FDB Møbler – designet med fokus på den bæredygtige ansvarlighed


Møbler skal give plads til mennesket og holde i flere generationer. Dette har været filosofien for FDB Møbler siden 1942, hvor tegnestuen blev stiftet med arkitekt Børge Mogensen som den første leder. Mange nye designere er sidenhen kommet til, men det grundlæggende er stadig som fra begyndelsen; at skabe æstetiske, funktionelle møbler af høj håndværksmæssig kvalitet, hvor der lægges vægt på at fremme den bæredygtige ansvarlighed.

Da FDB Møblers tegnestue blev stiftet i 1942, var det som et oprør mod det bestående. Målet var at designe smukke, funktionelle møbler – ikke bare til velhavere men til alle. Man gik ganske enkelt stik imod datidens tunge, ukomfortable møbler for at hylde og give plads til livet, som det leves i både tykt og tyndt. FDB Møbler er således en bevægelse, der begyndte i 40’erne, men som stadig er lige aktuel.

Hos FDB Møbler arbejder vi ud fra fire kerneværdier, som skaber fundamentet for de store ambitioner, vi hver dag rækker ud mod. Den første er menneskelighed. Denne betyder blandt andet, at alle møbler er designet ud fra, hvordan mennesker fungerer, og hvad de har brug for. Møblerne er ikke til pynt, men til brug, og har alle en designer bag, der lægger sin sjæl i at skabe holdbar kvalitet. Den anden værdi er holdbarhed. Denne findes i det tidløse design, materialevalget og konstruktionerne, der sikrer brugeren robusthed og kvalitet, som kan tåle patina. Møblerne er skabt til at holde i generationer og at gøre op med ’brug og smid væk-kulturen’. Den tredje værdi består af ansvarlighed. Hos FDB Møbler stiller vi særligt strenge krav til miljø, sundhed og sikkerhed – og derfor produceres blandt andet alle møbler af FSC-certificeret og bæredygtigt træ, samt er alle tekstiler OEKO-TEX-certificerede. Vi passer på skovene, hvor vi fælder, og tager ikke fra naturen uden at give noget tilbage. Den fjerde og sidste værdi er tilgængelighed. På den ene side tilbyder FDB Møbler designmøbler til fornuftige priser, men på den anden side går vi aldrig på kompromis med kvaliteten.

FDB Møbler har høje ambitioner for en bæredygtig produktion. Alle møbler bliver produceret i FSC-certificeret træ, hvor tekstiler er OEKO-TEX-certificeret, men målet er med direktør for FDB Møbler Ole Kiels egne ord; ”At blive Danmarks mest ansvarlige møbelvirksomhed.” Dette skal ske ved, at alle møbler inden 2025 skal være Svanemærket – udover de 11 produkter, som allerede har den nordiske mærkning. Den bæredygtige og ansvarlige produktion er ingen nem opgave, men med ambitionerne, der har været på plads siden relanceringen af brandet i 2013, arbejder FDB Møbler hver dag på at nå sine mål.

FUN-FACT: FDB Møblers ikoniske J46 spisebordsstol, der er designet af Poul M. Volther, udleder cirka den samme mængde CO2 som en oksestegsbøf på 350 gram og kan holde i flere årtier.

You can experience FDB Møbler’s furniture at the balcony and in the meeting room in Docken at Build in Wood 25-26 August 2020.

FDB Møbler – Focus on sustainable accountability


Furniture must be designed for people, and last for generations. This has been the philosophy of FDB Møbler since 1942, when the drawing office was founded with the architect Børge Mogensen at its head. Many new designers have since been and gone, but the approach basically remains the same today as it was back then – creating high-quality and aesthetic furniture with an emphasis on promoting sustainable accountability.

The foundation of the FDB Møbler design studio in 1942 marked something of a rebellion against standard furniture-making at the time. The goal was to design beautiful, functional furniture – not just for affluent customers but for everyone. Essentially, it was a move against heavy and uncomfortable furniture in order to celebrate and accommodate daily living with all its ups and downs. In other words, FDB Møbler represents a movement that began in the 1940s, but which is still just as relevant today.

At FDB Møbler, we work on the basis of four core values, which underpin the bold ambitions we strive to achieve every day. The first is humanity. This means, among other things, that all our furniture is designed on the basis of how people live and what they need. The furniture is not for decoration, but for use, and behind each piece is a designer who has devoted themselves to producing lasting quality. The second value is durability. This is found in the timeless design, the choice of materials and the way in which the furniture is constructed, ensuring a robustness and quality that can patinate. The furniture is designed to last for generations, and to provide an alternative to today’s consumer ‘throw-away’ culture. The third value is accountability. At FDB Møbler, we demand particularly high environmental, health and safety standards. Consequently, all our furniture is produced, for example, from FSC-certified and sustainable wood, while all textiles are OEKO-TEX-certified. We look after the forests where the wood we use is felled, and we don’t take from nature without giving something back. The fourth and final value is accessibility. On the one hand FDB Møbler offers designer furniture at affordable prices, but on the other we never compromise on quality.

