Sunstrand is dedicated to providing sustainable solutions for our innovative customers.
Use of eco-friendly materials is not new to the building materials industry. In fact, there is even a mechanism to track the level of ‘green’ a building achieves through the LEED certification process. High demand for wood fiber-reinforced composites for use in decking, fencing, molding, and trim makes the construction materials industry the largest user of biocomposites in the U.S. Wood fiber-reinforced composites are considered desirable substitutes for wood in these applications due to their low maintenance costs and resistance to weathering, stains, and warping. While more expensive than treated wood, they are relatively inexpensive compared to other fiber-reinforced composites. The North American market for wood-plastic composites reached 1.1 million tons of output in 2012 and is currently growing at an annual rate of approximately 8-13%.
Over the past decade, the construction industry has been continuously evolving toward sustainable solutions and environmentally conscious building. With constant innovation, Sunstrand is prepared to not only supply materials toward a more sustainable building process, but provide innovative solutions to homeowners, contractors, builders, designers, and architects. By 2021, we expect a global demand of over $3.5 billion for natural fiber composites in the building and construction industry. With thousands of applications of natural fibers, Sunstrand is prepared to be the supply chain solution for your company, taking the building and construction industry to the highest level of efficiency and sustainability. Our natural fibers can be utilized in the manufacturing of railings, decking, door panels, window frames, structural beams, and other building materials.
Our sustainable materials enable the fabrication of large and biodegradable structures that also have a reduced amount of weight, embodied energy and CO2 offset. These advantages often translate into cost-effectiveness, in an industry where around 70% of the total cost is for raw materials.
As the public demands environmental consciousness, more and more government regulations require sustainable building practices. Sunstrand materials contribute to LEED certification and keep structures in line with eco-friendly protocols.
Non-wood natural fibers, such as those produced by Sunstrand, can be used in these applications as well as substitutes for many of the wood-fiber composite currently being used in building materials. However, there are many other opportunities to use non-wood natural fibers in the building industry.
Our impact doesn’t end simply as a supplier of sustainable materials. Taking full advantage of the thermal and acoustic properties of fibers such as hemp, kenaf, and flax, we offer a Natural Fiber Insulation as a sustainable alternative to traditional synthetic insulation materials. Sunstrand has also developed CoreBoard, made with large hemp particles, bringing an alternative to typical substrates that can be used in furniture, cabinetry, wall partitions, decorative panels and more. These products also contribute to LEED certification, allowing Sunstrand to make your home and workplace sustainable.