Friday, October 25th, 2013

Campbellfield building products business, ModWood Technologies, has won the Innovative Products or Services category in the Premier's Sustainability Awards 2013 for their bushfire-resistant decking product, Flame Shield®.

ModWood Flame Shield® decking is a wood-plastic composite designed and manufactured in Victoria, suitable for use in high risk bushfire-prone areas up to and including Bushfire Attack Level 40 (BAL 40) - extreme bushfire conditions.  Other BAL 40 decking materials on the market are only available as aluminium or steel products.

Sustainability Victoria CEO, Stan Krpan, congratulated the ModWood team for their innovative work in developing and marketing Flame Shield®.

"ModWood Technologies make Flame Shield® using 90 per cent reclaimed and recycled content, recovering resources from waste streams. Significantly, product life in service also exceeds alternative hardwood products,

“ModWood is a great example of a Victorian business responding to increasing demand for clean and green products,” he said.

Now in their eleventh year, the Premier’s Sustainability Awards celebrate efficient use of water, resources and energy, better waste management and recycling practices, the enhancement of the environment and effective, practical community action.

Overall winner for the night, recipient of the Premier’s Recognition Award, was a project by Moonee Valley City Council and Wingate Avenue Community Centre for introducing recycling to a community housing estate.

For the first time in the awards' history, the Premier also chose Victoria Carpets as the winner of the inaugural Premier's Regional Recognition Award.

The full list of winners of the Premier's Sustainability Awards 2013 are:

•                Innovative Products or Services Award - ModWood Technologies for development of Flame Shield®, a wood-plastic composite for building in bushfire areas

•                Infrastructure and Buildings Award - RMIT University for their Swanston Academic Building: a progressive tertiary learning environment

•                Environmental Protection Award - Mallee Catchment Management Authority's project: Restoring the balance in the drought-riven Hattah Lakes

•                Education Award - Bentleigh Secondary College - a world recognised, very sustainable school

•                Small and Medium Enterprises AwardRae-Line for embedding sustainability practices in manufacturing soft trim components for trucks

•                Large Business AwardVictoria Carpets for their work in energy and emissions reduction in their Bendigo plant

•                Community Award - Moonee Valley City Council and Wingate Avenue Community Centre, taking recycling to public housing residents

•                The Premier's Regional Recognition Award - Victoria Carpets

•                The Premier's Recognition Award - Moonee Valley City Council and Wingate Avenue Community Centre.

Photographs from the Awards dinner and more information on the winners are available at  To arrange interviews or for further media information contact Cath Newell on 0423 587 478.    

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