Environmentally friendly modified wood manufacturer Kebony today announced the launch of the Passive Rainscreen System for commercial and residential facades, according to Kebony U.S. manager Andy Hehl.

The clip-based rainscreen attachment system can be applied over most exterior and interior envelope design types, including directly over mineral fiber exterior insulation. Kebony’s proprietary clip fastener and façade profile provide a clean look and eliminate the need for predrilling, which significantly reduces installation costs while eliminating water penetration.

“Kebony’s wood modification technology creates a more dimensionally stable cladding than conventional hardwoods,” Hehl said. “This results in a flatter surface and tighter joints long term, avoiding the typical challenges of shrinking hardwoods while providing the option of not applying a finish to the wood to help keep it stable.”

The Passive Rainscreen System can be attached directly to sheathing and is offered in both a 3/4” and a 3/8” airspace. With clips made of extruded high-grade aluminum and specialized self-drilling T316 stainless steel screws with unique thread design the Passive Rainscreen System features superior clip-to-wood and screw-pullout performance on sheathing, batten, stud, or z-girt attachment systems.

Developed in Norway, Kebony is an environmentally friendly patented technology which modifies sustainably sourced softwoods. By polymerizing the wood’s cell walls, the wood gains greatly improved durability and dimensional stability, giving it characteristics similar to those of the hardest tropical hardwood.