Perennial Wood™ wins The Chicago Athenaeum's 2012 GOOD DESIGN Award


KINGSPORT, Tenn., Jan. 14, 2013 - Perennial Wood™ has won the 2012 GOOD DESIGN™ Award by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architect Art Design and Urban Studies. GOOD DESIGN remains the oldest and world’s most recognized program for design excellence worldwide. Several thousand submissions were accepted from the world’s leading manufacturers and industrial and graphic design firms. A full list of awards and winners is available at the Museum’s website at: chi-athenaeum.org.

Made by Eastman Chemical Company, Perennial Wood is real wood modified to endure nature’s harshest elements. It is modified through TruLast™ Technology to resist changes from moisture and remain dimensionally stable — three times more stable than unmodified wood — making it suitable for nearly any exterior construction application.

“Perennial Wood is a unique, sustainable choice because it maintains the beauty and authenticity of real wood, while delivering stability and durability,” said Deborah Baum Crain, director of Perennial Wood. “Architects and designers have come to appreciate the character and design capabilities of Perennial Wood.”

Currently, commercially available applications include Perennial Wood decking and Perennial Wood porch flooring. It is also available to other manufacturers for use in their products such as outdoor furniture, windows and doors. Perennial Wood decking and related components are available in New England at select Lowe’s stores and select building materials retailers. Perennial Wood porch flooring is available at select building materials retailers in New England and the South Atlantic.

Longevity and Stability
TruLast Technology permanently modifies the wood, providing a physical barrier throughout that’s warranted to protect against rot, decay and movement for 25 years. With greater dimensional stability, Perennial Wood is less susceptible to shrinking and swelling that cause bowing, cupping and warping.

Perennial Wood is made from U.S. Southern pine and is processed and finished in the U.S., eliminating the need for shipping wood from offshore sources, lessening the environmental impact. Because it lasts longer than most unmodified wood, Perennial Wood needs to be replaced less often, resulting in less material disposal over the long term. TruLast Technology leaves no toxic substances within the wood, delivering peace of mind to homeowners.

About Eastman
Perennial Wood is manufactured by Eastman Chemical Company, a global company with more than 80 years of history in acetylating wood pulp and 2012 pro forma combined revenues, giving effect to the Solutia acquisition of approximately $9.1 billion. Headquartered in Kingsport, Tenn., Eastman is committed to finding sustainable business opportunities within the diverse markets and geographies it serves. For more information, visit PerennialWood.com or call 800.530.7495.

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