Engineered wood products can make a large contribution to transforming the construction sector from a source of carbon into a sink. The main objective is to demonstrate that wood construction chains can be optimized to foster both rural development and urban transformation whilst being connected with sustainable forest management in Europe. The core idea is to enable the construction of a mid-sized building with the lowest possible hectares of forest. Two full-scale medium-sized demo buildings will be constructed in Finland and France using innovative architecture and a complete digitalization of the 'forest to building' chain to show how wood construction can create benefits for rural areas.
    Project lead: Javier García Jaca
    Coordinating Partner: Technalia
    Funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme

    Build in Wood

    To meet the global and European challenges of reducing the GHG emissions from the construction sector, Build-in-Wood will develop a sustainable and innovative wood value chain for the construction of multi-storey wood buildings. The ambition of the project is to make optimized and cost effective wood construction methods common practice in the European construction sector .Build-in-Wood will address this challenge by innovative development of materials and components as well as structural systems and façade elements for multi-storey wood buildings fit for both new construction and retrofitting. Developments will be tested, piloted and fully documented for immediate market uptake. Active engagement of selected cities will strengthen the urban-rural connections. The project aims to lay the foundation for post-project full scale construction projects using developed solutions.
    Project lead: Niels Morsing
    Coordinating partner: Danish Technological Institute


    The overall objective of the ERA-NET Cofund Action ‘ForestValue – Innovating forest-based bioeconomy’ is to promote increased innovation and competitiveness of the forest-based sector in Europe and support its transformation from a resource-intensive to a knowledge-intensive, productive, resource-efficient and resilient sector. The aim of ForestValue is to comprise the joint implementation of a trans-national call for proposals for research, development and innovation in the forest-based sector with a clear financial commitment from the participating national (or regional) research programmes and the EU.
    Project lead: Mika Kallio
    Coordinator: Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Finland (MMM)


    In INTRIDE we are leading the creation of a strong link and continuous interaction among HEIs (Higher Education Institutions), industry and intermediaries by developing a joint curriculum of the designer with soft, digital and green skills conceived as innovation trigger in activating innovation processes and managing the collaboration ecosystem.
    Project lead: Universita Delgi Studi Firenze
    Cofunded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union


    ROSEWOOD4.0 harnesses digital solutions and boosts knowledge transfer to connect multiple actors along the forest value chain to reinforce the sustainability of wood mobilisation in Europe. ROSEWOOD4.0 builds on the ROSEWOOD network of regional hubs, extending this well-established network both in geographical reach and the breadth of tools and solutions shared with stakeholders across Europe. ROSEWOOD4.0 focuses on digitalisation and digital tools for knowledge transfer, training and coaching, enabling practitioners to share knowhow with much wider impact.
    Project lead: Dr. Anthony Salingre
    This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme

    Timber Engineering Research Group

    ‌The Timber Engineering Research Group (TERG) was established at NUI Galway in 2004 by Prof. Annette Harte. TERG aims to support the increased use of timber as a sustainable construction material by performing technical and scientific research to create a broader understanding of the basic material and develop added-value engineered wood products.
    Project lead: Prof. Annette Harte
    Partner: The Ryan Institute for Marine, Environmental and Energy Research


    WoodCircus project's main goal is to promote wood-based value chains as a key part of a circular bioeconomy in Europe. This goal is pursued by studying, assessing and highlighting efficiency of wood-based value chains in the wood construction sector. It englobes the mobilisation and first transformation of wood, building and construction activities, production side streams, reuse and recycling aspects. Contributing to the development of sustainable societies, it is expected to create more employment predominantly in rural areas in Europe by connecting them to the urbanisation process.
    Project lead: Anne-Christine Ritschkoff
    The WoodCircus consortium is formed by 17 partners from 7 European countries


    The purpose of the WOODigital project (2020-22) is to improve the digital skills - Industry 4.0 - of young Europeans (ages 18 to 35) working or interested in working in the wood and furniture sector, through dual (VET - vocational education and training) training methodology. VET dual training combines activities carried out in both the training center and in companies. In other words, it is a work-based training modality.
    Project lead: Mouvement des Entreprises de France Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes