a relatively simple process. Starting with plantation-grown, sustainable lumber, the wood is organically hardened and colored throughout with the patented Everdex technology. A starch-based additive is forced into the wood using vacuum and pressure infusion; the wood is then thermally cured, permanently locking in the additive. The result is a natural wood that is denser, stronger, and harder than the original wood, and can be produced in virtually any color.

The Architectural Record Product Reports are included in the publication's December 2007 issue.

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About Verdant Wood Technologies Inc.
Verdant Wood Technologies Inc. is a worldwide leader in modification and enhancement technologies for wood products. Headquartered in Ferndale, Wash., Verdant was one of the early pioneers in fire retardant technologies for wood products, operating as Chemco Inc. The company's proprietary Everdex technology is a process that utilizes vacuum and pressure injection technology to replace air and moisture in wood with a natural starch based additive. Everdex and Alowood are manufactured and distributed through EverTech LLC, a division of Verdant Wood Technologies. For more information, visit http://www.verdantwood.com.

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