This week we met with the technical team of the LIFE CityAdapt3 project.
Exchange meeting between LIFE EcoTimberCell and LIFE Herotile and LIFE SUPERHERO projects to explore the possible use of HEROTILE tiles in LIFE EcoTimberCell demonstration models.
Course at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Donostia-San Sebastián to teach how to build with EcoTimberCell systems and their structural calculation.
The University of Santiago spin-off TimberSoul by Cándido Hermida SL will start its business activity in January, promoting local certified wood through the commercialisation of EcoTimberCell (ETC) structural products.
In the last days we have received in PEMADE the company Simpson Strong Tie; the representative of the area and the export manager who came from France.
Last September, the Institute of Construction Technology (ITeC), partner of the EcoTimberCell project, participated in REBUILD 2021. This event aims to promote the transformation of the sector around three fundamental axes: industrialisation, sustainability and digitalisation.
Exchange meeting between LIFE EcoTimberCell and LIFE CO2 PES&PEF to establish networks between both initiatives.
The Ecotimbercell lightened timber beam (ETC beam), developed in the LIFE EcoTimberCell project, among the two finalists in the research Category.
We met with Teresa Cervera, partner of the LIFE Climark project, to present both LIFE projects and to establish networks between both initiatives.
In June EcoTimberCell has been awarded as an eco-designed product and the first supply of products for a construction site in Galicia has been carried out
During the month of June, the LIFE EcoTimberCell project has reached two important milestones: the project has been distinguished in the Ecodesign Contest of the National Environmental Congress and EcoTimberCell products have been supplied for a first construction site in Galicia.
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.
LIFE EcoTimberCell has been selected among the 8 finalist projects in the Ecodesign Awards of the National Environmental Congress, Conama 2020.
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.
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".
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.