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
C.F. Møller – Sweden
Urbasofia SRL –Romania
Brasov Metropolitan Agency – Romania
Waugh Thistleton Architects Ltd – United Kingdom
The Alexandra Institute – Denmark
University of Siena – Italy
proHolz Tirol – Austria
Rotho Blaas SRL – Italy
rtd services OG – Austria
Adserballe & Knudsen A/S – Denmark
Ergodomus Timber Engineering – Italy
Splitkon AS – Norway
Knauf Gips KG – Germany
Scandi Byg A/S – Denmark
hsbCAD GmbH – Germany
EllisDon – Canada