The following message was posted on the Long Beach, NY website after a series of devastating events involving their boardwalk. Their choice to rebuild using Ipe highlights the city’s interest in preventing future fires by choosing superior Ipe wood.
As you may have heard, a devastating fire destroyed the newly rebuilt boardwalk and businesses in the New Jersey communities of Seaside Heights and Seaside Park. We know well the heartbreak involved with the destruction of our beloved boardwalk by Superstorm Sandy, and we can certainly empathize with the residents of those two Jersey shore towns in their loss. Our hearts go out to them. With that said, the City of Long Beach would like to reassure our residents that the same fate is not likely for our almost-complete, brand new boardwalk. It has been determined that damage caused by Superstorm Sandy to the electrical system of the Seaside Heights/Seaside Park boardwalk was responsible for starting the fire. Since the new Long Beach boardwalk was totally redesigned and rebuilt from the ground up, it has an entirely new electrical system. The old electrical system, which suffered severe damage from seawater flooding, was removed and replaced.
Additionally, the Seaside Heights/Seaside Park boardwalk, just like the old Long Beach boardwalk, was constructed of Southern Yellow Pine. A building material’s flammability is measured is by its flame spread rating, which, according to the Louisiana State Fire Marshal, is determined by: “how far and how fast flames spread across the surface of the test sample. In this test, a sample of the material 20 inches wide and 25 feet long, is installed as ceiling of a test chamber, and exposed to a gas flame at one end. The resulting flame spread rating (FSR) is expressed as a number on a continuous scale where inorganic reinforced cement board is 0 and red oak is 100. The scale is divided into three classes. The most commonly used flame-spread classifications are: Class I or A, with a 0-25 FSR; Class II or B with a 26-75 FSR; and Class III or C with a 76-200 FSR. – (webpage http://sfm.dps.louisiana.gov/doc_flamespread.html).” According to the American Wood Association, Southern Yellow Pine has a flame spread rating of 130-195. Compare that with Ipe, the sustainable sourced Brazilian Hardwood used to construct the decking of the new Long Beach boardwalk, which has a flame spread rating of 0 for the 10 minute FSR test and 5 for the 30 minute FSR test. This puts the Ipe decking on the new boardwalk in Class A or I. Simply put, it’s essentially non-combustible.
When we see the video of the Seaside Heights/Seaside Park boardwalk on fire and pictures of the aftermath, we know the pain that those folks must feel, especially because they had just finished rebuilding it from the damage caused by Superstorm Sandy. This is why the City Council, and the hundreds of residents who came to the numerous public forums on rebuilding the boardwalk, and the thousands of people who responded to our online survey of what they wanted to see in the new boardwalk, insisted on not simply rebuilding what was originally there, but rebuilding stronger, smarter and safer. As unfortunate as the fire in Seaside Height/Seaside Park was, it is a pertinent reminder of why we must go the extra mile in how we rebuild and recover from Superstorm Sandy. Once again, our hearts go out to the victims of that terrible event, and we wish them the best on their recovery.
“This particular company has done everything it can and is doing the right thing from an environmental point of view.” ~ Dr. Patrick Moore, Greenpeace Cofounder and Green Spirit Founder
Timber Holdings USA owners of the original Iron Woods® brand of Naturally Durable Hardwood building products, the 48th company FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) Chain of Custody certified by the Rain Forest Alliance, Founders of the Fields To Forests Tropical Reforestation Program™ and Green By Nature…Build with Conscience™ Environmental Compliance Program is taking building products certification to the next level with the implementation of independent third party NGO Verification of Legal Origin and Legal Compliance.
In the face of growing public concerns over the legal harvest of forest products prompted by U.S Department of Agriculture Lacey Act and investigations into two of the country’s largest guitar and flooring manufacturers, Timber Holdings USA, the owners of the Iron Woods brand of naturally durable hardwood building products has voluntarily taken “Environmental Due Care” to its highest level by engaging NGO Unifloresta™ to audit all of the companies procurement transactions in Brazil. Under Their Legal Verification Program, Unifloresta™ independently evaluates and verifies the authenticity and legality of all chain of custody documentation from harvest to export.
All Iron Woods Ipe supplied by Timber Holdings is now independent third party NGO certified as Verified Legal Origin and Legal Compliance. This is our assurance to you that we are in compliance with all U.S. Department of Agriculture Lacey Act Due Care requirements at the highest level of interpretation.
At this time we believe we are the only U.S. importer of Ipe employing independent third party chain of custody audits on every shipment of Ipe we import.
We sincerely hope that our customers and the market will continue to appreciate the full compliment of superior standards associated with the Iron Woods brand.
Jhane from New York sent us this fantastic photo of their recently completed roof deck. Our Elevations Roof Deck and Pedestal system allowed them to achieve the modern look they were seeking while maintaining the ability to access the roof for maintenance purposes.
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“I ordered your 24” IPE tiles from King Lumber with the pedestals. It came out beautiful! ~ Jhane”