Resysta is an attractive, sustainable, and non-plastic alternative to wood. With the look and feel of wood, Resysta is very durable, water-resistant and most comparable to the typically unsustainable, tropical hardwoods; however, it contains no wood. Suitable for decking, cladding, interior wall cladding or marine applications, Resysta is flexible enough for all projects.
Composed of primarily rice husks along with common salt and mineral oil pressed into boards, it is an innovative material which takes advantage of the previously end of life rice husks, which are typically burned.
Another benefit, unlike wood, it does not contain lignin, a compound within wood that causes greying, therefore keeping it’s original color. Resysta is also fully recyclable — the company will take back the product at the end of its use to reintroduce the material into the production cycle.
Driven to find an alternative to the price premium of FSC certified tropical hardwoods, Max Strang Architecture, AIA Miami 2010 Firm of the Year, utilized Resysta throughout the recently completed Lakehouse in Winter Haven, Florida (pictured in this article). This soon to be LEED-certified home is a showcase of the innovative product, embodying the firm’s philosophy of “Environmental Modernism.“*
Available in a variety of profiles such as decking (smooth and corrugated), dowels, inlays, wall cladding, and typical board dimensions, Resysta can also be worked the same as wood without splintering or cracking. The product, manufactured in Indonesia, Vietnam and Germany, is priced around $4 a linear foot for decking and wall cladding.
*Disclosure: this author previously worked for Max Strang Architecture.
Credits: Max Strang Architecture.