FDB Møbler has high ambitions for sustainable production. All our furniture is already made from FSC-certified wood, and upholstered using OEKO-TEX-certified textiles, but the company’s goal, according to CEO Ole Kiel, is “To become Denmark’s most responsible furniture-maker”. To realise this goal, all the company’s furniture will be Nordic Swan-ecolabelled by 2025 – in addition to the 11 products which already carry the Nordic Swan Ecolabel. Sustainable and responsible production is no easy task, but while following the ambitious course which was set in connection with the relaunch of the brand in 2013, FDB Møbler is constantly working to achieve its goals.

FUN FACT: The carbon footprint of FDB Møbler’s iconic J46 dining chair, designed by Poul M. Volther, and which can last for decades, is about the same as a 350 g steak.

You can experience FDB Møbler’s furniture at the balcony and in the meeting room in Docken at Build in Wood 25-26 August 2020.

Wood initiatives in Denmark from a City Architect’s perspective


As opening speakers at Build in Wood 25-26 August, City Architects Camilla van Deurs and Stephen Willacy in Copenhagen and Aarhus respectively will kick-off the event talking about wood initiatives in Denmark.

Hear e.g. about Copenhagen’s strategy to accommodate more than 10.000 new citizens every year and simultaneously being CO2 neutral in 2025, and about Aarhus’ innovative approaches to reach CO2 neutrality in 2030. In this post, you can read a small statement from the City Architects about their perspective on wood and timber constructions.

 

“As the City Architect to Copenhagen I am very interested in understanding the possibilities for promoting more sustainability within the building industry. Copenhagen has an ambitious goal of reaching carbon neutrality by 2025 and one of the main challenges lies within the built environment. Building in wood can potentially be a tool in terms of reaching these goals, therefore I am curious to learn more about how we as a municipality can help to promote wood constructions as a part of the green transition.

One of the challenges I see is that most of the wood projects right now are in prefabricated elements, and these often create a quite generic architecture where the building modules are very visible. This can create an esthetic challenge when building in the existing city in the adaptation to the architectural qualities of the project.”

Camilla van Deurs, City Architect of Copenhagen

 

“We have in Aarhus built some milestone timber housing schemes in recent years and we are keen to continue this work in different sectors. There have several innovative timber tall building projects in the pipeline which are pushing us all to think in new ways, which is very healthy. We know the building industry is a major source of CO2 emissions, so the desire to build in wood coincides naturally with the City of Aarhus’ ambitious plans to become CO2 neutral city by 2030. When that is said, we are faced with challenges for example in relationship to building above four stories here in Denmark.

Similarly, procurement routes in connection with public sector work makes it difficult suggest preferences. Whilst our close neighbors in Sweden, Norway and Germany seem to have met these challenges, we are struggling. We have the know-how; architects, engineers, specialists, investors/developers and education and research institutions who are at the forefront and are working successfully in these neighboring countries – so let’s make the most of this here in our home market.”

Stephen Willacy, City Architect of Aarhus

 

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Andrew Waugh: We research, we design, we draw and we build in timber


Andrew Waugh is the founding director of Waugh Thistleton Architects, a world leading architecture practice dedicated to designing buildings that acknowledge their impact on the environment. Andrew Waugh was e.g. responsible for Murray Grove, a first mover project within tall timber construction, and Bushey Cemetery which was shortlisted for the Stirling Prize in 2018.

At Build in Wood, you can hear Andrew Waugh talk about CLT, modular housing, prefabrication and a fast changing world. You will get an expert’s point of view on the qualities of different methods, and how the timber revolution will change the face of architecture.

In this post, you can read an interview with Andrew Waugh.

 

What is your perspective on wood in construction and its role for the green transition?

It is absolutely key for the transition that we need to make. As a species and as humanity we are facing the most important 10 years we have ever faced in terms of our climate and our planet. At the same time, we have a massive shift in our demographics towards the city and towards a greater urbanization. So we need to build homes in the cities, and those homes need to be built in a way which doesn’t increase climate change.

From my perspective personally, architecture is an optimistic profession. You are thinking about a future that can be better, that’s why you build buildings. Faced with climate change, and the impact on our daily life and on our children and grandchildren can feel oppressive, but realizing that we can be part of the solution is really an exciting proposition.

Now in the UK, about 40 % of our greenhouse gas emissions come from the construction, refurbishment and the management of buildings. We need to find alternative methods of construction to traditional concrete and steel, and the only real viable material is engineered timber.

 

How do you and Waugh Thistleton Architects work with wood?

