From the LIFE ETC project we wanted to highlight the indisputable role of certified wood in mitigating climate change and its importance in low-energy construction. In this sector, wood not only acts as a carbon sink, it also reduces CO2 emissions resulting from the use of other materials.
Next Wednesday 12th May, from 17h, we will continue talking about Sustainable Forest Management. Join us in the second LIFE EcoTimberCell webinar on the Forestry Sector in Galicia.
The first webinar organised in the framework of the LIFE EcoTimberCell project will take place on 5th May. This is the first of a series of sessions that, with the help of the technical team and the collaboration of experts, will give an overview of the Galician forestry sector, of wood and its contribution to climate change mitigation and of the work being carried out within the framework of the project.
Recently ITeC held a conference addressed to the Construction Industries Commission (CIC) to present the different European projects in which it participates: HOUSEFUL, BIMzeED, LIFE EcoTimberCell, SPEEDIER, POCITYF, PLURAL and MEZeroE.
LIFE EcoTimberCell has been selected among the 8 finalist projects in the Ecodesign Awards of the National Environmental Congress, Conama 2020.
On the 25th of March, the EcoTimberCell team presented the project to the students of the Vocational Training in Building of the Politécnico de Lugo. USC representatives highlighted the importance of climate change mitigation, sustainable forest management and chain of custody.
The TABLEX board manufactured by the company Betanzos HB is a hard fibre board produced from timber from sustainable and local plantations, which uses the wood's own lignin to bind the wood fibres, avoiding the use of artificial binders in its manufacture.
Last January, the LIFE EcoTimberCell team visited the company RESAI, which has offices in Lugo and Valencia, and covers from the construction of buildings and industrial warehouses, to the renovation and rehabilitation of houses, hotels or rural houses.
In reference to the LIFE EcoTimberCell project and related to the certification and validation of the EcoTimberCell structural systems that arise from this project, ITeC has recently drafted and delivered the EcoTimberCell Systems Assessment Plan.
LIFE EcoTimberCell visits sawmills to disseminate the Structural Timber Sourcing and Characterisation Guide
The "Guide to the supply and characterisation of structural timber" is a publication that provides knowledge and tools to the forestry and timber construction sector to develop the characterisation of structural timber. Due to its easy reading and abundant graphic material, it can become a very useful reference document for the Galician timber industries and their specialisation.
From LIFE EcoTimberCell we want to highlight the increase in ecosystem services provided by productive forest systems when we apply Certified Sustainable Forest Management (SFM).
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.
Help us to assess the perception of EcoTimberCell systems and the social impact of the project on climate change mitigation. Take part in our survey
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.
Did you know that it is possible to estimate the mechanical properties of a piece of wood without destructive testing?
The LIFE EcoTimberCell project applies the non-destructive methodology in the determination of mechanical properties, establishing correlations between static laboratory tests and sonic wave propagation tests. Do you want to know how? In the "Guide to the Supply and Grading of Structural Wood" you can consult the procedure followed, the equipment used and the formulas that will allow you to obtain the results for the classification of wood.
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.
The promotion and support of forest certification is essential to achieve the economic, social and respectful use of our forests
In Galicia, as in the rest of Spain, the certified forest area continues to increase year after year. 2019 closed with a total of 2.600.000 hectares of certified area in Spain, of which Galicia represents almost 10%. For more information, please consult the "Guide to the Supply and Grading of Structural Wood".
LIFE EcoTimberCell awarded in the VI VI Edición Concurso de Proxectos Empresariais Semente Ribeira Sacra
The business project Timbersoul Innovations, generated in the context of LIFE EcoTimberCell has been awarded in the VI Edición Concurso de Proxectos Empresariais Semente Ribeira Sacra.