EGURTEK 2024 International Forum of Architecture and Construction in Wood

EGURTEK 2024 International Forum of Architecture and Construction in Wood

On 16 and 17 2024, Egurtek 2024 International Forum of Architecture and Construction in Wood celebrates its 10th edition. The event is committed to promoting the sustainable utilisation of wood and providing opportunities for knowledge exchange.

Meet renowned architects such as Shigeru Ban, Michael Green, Sou Fujimoto, Alex de Rijke, Alvaro Siza, Cazu Zegers, Marcel Baumgartner, Alpo Ranta Maunus and Georg Wolfgang Reinberg. Explore European projects related to wood construction during the event.

Learn more about EURTEK 2024 here.

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Wood Cluster Meeting (1st Industry Day Centre Wood)

Wood Cluster Meeting (1st Industry Day Center Wood)

On 1 February 2024, the Wood Cluster Meeting highlights the current framework conditions, trends and solutions in modern timber construction; this event focuses on best-practice examples of inner-city densification and circular construction as well as information and current research trends and activities on fire protection, serial modernisation and building with hardwoods.

The event will consist of live demonstrations of the specific system and product solutions, with expert lectures. Participants are invited to network with partners, industry players and everyone interested in building with wood.

The Wood Cluster Meeting will take place in Olsberg, Germany at the Centre of Forest and Wood Industry (Wald und Holz NRW) from 10:00 to 20:00 CET.

To learn more about the event, click here.

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Doctoral Researcher in Sustainability of Wooden Construction

Doctoral Researcher in Sustainability of Wooden Construction

The Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry at the University of Helsinki invites applications for the position of a Doctoral researcher in Sustainability of Wooden Construction (puurakentamisen kokonaiskestävyys). The Doctoral researcher will work at the Department of Forest Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry at University of Helsinki and the doctoral studies will be carried out within the doctoral program AGFOREE (Doctoral Programme for the sustainable use of renewable natural resources).

The Doctoral researcher will be appointed for a fixed-term 3-year contract (start date: March 4, 2024 or as agreed) to work in a project entitled “Hyytiälä Living Lab – Sustainable wood construction and human health’. The project will be supervised by Professor, Dean Ritva Toivonen and Postdoctoral researcher Jaakko Jussila (Department of Forest sciences, University of Helsinki), and Research professor Katja Lähtinen (Natural Resources Institute Finland, LUKE)

 
The “Hyytiälä Living Lab – sustainable wood construction and human wellbeing” -project aims at designing, building and pilot testing a physical, experimental, and multidisciplinary research environment to University of Helsinki Forest Research Station in Hyytiälä (Juupajoki, Pirkanmaa). The research project will utilize modern massive timber buildings (conference/learning and catering building and accommodation buildings constructed during 2021-2023). The project consists of several interrelated infrastructure and research projects. 

The work of the Doctoral researcher entails delivering new research knowledge on assessing overall multi-dimensional sustainability of wood construction and covering the building life-cycle (from raw material production to construction, use of building, and material recycling after the use-time of the building). Various sustainability dimensions (economic, ecological, social/cultural) and their potential interrelatedness are considered, as well as dimension-related indicators/criteria. The appointee’s research aims to understand how particularly human health and wellbeing are related to the dimensions, or how climate and biodiversity impacts, technological advancements, or financial viability of wood construction may be related to sustainability. It is also of interest to better understand potential inter-relatedness, or trade-offs, between sustainability impacts by life-cycle phases, or to whom do they accrue.

One goal for the research is to develop a framework/model that provides one basis for systematic (multi-dimensional) overall sustainability assessment of wood construction over the building life-cycle. The framework would also support assessing the impacts of improved sustainability from the point of view of various actors (incl. businesses, society and citizens). The research will utilize the new Hyytiälä Living Lab environment and the related data as the research material when relevant.

Doctoral researcher: We are looking for a highly motivated, skilled researcher with a Master’s degree, who is experienced in forest economics/environmental economics, wood construction/building technologies, or related field(s). Experience in quantitative methodologies (e.g., life-cycle analysis, statistical modeling), and knowledge on building/housing are considered assets.

A successful candidate should be able to:

  • Independently design, conduct, and report research within the scope of the project.
  • Contribute to undergraduate student supervision and teaching within the department.
  • Engage with the scientific community, and the wider public, internationally and domestically through scientific publications, conference presentations, blogs etc.

