Free Webinar - Timber buildings: Re-use and Recycling for Sustainability

The Wood Technology Society
9 Oct 2020

Wood, as a natural and renewable material has huge advantages for sustainability. But ensuring that wood comes from responsibly managed forests is only part of the picture. Renewable is not the same as infinite and with rising global demand for wood, it is becoming increasingly necessary to think beyond its first use. As well as caring where the wood came from, we need to care about where it goes next.

This webinar explores the topic of the circular economy for wood used for construction, and shares interesting and useful findings from the ForestValue project “InFutUReWood”.

InFutUReWood aims to answer the questions: “How should we build today to be able to circulate tomorrow?” and “How should we design timber buildings and wood-based construction products from the perspective of reuse and recoverability?” It focuses on the potential reuse of current reclaimed wood as structural material, and on “design for deconstruction” to make future buildings better for the circular economy. We are developing methods for future circulation of timber products considering multiple life cycles, and practical industry issues at design, construction and deconstruction phases. This webinar will present what we have been working on, and seek views on whether we are going in the right direction.

The project has four major areas:

  • Design of timber structures for the future
  • Product design using recovered timber
  • Inventory, deconstruction and quality of recovered wood
  • Environmental and economic assessment of design for recycling in wood building construction

As one of the presenters explains “I rather hope that the knowledge and experience of the attendees will add to the knowledge of the academics when it comes to the Q&A discussion – especially about grading of timber insitu, but about other aspects of the recycling and circular economy too”

This promises to be a very interesting and stimulating event.

Please put the date and time, 20th October 13.00 - 14.30 UK Summer Time (Central Europe Summer Time 14.00 - 17.30pm), in your diary.

For more information and registration, please follow this link.