Waugh Thistleton wins place on Build-in-Wood consortium

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Waugh Thistleton Architects has been selected as the only UK partner in a new EU consortium, Build-in-Wood, targeting the reduction of CO2 emissions through increased use of wood for multi-storey buildings

Build-in-Wood is a €8.6m (~£7.48m) project awarded by Horizon 2020.

The project is made up of a consortium of 21 partners. Its goal is to make wood the main choice of material for construction of multi-storey buildings.

Kirsten Haggart of Waugh Thistleton, commented: “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 Build-in-Wood consortium partners represent the entire value 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 includes manufacturers, end users, politicians, and local European communities to increase the knowledge and acceptance of wood as a building material.

European demand for the construction of apartments is estimated at 1.6 million units annually.

Build-in-Wood is receiving funding from the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and will run for four years from September 2019 to August 2023.

Build-in-Wood consortium partners are:

Danish Technological Institute (Coordinator) – Denmark

The Norwegian Institute of Wood Technology –Norway

C.F. Møller – Sweden

National Technical University of Athens – Greece

Urbasofia SRL –Romania

Brasov Metropolitan Agency – Romania

Waugh Thistleton Architects Ltd – United Kingdom

The Alexandra Institute – Denmark

University of Siena – Italy

proHolz Tirol – Austria

Bimetica Parametric Design Services S.L. – Spain

Rotho Blaas SRL – Italy

rtd services OG – Austria

Adserballe & Knudsen A/S – Denmark

Ergodomus Timber Engineering – Italy

Habitech – Distretto Tecnologico Trentino S.c.a r.l. – Italy

Splitkon AS – Norway

Knauf Gips KG – Germany

Scandi Byg A/S – Denmark

hsbCAD GmbH – Germany

EllisDon – Canada


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