Kebony wood selected for the world’s first Quiet Mark Treehouse

March 10, 2014
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Unveiled at the 2014 Ideal Home Show, the Quiet Treehouse has been designed by Blue Forest Luxury Treehouses and will be donated for permanent use by Chestnut Tree House, the children’s hospice in Sussex.

Kebony has been working with Blue Forest Luxury Treehouses, John Lewis and Quiet Mark to develop an ambitious tree home made from Kebony wood, the sustainable alternative to tropical hardwood. The Quiet Treehouse will appear at the Ideal Home Show from 14th – 30th March 2014 at London’s Earls Court.

The treehouse is built from Kebony, a sustainable alternative to tropical hardwood and toxic treated timber. The technology behind the wood is an innovative process that enhances the properties of sustainable softwood species to give them similar characteristics to tropical hardwoods, making it suitable for use in indoor and outdoor applications. The wood is strong and durable, as a result Kebony has been used for a number of high profile projects in the UK, USA and across Europe.  Accoya is another treated wood product with exceptional stability and durability characteristics.

Blue Forest is the world’s leading luxury treehouse and eco home builders. They create treehouses which reflect the environment in which they are built, aiming to bring people closer to the natural world and the great outdoors. With environmental credentials and sustainability a key consideration in all of their designs, Kebony was a fitting choice for this project because of its strength, beauty and environmental credibility. The silver-gray patina which Kebony develops when exposed to weather is an attractive quality of the wood that will add to the ambience of the treehouse when it is implanted to the tree canopy at Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice in Sussex.

A not-for-profit organisation, Quiet Mark is the international mark of approval from the UK’s Noise Abatement Society, encouraging the design of quieter high performance technology and solutions to reduce unwanted noise in our environment. An aural environment initiative, Quiet Mark are the headline sponsors of this year’s Ideal Home Show. The Quiet Treehouse will offer personal sound-portraits for visitors and a Wild Sanctuary animal soundscape.

Adrian Pye, Head of International Sales at Kebony said: “It has been a very exciting project for Kebony to be involved in; the exceptional design of Blue Forest’s treehouse and its use of sustainable materials throughout demonstrate how, with innovations such as Kebony, construction can be sustainable and integrated with to complement a building’s environment”.

Simon Payne, Director at Blue Forest commented: “Our bespoke treehouses only use only the highest quality products to ensure that they are in keeping with their secluded locations without causing any environmental degradation. The design of the treehouses needs to reflect nature and protect it so the use of Kebony was entirely appropriate for this pioneering Quiet Mark project. It has been a fantastic product to work with.”


About Kebony

Kebony Technology

The Kebony technology is a patented process which enhances the properties of non-durable wood species to give them similar characteristics to the best performing woods. Through an environmentally friendly process wood species such as pines and some non-durable hardwoods are impregnated with a bio waste liquid (furfuryl alcohol) derived from agricultural crop waste. With the addition of heat the furfuryl polymer is permanently grafted into the wood cell wall resulting in greatly improved durability and dimensional stability.

Kebony Wood

Kebony is suitable for both internal and external applications that demand high performance and great aesthetics including: decking, flooring, cladding, roofing, windows, indoor and outdoor furniture. Over time Kebony acquires its characteristic silver-gray patina whilst not losing its performance characteristics. With improved durability and dimensional stability Kebony is becoming increasingly the choice of leading architects and developers enabling them to use wood in projects without causing environmental degradation. Kebony has been used internationally in projects from commercial, public, residential and marine, for example Hunter’s Point in New York, the Mary Rose museum and both residential and commercial buildings on the UK’s seafront. A recent study by Norwegian environmental consulting firm Bergfald & Co demonstrated that Kebony has a substantially lower carbon footprint than its tropical hardwood equivalents.

Kebony History

In 1997 Kebony was founded to develop and commercialise its technology. A pilot production facility opened in 2003 and from 2004 to 2007, Kebony delivered products to multiple large high profile construction projects in Norway. In 2007, Kebony started the construction of an industrially scaled plant which was opened in January 2009. Kebony’s patented wood modification process is the result of many years of research and development in Norway, Sweden and Canada in collaborations with universities and institutes in Germany, the Netherlands, USA and South Africa, including the Norwegian Institute of Wood Technology, the Norwegian Forest and Landscape Institute, the SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden, SHR Timber Research in the Netherlands, and the University of New Brunswick and Woodtech in Canada.

Kebony Awards

In recognition of its green credentials, Kebony AS has won a vast number of awards; most recently it was awarded the 2014 Technology Pioneer by The World Economic Forum and has been named as one of the world’s most promising clean technology companies in the Global Cleantech 100 in 2013, for the third time, against competition of more than 3,000 companies from 50 countries. It also received an award from the Timber Trade Journal in autumn 2013 for its use in the KREOD project.

About Quiet Mark

In our stressful lives we are surrounded by a cacophony of sound that we have little power to stop. The louder the noise around us the more energy we waste to overcome it, and it is getting worse day by day. If we don’t do something about this soon, our ability to hear the subtle sounds around us will disappear. Quiet Mark is embarking on a journey to redress the situation, to create a demand for the use of quieter technology in our homes, in our workplace and in the open air.

Quiet Mark, a not-for-profit trading arm of the Noise Abatement Society charity, sprang from the response to public complaints received by the Society’s 24/7 national noise helpline, concerning the volume of excessive noise made by household tools and appliances which invade the fabric of everyday life.

Quiet Mark brings the answer with a universal symbol and system of support for consumers and industry alike to help transform the aural environment for the benefit of all by commending the quietest technology currently available on the market. Quiet Mark product submissions are assessed by a team of the UK’s leading acousticians at the Association of Noise Consultants.

