Forestry Speed Dating: Circular design of wooden building materials

EFI Bioregions Facility is continuing its virtual Forestry Speed Dating series on Bio-based solutions for sustainable construction. During the third event of this series, taking place on 25 Ocotber 2022, two research projects will show their sustainable innovations on Circular design of wooden building materials. After the presentations in plenary, attendees can connect and seek for collaborations with the presenters and fellow attendees in breakout rooms.


Design of timber buildings for deconstruction and reuse (Infuture Wood project) – By Ylva Sandin, Researcher at RISE

The Infuture Wood project aims to identify the key problem areas regarding the reuse of wood from current buildings especially as structural material, and to propose technical and methodological solutions to address them. The project’s work on “Design of timber building for deconstruction and reuse” focuses on the primary design of buildings and ways to facilitate deconstruction rather than demolition. The project investigates what is to be optimised, encouraged and avoided in design – to be described by a “rebuilding factor”. Special attention is directed towards the design of connections, as this greatly affects the possibility to disassemble building components. 

Development of a circular economy in construction with added-value engineered wood products and modular construction (MODCONS project)By Patrick McGetrick, Lecturer at University of Galway.

The MODCONS project investigates the design, development and experimental testing of a sustainable modular timber building solution to support national needs while also creating export opportunities in the sector. Underlying all aspects of the design is ensuring the modules are optimised for future deconstruction and reuse. The potential for use of Cross Laminated Timber panels fabricated using recovered material sourced from demolition sites is also outlined, considering quality and technical performance.

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