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Chemical modification of timber decking: looking to the future
journal contributionposted on 2007-01-01, 00:00 authored by S Killerby, F Maplesden, M Jack, Gael McDonald, D Rolland
To help avoid conflict and even market rejection, the design and introduction of new technologies can be aided by consideration of the potential concerns of different stakeholder groups. An assessment of their desired goals for technological change may be useful for pre-empting changes in the parameters of acceptability for technologies. As part of a research programme evaluating the parameters of acceptability for bio-based technologies using life cycle assessment of products and an analysis of the perceptual frameworks of stakeholders, respondents from four stakeholder groups in New Zealand were interviewed about the desirable and undesirable trajectories for chemical modification technologies. Three examples of pine decking products derived using different amounts and types of chemical modification served to help explore the contemporary criteria and rationale for acceptability. The responses of the 70 respondents in those four groups indicated that new technologies need to be able to prove their worth with regard to both tangible and intangible qualities if they are to be accepted into the market in the place of either the existing product or an inorganic competitor.