Our fascination with timber started about 20 years ago. We built our first CLT building in 2003 and the fascination has been increasing ever since. From the very start, we have been thinking about building in timber and really understood not only the sustainable benefits but also the design benefits and the architectural opportunity that the material presented.

As soon as we started to understand the implications of what it was, we were doing, we got increasingly passionate about it. And now, the office designs everything to be in timber. We research, we design, we draw, and we build in timber.

Occasionally, some of our clients decide not to build in timber, but then we always try to find other ways to reduce the carbon burden of that building. In practice, we have 25 live projects in the office at the moment. Two of them are not timber, but they were both designed in timber, so we are a busy little practice and fascinated by wood.

In the past for our clients, the sustainability credentials were good for marketing but often beyond that they didn’t really care. Now I think there is a paradigm shift taking place in terms of our culture towards on understanding of our responsibilities for our children and our grandchildren.

 

From your perspective, what are the opportunities of building with wood?

Building with timber is not only a low carbon building material, it is a low carbon construction process, because there is a lot of prefabrication, it is very light, so it takes a reduced amount of transportation, reduced foundations, it is easy to work, it is easy to cut, it is easy to fix, it is easy to connect, it is a great insulator and it is healthy to live in.

By using timber are we not only reducing the amount of carbon that we produce in manufacturing the material, we are also storing carbon within the building. In this way, the building becomes a carbon store. Timber is also a replenishable resource, and every tree we cut down, we plant three or four more. This is the only building material, where we are not taking up the Earth’s resources, and this really needs to be the focus of our attention, both the architects and contractors, government, politics etc.

 

From your perspective, why don’t we use more wood in construction in Denmark? What are the challenges?

 I think there are probably a few challenges in Denmark. You don’t have many trees and therefore not much of a timber industry and that would probably be your number one challenge, I would imagine one we share in the UK.

You also have some very talented architects and engineering practices that have a lot of influence internationally. But those practices have unfortunately not demonstrated a real recognition in terms of their responsibility to the environment. When we see big, international practices turning around and recognizing the importance of the impact on the environment, then we will probably see that influence pay out in the rest of Danish construction.

Therefore, we need to encourage those people to realize what the implications of their work are, and we need to excite them about the opportunities to build a new architecture in timber. A new architecture heralds a new age. And that is a great opportunity for architects, engineers and developers to really take on the contemporary challenge.

 

How about legislation, do you also see that as a challenge?

Legislation is absolutely imperative, and governments need to lead us and the industry. We need a massive transition in the next 10 years and there is no way that can’t be really inspired, framed, encouraged, paid for by our governments. If they don’t invest in the future now, it is going to bite them very quickly. It has to be ‘carrot and stick’.

 

How do you think the industry for wooden constructions will develop within the next 5-10 years?

I think it has to develop massively. Every year, the amount of engineering timber that has been produced across the world has been doubled and it just needs to keep on increasing. The next 5-10 years are absolutely key for humanity and engineered timber is what we need to focus on.

As an industry, we also need to realize that architecture is construction. Architects tend to exist outside of construction or see themselves as a ‘Jedi Knight character’, who isn’t directly involved in construction. But we really need to rediscover the notion and practice of the master builder.

Construction uses most of the world’s material, it takes up its land fill, it causes the most pollution, and therefore architecture needs to take this on board the next 5-10 years. It is an opportunity for timber construction to form a new architecture.

 

What will you be talking about at Build in Wood 2020, and will there be any specific key take-aways?

I suppose passion is the main thing I want to give as key take-away. It can’t be about designing a building and then thinking about doing it in timber afterwards. There needs to be a passion for change and a passion for understanding our responsibility. The industry needs to spread the word and tell everybody they know that they need to change their practice and that they need to get behind the new future for architecture.

That’s what I would hope for the participants and maybe learn a little bit about timber too.

 

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Jan Christensen: How to achieve high sound insulation in wood buildings


Jan Christensen is Corporate Technical Director – Acoustics at MOE, and he is also speaking at Build in Wood 25-26 August. Jan Christensen is one the speakers at the Track Acoustics, where you will be presented with experiences and examples with different solutions to the challenges with sound and acoustics in wooden buildings.

Jan will give a presentation about sound insulation in wooden buildings and he will talk about the main challenges to achieve satisfactory acoustic conditions, design criteria’s and overall solutions.

In this post, you can read an interview with Jan Christensen.

What is your perspective on wood and its role for green transition?

Every corner of the community must take responsibility for the environment and react sustainably. My perspective is that the building industry must and can contribute to this task by using wood as a sustainable building element. The technical challenges that wood represent as building material can be solved and will over time result in standard solutions.

How do you MOE work with wood?

MOE has established a “Knowledge Centre for Timber Constructions” in which we put interdisciplinary specialist together to give our customers the best advices in an early stage for the project.
The knowledge center is based on specialists with dedication and experience with wood as building materials.

