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Exploring Wood-Based Building: New timber test facility launch

 Wednesday, April 17, 2024

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The ‘Build-in-Wood Demonstrator’, a result of extensive European collaboration and innovation, is currently under construction at the Danish Technological Institute near Copenhagen, Denmark. For specifically this project, a unique test is running. This project is a highlight of wood-based building.

The two-storey, 340 m2 demonstration building, is an achievement of the EU-supported Build-in-Wood innovation project. In addition, it involves 21 partners spanning the wood construction value chain. Featuring a structure of glulam columns and beams, CLT floor slabs, and lightweight wooden façade elements, this building exemplifies the Build-in-Wood building system developed during the project.

A kit of parts

The Build-in-Wood building system comprises a kit of parts which can be tailored to achieve the range of performances criteria typically required for residential or commercial multi-storey buildings across Europe.

The system features a structural post and beam frame alongside a non-structural facade, designed either as a kit of parts or as standalone elements. This design promotes the reuse, retrofitting, and extension of existing building stock.

“The Build in Wood system addresses the perceived challenges associated with building in timber and provides definitive answers to issues of fire, moisture and acoustics. Suitable for commercial, residential and retrofit applications the system is the blueprint for sustainable low carbon buildings” says Associate Director Kirsten Haggart, Waugh Thistleton Architects, one of the partners behind the project.

Test of future building materials

The prototype building will not only showcase and test the Build-in-Wood system, but also demonstrate the building’s capacity to be easily disassembled and reconfigured.

The prototype building provides various industry stakeholders with a unique opportunity to test and document new innovative building materials, components, and systems on a full scale in real life conditions. Test data will be collated on acoustics, indoor climate, insulation performance and moisture.

Source: Build-in-Wood

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