The response from industry internationally has been overwhelmingly positive with over 40 leading global brands across first 30 product categories, from dishwashers to garden tools, now on board including AEG Electrolux, Dyson, LG, Mitsubishi Electric, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung and Whirlpool. They have all achieved awards for their quieter products with the distinctive purple Quiet Mark logo. The world’s first quiet showcase featuring the award winners and other practical peacemaking solutions, including Quiet Mark’s Win a Quiet Life in 2014 monthly promotion, can be seen at

Quiet Mark is also delighted to be the first aural environment initiative to headline sponsor the Ideal Home Show.

The Quiet Treehouse will offer personal sound-portraits for visitors and a Wild Sanctuary animal soundscape archive for an unforgettable take-home experience. To complete the adventure, hunt for the John Lewis products from The Quiet Treehouse across the show with the Quiet Trail Treasure Maps. You will also have the chance to win the awarded appliances.

Everyone involved with The Quiet Treehouse have ultimately created a dream space for Chestnut Tree House, the children’s hospice for Sussex to support care for children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses. Following the show, the treehouse will be donated for permanent use by the children and their families to enjoy every day.

UK brands kindly donating materials for The Quiet Treehouse for Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice include Jewson, Pilkington Glass, Kebony, Medite Tricoya, Acoustiblok, Kvadrat – Soft Cells, Rockwool and more.

Interiors by John Lewis, Lighting by John Cullen lighting, interior consultancy by Martin Hulbert Interiors and Quiet Mark, garden design by David Domoney.

The ‘Quiet Treehouse’ will be on display at the Ideal Home Show 2014, sponsored by Quiet Mark, between March 14th – 30th. The Ideal Home Show 2014 will open from 10am – 6pm daily and late night Thursdays until 9pm.

About The John Lewis Partnership

The John Lewis Partnership – The John Lewis Partnership operates 40 John Lewis shops across the UK (30 department stores and nine John Lewis at home),, 300 Waitrose supermarkets, 35 Waitrose convenience stores, and business to business contracts in the UK and abroad. The business has annual gross sales of over £9.5bn. It is the UK’s largest example of worker co-ownership where all 84,700 staff are Partners in the business.

John Lewis – John Lewis, ‘Retailer of the Year 2013’* and ‘Multichannel Retailer of the Year 2013’*, typically stocks more than 350,000 separate lines in its department stores. The website stocks over 250,000 products focused on the best of fashion, beauty, home and giftware and electrical items including online exclusives. is consistently ranked one of the top online shopping destinations in the UK. ( John Lewis Insurance offers a range of comprehensive insurance products – home, car, wedding and event, travel and pet insurance and life cover – delivering the usual values of expertise, trust and customer service expected from the John Lewis brand.

* Oracle Retail Week Awards 2013

About the Noise Abatement Society

The remit of this national charity is to abate excessive and unnecessary noise to protect the public and improve the aural environment. Working with Government and Industry over the last fifty years the Noise Abatement Society has achieved a reputation for collaborative partnerships to find practical solutions to noise problems, underscored by programmes to raise awareness and educate about measured, considered and responsible use of sound.

About Blue Forest

Blue Forest are widely considered to be the world’s leading tree house design and construction company and have established a reputation for creating buildings which reflect the environment in which they are built. Blue Forest was founded by Andy Payne in 2003. Today the company is run by Andy and his brother Simon who were both born in Kenya where they were fortunate enough to have spent their childhood surrounded by the beauty and adventure of the great outdoors. Blue Forest was born of these experiences and from a desire to bring people closer to the natural world.

About Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice

Chestnut Tree House provides specialist palliative care services to children and young people with life-shortening and life-threatening illnesses in East Sussex, West Sussex and South East Hampshire.

As well as caring for over 280 children and young adults from 0-25 years of age, Chestnut Tree House offers support for the whole family including psychological and bereavement support, end of life and short break care and sibling support.

It costs almost £3 million each year to provide all our care services. Families are never charged for their care and the hospice receives less than 8% from central government, so it relies heavily on the generosity, help and support of the local community.

About Ideal Home Show

The Ideal Home Show, the UK’s biggest and longest running consumer event, acquired by award-winning events and publishing company Media 10 in 2009 from DMG World Media, the first time the show has changed hands in just over 100 years. The 2013 Ideal Home Show attracted over 275,000 visitors across the event.

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Key Material Sponsors

Medite Tricoya: Medite Tricoya Extreme Durable MDF provides outstanding dimensional stability and durability using a non-toxic environmentally compatible process.

Kebony: Kebony is based on a process where sustainable wood is made more durable, harder and more stable using liquids from biowaste material. Kebony is a sustainable alternative to hardwoods from tropical regions. The products resemble teak and other tropical varieties of wood.

John Cullen Lighting: With over 30 years’ experience in lighting and product design, John Cullen is widely recognised as being at the forefront of lighting design and development in the United Kingdom.

Cantifix: Cantifix are an architectural glazing company.

Pilkington: The NSG Group manufactures and sells glass in the UK & Ireland under the Pilkington brand name.

Jewson: With over 600 branches across the country, Jewson is the UK’s leading supplier of sustainable timber and building materials.

Rockwool: Rockwool make and supply a full range of smart and sustainable insulation products for the construction industry based on innovative stone wool technology.

Acoustiblok: Made from more than 80% organic and recyclable materials, it is the ultimate sound insulation solution for sustainable building – deadening impact and airborne sound more effectively than lead.

Kvadrat Soft Cells: Kvadrat Soft Cells are patented panels that control sound absorption. Primarily used as building components, they are also suitable for post-fitting.

Ion Architectural & Decorative Glass: Ion Glass provide structural and decorative glass solutions for a wide range of new build, refurbishment, renovation and one-off glass projects across the UK.