Although architects appreciate the characteristics and beauty of wood, the material cups and buckles in certain applications and requires routine maintenance. Architect Max Strang, AIA, says Resysta is a durable substitute that offers the look and feel of a tropical species. “It’s a great alternative to FSC-certified lumber and provides a really sophisticated appearance,” he says.
Made from approximately 60 percent rice husks, 22 percent common salt, and 18 percent mineral oil, the fiber-reinforced material is resistant against sun, rain, snow, and salt water, according to the Germany-based manufacturer. “You handle the material in the exact same manner as you handle real wood,” Strang explains. “One huge advantage, however, is that Resysta is dimensionally stable and will not warp, splinter, bend, or cup.” The company says the product can be used for decking, façades, and interior applications. Resysta International, 909.465.1000; www.resysta.us.