Long Beach, NY: Ipe Boardwalk ‘Essentially Non-Combustible’

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...

Iron Woods raises the bar on environmental “Due Care”

    “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. “Timber Holding’s demand for increased legal accountability was a driving force in the development of Unifloresta Consult’s Legal Verification program”  ~ Joris Mendes, Unifloresta Since Timber Holdings first introduced naturally durable hardwood decking to Atlantic City in 1971, environmental ethics have stood as the cornerstone of the Iron Woods® brand of naturally durable hardwood decking, siding and lumber products. Global forests sustainability requires a comprehensive approach, one that...

Iron Woods Ipe Verified Legal Origin and Legal Compliance

Valued Customers, 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...