Wood preservation and wood adhesives have been integral in the use of timber in wood construction for many years. Changes in regulations and legislation over the last 20 years have significantly restricted the use of hazardous chemicals, and a wider interest in less toxic, or entirely non chemical, methods has emerged. As engineered wood products grow in popularity and use, so the need for appropriate preservative formulations and adhesives grows too.
Timber requires less energy than any other building material to convert it to a finished component.
Chemical preservation is now applied in controlled factory conditions to protect the environment and water supplies.
Priority should always be given to good design and detailing over the need for preservative treatment. The move from solvent-based to water-based wood finishes eliminates greenhouse gas emissions during both production and service life.
Preservative and adhesive use are increasingly subject to tight environmental legislation, as well as health and safety and building regulations.