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Research team targets use of timber for multi-storey buildings

15 Oct A London-based architect is the only UK partner in a new €8.6m (£7.5m) EU research project aiming to develop a kit of parts for use in tall timber buildings.

Waugh Thistleton Architects is working in a consortium of 21 partners on the Build-in-Wood project
Waugh Thistleton Architects is working in a consortium of 21 partners on the Build-in-Wood project

Waugh Thistleton Architects is working in a consortium of 21 partners on the Build-in-Wood project, which is targeting the reduction of CO2 emissions to increase the use of wood for multi-storey buildings..

Its goal is to make wood the main choice of material for construction of multi-storey buildings.

Kirsten Haggart of Waugh Thistleton said that “widespread construction of multi-storey wood buildings would significantly reduce the construction sector’s CO2 emissions. Trees and are still the best method of carbon capture on earth. Our goal is to create a tall timber building kit of parts that optimises current timber technology. The system will be used as an exemplar of timber technology to dispel the barriers to timber adoption within the industry.”

The consortium partners represent the chain from building materials to the finished structure with input from universities who will test the system and material prototypes. In addition to designing building systems, the project also involves manufacturers, end users, politicians, and local European communities to increase the knowledge and acceptance of wood as a building material.

Build-in-Wood is receiving funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and runs to August 2023.

The consortium partners are:

  • Danish Technological Institute (coordinator), Denmark
  • The Norwegian Institute of Wood Technology, Norway
  • CF Møller, Sweden
  • National Technical University of Athens, Greece
  • Urbasofia SRL, Romania
  • Brasov Metropolitan Agency, Romania
  • Waugh Thistleton Architects, United Kingdom
  • The Alexandra Institute, Denmark
  • University of Siena, Italy
  • ProHolz Tirol, Austria
  • Bimetica Parametric Design Services, Spain
  • Rotho Blaas, Italy
  • RTD Services, Austria
  • Adserballe & Knudsen, Denmark
  • Ergodomus Timber Engineering, Italy
  • Habitech – Distretto Tecnologico Trentino, Italy
  • Splitkon, Norway
  • Knauf Gips, Germany
  • Scandi Byg, Denmark
  • HsbCAD, Germany
  • EllisDon, Canada

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