Regulatory change in relation to building chemicals and treatments is one of the key reasons for a continual drive towards product innovation and development. Bond It discusses the challenge of meeting regulatory demand whilst producing products that can also deliver the solutions the market needs.
The building and construction industry seems to be continually at the mercy of various regulatory bodies as to what ingredients can or can’t be used in the manufacture of building chemicals. It is a challenge faced by manufacturers such as Bond It, which strive to offer high quality products at affordable prices — but as raw materials become obsolete, finding comparable alternatives that don’t compromise the quality of a product has become something of an art.
The latest active ingredient to be banned by the EU Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (SCoPAFF) is propiconazole, which did not pass the latest regulatory requirements that are carried out every 15 years. Propiconazole is a broad spectrum systemic fungicide for control of fungus, and has been widely used historically in formulations for Wood Treatments and Wood Preservatives.
The EU has been studying the registration package for propiconazole since 2015 and several key studies have been conducted, including ground water studies and the impact of endocrine disruptors (ED) on the environment. Endocrine disrupters are chemicals that may interfere with the body’s endocrine system and produce adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological and immune effects in humans and wildlife. It is this which has led to the chemical being dropped from use.
In response to this latest legislative change, which were to be in place by March 2020, Bond It has used valuable research and development time to produce a package of Wood Treatments to offer users safer alternatives.
Accordingly, the company has introduced a Coloured Wood Preserver that offers a water-based alternative containing no VOCs and no propiconazole, making it safer to use. Instead, it contains a fungicide specifically formulated for use against wood rotting, decay and staining fungi, algae, lichen and other growths on wood surfaces.
As such, it is an ideal product for the protection of outdoor timber structures such as sheds, fences, trellis, pergolas and gazebos, and can be applied to all rough, sawn or smooth timbers. The new product is available in a range of durable UV fade resistant colours — Light Brown, Dark Brown and Green — that provide deep penetration into timber and leave a colour finish with the natural timber grain texture still visible.
Available in 5L tins, it has virtually no odour and can be applied either by brush or low pressure spray to provide lasting protection. As the formulation is water-based, it produces a non-flammable, quick drying product that is ready to apply direct from the container. It also facilitates easy clean-up of brushes and tools.
With the launch of its new Coloured Wood Preservers, Bond It has also identified the need to offer even more wood treatment products under its new Wood Guard banner. For example, its new 3-in-1 Wood Treatment is a ready to use, 3-in-1 micro emulsion universal wood preserver that — based on a combination of fungicide and insecticide formulations — prevents attack by wood boring insects such as woodworm and termites, and wood rotting fungi whilst protecting against re-infestation and wood rot.
Certified to European and British Industry standards, the product not only boasts zero volatile organic compounds (VOCs), but is also water-based, non-flammable and quick drying.
For more information on the latest additions to Bond It’s Wood Guard range, head to: https://bond-it.co.uk/drive-alive/coloured-wood-preserver/