The Wood Protection Association (WPA) has launched a new group to advance the use of modified wood in the UK.

WPA said its decision to move into the modified wood market comes as there remains a lack of viable generic information on modified products for developers and specifiers.

The WPA modified wood group will work in conjunction with organisations such as the BRE, modified wood manufacturers and coatings specialists to produce best practice guidance.

John Alexander, from the UK’s sole Accoya supplier BSW Timber, is to head the group.

“Modified wood is still relatively new and many designers are calling for detailed generic guidance on its specification and use,” said Mr Alexander.

“The WPA has an excellent track record as an independent technical and advisory organisation and development of a modified wood specification manual is an early priority.”

Chris Coggins, WPA director, said the group hopes to publish its guidance by the end of the year, and called for interested parties to get involved with the group’s work.