UltraPole
UltraPole NXT

The Perfect Treated Wood Pole

Long term efficacy combined with low environmental impact.

The first major innovation in treated wood pole protection in years, with decades of stake performance data.

DCOI – Oil-borne preservative for the
utility industry

  • Perfect for industrial wood pole applications in all decay hazard zones
    • Crossarms – both Southern yellow pine and Douglas fir
    • Utility poles – Southern yellow pine
    • Barn poles – Southern yellow pine
    • Posts (guardrail and fence) – Southern yellow pine
    • Recently standardized by the American Wood Protection Association (AWPA) for southern yellow pine (SYP) utility poles and crossarms, and Douglas-fir (DF) crossarms.
  • Good for ground contact in all decay hazard zones

Performance Features and Benefits

  • Exceptional performance to current preservatives for poles with lower retentions
  • Superior environmental profile – not listed by EPA as a “restricted use pesticide”
  • At the end of its useful life UltraPole™ NXT can be burned as a co-gen fuel
  • Low corrosion to pole hardware; similar to Penta in oil, with Low to no odor
  • Soluble in a variety of oils including over 45% soluble in diesel
  • Oil-borne UltraPole™ NXT is easier to climb for line workers
  • The only oil borne pole in the industry to offer a 50-Year warranty
Ultra Pole NXT

The Perfect Treated Wood Pole

The first major innovation in treated wood pole protection in years, with decades of stake performance data.

DCOI – Oil-borne preservative for the utility industry

  • Perfect for industrial wood pole applications in all decay hazard zones
    • Crossarms – both Southern yellow pine and Douglas fir
    • Utility poles – Southern yellow pine
    • Barn poles – Southern yellow pine
    • Posts (guardrail and fence) – Southern yellow pine
    • Recently standardized by the American Wood Protection Association (AWPA) for southern yellow pine (SYP) utility poles and crossarms, and Douglas-fir (DF) crossarms.
  • Good for ground contact in all decay hazard zones

Performance Features and Benefits

  • Exceptional performance to current preservatives for poles with lower retentions
  • Superior environmental profile – not listed by EPA as a “restricted use pesticide”
  • At the end of its useful life UltraPole™ NXT can be burned as a co-gen fuel
  • Low corrosion to pole hardware; similar to Penta in oil, with Low to no odor
  • Soluble in a variety of oils including over 45% soluble in diesel
  • Oil-borne UltraPole™ NXT is easier to climb for line workers
  • The only oil borne pole in the industry to offer a 50 year warranty
Ultra Pole NXT

History of the active ingredient in UltraPole™ NXT (DCOI)

Innovative Uses

The active ingredient used in UltraPole™ NXT won the EPA’s President’s Green Chemistry award for its use in marine anti-fouling formulations. Offering less impact on water quality, DCOI provided an effective alternative to the copper and zinc used in paints on the hulls of ocean going vessels.

DCOI is also the active ingredient in Ecolife®, the most popular non-metal based residential wood preservative in America. Ecolife protects thousands of backyard projects across the US from damage due to decay, termites and weathering.

Performance and Standards

28 years of field data conducted by a leading utility industry research group and university show that the UltraPole™ NXT provides effective protection against wood destroying organisms. Long-term stake tests indicate performance that is superior to the most common oil-borne pole treatment, while using much

lower amounts of preservative. Presented to the AWPA in 1999, data from a Mississippi State University test showed that DCOI is approximately seven times more effective than pentachlorophenol after 14 years exposure in the Dorman test plot.

DCOI has been standardized as a wood preservative by the AWPA since 1989, and ground contact uses were added in 2017. AWPA currently lists DCOI in the P-39 standard. Standardization continues today, with data packages submitted in 2017 supporting preservative retentions that are one third of those for pentachorophenol.

Pole hardware

Pole hardware used for both CCA and pentachlorophenol structures is compatible with the UltraPole™ NXT. Test data show that the corrosion rate (mils/year) is less than that for CCA treated wood. Hardware that is deemed suitable for oil-borne pentachlorophenol treated wood would be suitable for oil-borne DCOI treated wood.

Lower Environmental Impact

  • Uses a lower amount of preservatives than other treatments, translating to less chemicals overall in the environment.
  • Non-persistent in the soil environment, UltraPole™ NXT breaks down readily into harmless compounds.
  • DCOI earned the EPA’s Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award in 1996 for its use in marine paints anti-fouling formulations replacing copper among other materials that can be harmful to micro flora and fauna in aquatic environments.
  • Compared to other materials such as steel and cement, DCOI uses less energy, fossil fuels and water in its life cycle analysis while producing less acid rain and greenhouse gases with lower eco-toxicity.
  • UltraPole™ NXT treated poles sequester carbon, and have a lower carbon footprint than concrete and steel pole options.
  • DCOI is not a listed by EPA as a restricted use pesticide.

✓ Plants workers will not need a Certified Pesticide Applicators license to treat and will have less paperwork.

✓ Line workers will not have exposure to Restricted Use Pesticide.

  • At the end of life, poles treated with UltraPole™ NXT will be able to be used as a co-gen fuel.

✓ Landfill restrictions and costs are increasing.

✓ Less wood is diverted from our landfills.

50-Year Limited Warranty*

UltraPole™ NXT is the only oil-borne wood pole preservative in the industry with a warranty. Viance confidently warrants UltraPole™ NXT against structural damage from termites and decay for 50 years. *See UltraPole™ NXT Warranty for terms and conditions.

AWPA Use Description AWPA Use Category Applications
Exterior Construction Above Ground UC3B Cross arms
Ground contact or fresh water Non-critical components UC4A Utility poles & Cross arms Low decay
Ground contact or fresh water Critical components or difficult replacement UC4B Utility poles High decay
Ground contact or fresh water Critical structural components UC4C Utility poles Severe decay

Three retentions for DCOI to reflect the varying decay hazard situations that are encountered in
the field.

Retentions for southern pine poles are expressed below

Kg/m3 (kilograms per cubic meter) Use Category PCF (pounds per cubic foot)
1.6 UC4A 0.10
2.1 UC4B 0.13
2.4 UC4C 1.5

Retentions for cross arms are expressed below

Kg/m3 (kilograms per cubic meter) Use Category PCF (pounds per cubic foot)
Southern

pine1

Douglas

fir2

Southern

pine1

Douglas

fir2

2.1 2.1 UC3B 0.13 0.13
2.4 2.1 UC4A 0.15 0.13
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