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Forestry Speed Dating – Circular Design of Wooden Building Materials


Wood construction is seen as a prominent solution to reduce and reverse climate change as it is a way to capture and store carbon emissions long-term. But wood construction also faces many challenges. During the third event of the second Forestry Speed Dating series, two research projects will show their advances and results on sustainable innovations for Circular Design of Wooden Building materials.


Design of timber buildings for deconstruction and reuse (Infuture Wood project)

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.

By Ylva Sandin, Researcher at RISE.

Development of a circular economy in construction with added-value engineered wood products and modular construction (MODCONS project)

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.

By Patrick McGetrick, Lecturer at University of Galway.


Target audience

Research organisations, actors managing projects with embedded circularity in the building sector, timber building contractors and building developers who want to adapt their designs for deconstruction and reuse, deconstruction firms, facility managers, manufacturers of bio-based solutions for the built environment, etc.