The candidate is expected to have:

Education, experience and technical skills

  • A relevant Master’s degree as described above.
  • Fluency in English, including excellent writing skills. Skills in the official languages of Finland (Finnish, Swedish) are an asset.
  • Experience in working within wood-forestry sector and construction/housing industry are considered an advantage.
  • Interest and experience in collaborating with forest/construction industry.

Personal attributes and competencies

  • Strong motivation in participating and implementing scientific research.
  • Excellent analytical research skills, active and goal-oriented approach.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Experience and willingness to work within multicultural and multidisciplinary teams.
  • High motivation and skills in working and communicating in academic-practice interface.

The appointee should either already have the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki by the start of the appointment or apply for the right and obtain it within the probationary period of six months of their appointment. If the candidate does not already have the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki, it is to be applied for separately, please see: https://www.helsinki.fi/en/research/doctoral-education/the-application-process-in-a-nutshell

The starting salary of the Doctoral researcher will be based on level 2 of the demands level chart for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, the appointee will be paid a salary component based on personal performance. The starting salary of the Doctoral researcher will be ca. 2400-2600 euros/month, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience.

The University of Helsinki offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care, health insurance, unemployment and pension fund, a holiday package, sports facilities, and opportunities for professional development. A six-month trial period will be applied, and the workplace of the position is Helsinki. 

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  • Deadline: 31 January 2024
  • Type: PhD position
  • Location: University of Helsinki, Finland

Climate policy action and product standards: Supporting the transition to a circular construction industry

Climate policy action and product standards: Supporting the transition to a circular construction industry

Join ASBP for an online event with keynote speaker Philippe Moseley, Policy Officer, Sustainable Industrial Policy and Construction at the European Commission.

Philippe will give an overview of the construction industry in the context of the European Green Deal, and update on emerging EU policies which aim to support a circular construction industry.

Attendees will also hear from Reusefully’s Gilli Hobbs and Katherine Adams (ASBP Technical Director) who will update on product standards development at the EU and UK level, including development of product passports, circularity measurement and pre-demolition evaluation.

Learn more here.

Norwegian Conference on Wooden Architecture

For 10 years, the Norwegian Conference on Wooden Architecture has highlighted national and international wooden architecture and the use of wood as a building material. The event takes place at DOGA in Oslo on 20th October 2023.

The conference is aimed at architects, the interior industry, healthcare personnel, private and public builders and property developers, contractors, advisers and key players in the forestry and wood processing industries. Public decision-makers, R&D environments and students will greatly benefit from participating.

Language of the event: Norwegian, English.

Read more and register here.

Featured image: Boris K. on Pexels.

Hybrid symposium “New Wood Uses: Birch for Building with Wood and the Bioeconomy in NRW”

Climate change and ongoing forest damage pose considerable challenges to the Forestry and Wood Sector in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), Germany.

How will the raw material base change in the future if the forest future is characterised by reforestation and the establishment of climate-stable forests? In this context, the pioneer tree species birch plays a key role in the reforestation of forest areas damaged by storms and bark beetle infestation.

To demonstrate the potential of birch originating from NRW, the Team Wood-Based Industries of the ZWH of the Landesbetrieb Wald und Holz NRW has investigated the possible uses of the tree species birch for building with wood. In addition to preliminary investigations for its use in glue lam, a two-story demonstrator for building with birch is currently being realized.

The demonstration structure and exhibition stand will be presented at the Hybrid symposium “New Wood Uses: Birch for Building with Wood and the Bioeconomy in NRW” on 5 September 2023 at Zentrum HOLZ.

Learn more here (in German).

Featured image: Zentrum HOLZ.

Mass Timber Insurance Playbook

The objective of the Mass Timber Insurance Playbook is to enable a collaborative approach between construction teams and insurers, opening the door to more equitable insurance for mass timber buildings.

Mass timber has the potential to reduce the embodied impact of construction versus more conventional materials such as concrete and steel. It is strong and light, and as a natural material, has a strong aesthetic appeal. But, especially since the Grenfell disaster, mass timber projects have sometimes faced difficulty securing insurance.

The Mass Timber Insurance Playbook is a direct response to the challenges developers have faced, providing guidance for all parties involved in arranging insurance – for both development and operation of projects.

The Playbook was written by insurance and building resilience specialists, to help stakeholders in the insurance and construction industries to understand each other’s priorities and language. The aim is to enable constructive communication, to help overcome gaps in understanding that sometimes hold back mass timber construction.

