Kebony wood selected for the world’s first Quiet Mark Treehouse
Kebony has been working with Blue Forest Luxury Treehouses, John Lewis and Quiet Mark to develop an ambitious tree home made from Kebony wood, the sustainable alternative to tropical hardwood. The Quiet Treehouse featured at the Ideal Home Show from 14th – 30th March 2014 at London’s Earls Court.
The treehouse is built from Kebony, a sustainable alternative to tropical hardwood and toxic treated timber. The technology behind the wood is an innovative process that enhances the properties of sustainable softwood species to give them similar characteristics to tropical hardwoods, making it suitable for use in indoor and outdoor applications. The wood is strong and durable, as a result Kebony has been used for a number of high profile projects in the UK, USA and across Europe.
Blue Forest is the world’s leading luxury treehouse and eco-home builders. They create treehouses which reflect the environment in which they are built, aiming to bring people closer to the natural world and the great outdoors. With environmental credentials and sustainability a key consideration in all of their designs, Kebony was a fitting choice for this project because of its strength, beauty and environmental credibility. The silver-gray patina which Kebony develops when exposed to weather is an attractive quality of the wood that will add to the ambience of the treehouse when it is implanted to the tree canopy at Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice in Sussex.
A not-for-profit organisation, Quiet Mark is the international mark of approval from the UK’s Noise Abatement Society, encouraging the design of quieter high performance technology and solutions to reduce unwanted noise in our environment. An aural environment initiative, Quiet Mark are the headline sponsors of this year’s Ideal Home Show. The Quiet Treehouse will offer personal sound-portraits for visitors and a Wild Sanctuary animal soundscape.
Adrian Pye, Head of International Sales at Kebony said: “It has been a very exciting project for Kebony to be involved in; the exceptional design of Blue Forest’s treehouse and its use of sustainable materials throughout demonstrate how, with innovations such as Kebony, construction can be sustainable and integrated with to complement a building’s environment”.
Simon Payne, Director at Blue Forest commented: “Our bespoke treehouses only use only the highest quality products to ensure that they are in keeping with their secluded locations without causing any environmental degradation. The design of the treehouses needs to reflect nature and protect it so the use of Kebony was entirely appropriate for this pioneering Quiet Mark project. It has been a fantastic product to work with.”