Today we received a follow-up visit from the EASME (Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) manager, Hana Mandelikova, and the LIFE EcoTimberCell project's NEEMO monitor, María José de la Torre.
From LIFE EcoTimerCell we want to put in value the ecosystemic services provided by the productive forest systems in which sustainable forest management is applied.
The ETC+ cell has been developed in the framework of Action C3 of LIFE EcoTimberCell project. This is conceived as an EcoTimberCell in which the connection between the board and the wood is made by means of a woodworking fitting, avoiding the use of structural adhesives.
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In LIFE EcoTimberCell we are currently working on the different business and marketing lines of the structural systems developed in the project. In order to do this, we consider it essential to know the perception of EcoTimberCell systems, as well as the possible social impact that projects such as this one can generate in mitigating climate change.
In the framework of LIFE EcoTimberCell project, the characterization of the hardboard (Tablex) of Betanzos HB has been carried out, whose manufacture is characterized by not using artificial adhesives to link the wood fibers. They are high density wood fiber boards from local forests, one hundred percent ecological and sustainable. One of the objectives of the project is their incorporation into the EcoTimbercell structural systems, so their characterization seeks to adapt their performance to use with improved qualities of mechanical resistance, moisture and reaction to fire.
When we talk about wood we also talk about singularity. Knots, cracks, resin pockets, fibre deviation... all intrinsic characteristics of wood, and which make it a material with a high variability
The visual classification helps us to analyse the singularities present in a piece of wood and, based on the criteria defined in the reference standards, to determine whether or not that element is valid for a structural purpose. To learn more about how to analyze the anatomical characteristics of wood and the regulations that govern this process, please consult the "Guide to the Supply and Grading of Structural Wood".
What type of forest certification is most appropriate in my case? How do I know if my wood is suitable for structural use? What methods are available for grading?
These are some of the questions posed by the "Guide to the Supply and Grading of Structural Wood", which seeks to provide answers based on the bibliography, the applicable regulations, the experience of the PEMADE Platform in the study of wood for structural purposes, and the results obtained in the progress of the LIFE EcoTimberCell project.
Next October, the LIFE EcoTimberCell project has the honor of participating as a speaker in the Webinar "Climate neutral food and wood", organized by the Directorate General for Climate Action of the European Commission (DG CLIMA) and the Executive Agency for Small and Medium Enterprises (EASME), which will bring together for the occasion successful LIFE and Horizon 2020 projects in the areas of agriculture, food, forestry and bioeconomy. The four sectors receive financial support for research from both European programs and contribute to the fight against climate change and ensure the proper functioning of the food and wood value chains.
Considering the high variability of the characteristics and singularities of the wood, there is the necessity to carry out a process of classification that allows its characterization like structural wood. The recently published “Guía de suministro y caracterización de madera estructural” details this process based on the application of current regulations for the calculation of characteristic values and the assignment of qualities and class resistance to wood.
Wood has variability in its properties, not only depending on the species, as well for the local environment conditions and the silviculture techniques applied. It is therefore essential to know the particular properties of local wood from sustainable forest management, which will be used in the manufacture of EcoTimberCell structural systems.
The board used in LIFE EcoTimberCell project, TABLEX, is a 100% biodegradable product that uses wood lignin as a natural adhesive. This board is applied in EcoTimberCell structural systems with improved mechanical, moisture and fire resistance qualities. To learn more about the properties of this board and its application possibilities in structural systems, please consult the HB Board Catalogue
LIFE EcoTimberCell publishes the catalogue and technical sheets on the board that will integrate the EcoTimberCell ecological architectural modular systems
Among the actions of LIFE EcotimberCell project have recently concluded the work of study and improvement of the hardboard made of wood waste fibers (TABLEX), an integral and fundamental element in the construction systems developed in the project, which stands out as a 100% biodegradable product in which the wood lignin itself works as a natural adhesive for the wood fibers union, avoiding the artificial binders use typical in other wood boards.
In Life EcoTimberCell, our aim is to reduce energy consumption in construction through the development of local wood construction products from sustainable forest management. In this way, a change in the conventional construction model with a high CO2 footprint is promoted, while at the same time encouraging better use of the land.
From the resources section of the LIFE EcoTimberCell project website, you can access videos associated with this LIFE project. In the future, new self-produced videos will be included to provide more information about the project and its scope.