Content: Mass TImber insurance Playbook

Publisher: The Alliance for Sustainable Building Products (ASBP)

Year: 2023

Hybrid seminar: Fire Safety of timber – burnout and structural performance

Fire safety of timber

Are you a structural or fire engineer working with or interested in learning more about load-bearing timber structures? Want to delve into key considerations for their design and the interaction between fire and structures? Then our upcoming hybrid seminar is just what you need!

The seminar is conducted primarily in English and speakers include Angus Law from The University of Edinburgh, Gustav Lanng Madsen and Bo Pedersen from Artelia, Daniel Brandon from RISE and Ian Pope from DBI.

​We present key findings from recent research on the performance of timber structures in ‘natural’ fires, covering topics such as design for burnout and considerations for the decay phase of a fire. We also focus on the documentation of non-compliant timber construction in Denmark concerning structures and fire. We explore possibilities, provide examples, and highlight important aspects to consider.

​We look forward to your participation, whether you join us in person or virtually.

Target group

The hybrid meeting is aimed at structural and fire engineers who work with, or are interested in learning more about, load-bearing timber structures and considerations in relation to their design – including the interaction and interfaces between fire and structures.

Learn more and register here.

Nest Hackathon: develop innovative solutions for sustainable housing

Did you know that buildings and construction are responsible for 39% of global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions? In Finland, more than one million detached houses account for a quarter of total household emissions, making the carbon footprint of housing a major challenge for combatting climate change and promoting sustainability. 

Nest Hackathon is here to change the narrative. No matter if you are a student, in the early stages of your career or further along, this is the perfect opportunity to challenge yourself to develop concrete solutions for sustainable homes.

The hackathon is a weekend challenge competition that brings together professionals from various disciplines to develop innovative solutions for sustainable housing.

Nest hackathon timeline

Hackathon weekend happens from 15 to 17 September 2023.

Application period ends on 31 August 2023.

Prizes

There’s also 2000€ in cash prizes for the top three teams:

  • 1st place: 1000 €
  • 2nd place: 500 €
  • 3rd place: 500 €

Featured image by Nest Hackathon.

InnoRenew CoE International Conference 2023

The InnoRenew CoE International Conference 2023: Interdisciplinary solutions for sustainable buildings (IRIC2023) on 13–14 September 2023, in the InnoRenew CoE building, in Izola, Slovenia, will provide a forum to explore renewable materials and their use for creating healthy, sustainable buildings during different thematic sessions related to:

  • Sustainable Solutions for Environmental Impacts, Recycling, and Design Optimization
  • New European Bauhaus (Co-design, Solutions, Aesthetics)
  • Engineered Living Materials
  • Sustainable Construction and Sustainable Buildings
  • Knowledge Transfer, Social Impacts, and Human Health and Preferences
  • Interdisciplinary Topics for Sustainable Buildings

IRIC2023 is an opportunity to share and discuss emerging science and innovations in renewable materials that can be used in the built environment to enhance human and environmental well-being.

View the agenda and register here.

InnoRenew CoE International Conference 2023

The InnoRenew CoE International Conference 2023: Interdisciplinary solutions for sustainable buildings (IRIC2023) will take place 13–14 September 2023 and will provide a forum to explore renewable materials and their use for creating healthy, sustainable buildings during different thematic sessions related to:

  • Sustainable Solutions for Environmental Impacts, Recycling, and Design Optimization
  • New European Bauhaus (Co-design, Solutions, Aesthetics)
  • Engineered Living Materials
  • Sustainable Construction and Sustainable Buildings
  • Knowledge Transfer, Social Impacts, and Human Health and Preferences
  • Interdisciplinary Topics for Sustainable Buildings

IRIC2023 is an opportunity to share and discuss emerging science and innovations in renewable materials that can be used in the built environment to enhance human and environmental well-being.

View the full agenda and register here.

Circularity concepts in wood construction

Wood construction has many advantages over other building constructions: bio-based resource, carbon-storing, thermal insulation, human health and well-being. Innovative wood products provide less manufacturing waste, low carbon-emission alternatives and store massive quantities of carbon while new technologies speed construction processes, promote energy efficiency and minimize waste.

This publication presents the benefits of wood as a construction material and discusses practices applied in the wood construction sector from the perspective of circularity, sustainability and climate change mitigation. It analyses how circularity concepts can be applied in the construction industry using different construction methods and at different stages of value chains.

Content: Circular concept in wood construction

Publisher(s): Joint UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section in Geneva and at FAO in Rome

Year: 2023