From your perspective, what are the opportunities of building with wood?

Beside the sustainability there are shorter construction time and less moisture in the building. These matters are not my specialty – the main issue is the sustainable building, where almost everything is possible, if you attack the project with an open mind and knowledge.

From your perspective, why don’t we use more wood in construction than we do today?

From earlier time, there are the perception about wood, that it burns, attract moisture and mold, and the acoustic conditions are poor. This is the main challenges that costumers bring to our knowledge center.
But for all these challenges there are solutions that address these prejudices.
I am pretty sure, that the industry in a short time will present standard elements that fulfill all the different requirements – exactly in the same way as traditional building elements does today.

What will you be talking about at Build in Wood 2020, and will there be any specific key take-aways?

My speech will address the acoustic challenges. I will tell about the challenges to use lightweight materials, and at the same time achieve todays acoustic indoor environment.
How do you achieve high sound insulation – which direction is the best. This will be presented in a non-engineering way.

What do you hope the outcome for the participants at Build in Wood is?

I hope that the outcome will give more focus on building design, and less focus on the prejudices for wooden constructions – there are solutions that help you.

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Catharina Winberg: Växjö’s journey towards a modern wooden city


As part of an ambitious wood construction strategy, Växjö Municipality in Sweden has politically decided that in 2020 50% of all new buildings should be in wood. At Build in Wood 25-26 August, you can hear more about Växjö’s ambitions, how this succeed so well and what initiatives were done, when Catharina Winberg, Chairman Växjö Kommunföretag AB & Member of the Municipal Council, speaks about the political initiatives on a local level.

In this post, you can read an interview with Catharina Winberg.

What is your perspective on wood and its role for green transition?

Wood has a huge impact on the green transition. 20% (in Sweden) of the CO2 emissions come from the building sector. Just by using wood you could probably reduce the emissions by 50%.

By using LCAs this could probably be reduced even more. Wood is a low-hanging fruit in the green transition.

 

How do you and Växjö Kommunföretag work with wood?

We have a wood building strategy which says 50% of all new buildings built by our organization should be in wood. We procure this from the private sector which indirectly effect the building sector and we are a big buyer. Also when selling land we can require that the buyer will build a wooden building on that piece of land.

 

From your perspective, what are the opportunities of building with wood?

Environment, new jobs, faster building process, higher quality and precision – just to mention a few advantages.

 

From your perspective, why don’t we use more wood in construction than we do today?

A challenge is too few suppliers, laws and regulations, lack of knowledge (both in private and public sector).

Suppliers are increasing, conventional building systems are developed. LCAs will be standard pushing the building industry into more environment friendly materials.

 

What will you be talking about at Build in Wood 2020, and will there be any specific key take-aways?

I will be talking about Växjö´s journey towards a modern wooden city.

 

What do you hope the outcome for the participants at Build in Wood is?

Hopefully the event will encourage more cities to use more wood in construction.

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Camilla Fabricius: Wood is a growing industry – for politicians, political parties and everyday citizens


Camilla Fabricius is Member of Parliament & Housing Commitee, Socialdemokratiet, and she is part of the political debate “How can politics and legislation enable the growth of wood in construction in Denmark?” at Build in Wood 25-26 August. In the debate, politicians and decision makers in Denmark will discuss the use of wood in construction projects, political initiatives and the new voluntary sustainability class.

In this post, you can read an interview with Camilla Fabricius.

What is your perspective on wood and its role for green transition?

To me, wood used for construction is a huge opportunity for the green transition to really get on its tracks – which is so important to our planet, as well as the future of mankind. Big words I know, but so is the potential.

How do you work with wood?

As an elected member of the Danish Parliament, I don’t work with wood as such – although I sometimes wish I did. As a politician, I believe in looking for ways to advance our society in the directions most needed. That is why I am here, to educate myself in making a difference politically. No matter how simple or inevitable things may seem, there is always a political dimension – and therefore also potential for change.

From your perspective, what are the opportunities of building with wood?

The environmental perspective is the most appealing selling point for most people. But I also see a will towards exploring the way wooden constructions have some potential in terms of its influence on how we live together. This industry wants to do more than just put a roof over people’s heads, and I salute that. I was fortunate enough to attend a seminar on the benefits from building in wood at the University of Copenhagen, and an architect said something like: “If you build it beautifully, it will last longer.” Good piece of advice.

From your perspective, why don’t we use more wood in construction than we do today?

Building in wood is a growing industry, but for most mainstream politicians, political parties and even everyday citizens, it might still be considered a somehow alternative way of building. I think we need a broad national consensus that has the vision, courage and will to initiate large scale building in wood. I am talking about living space for thousands of families. But to do that, we must establish a system that defines both building parameters, material parameters and the channels used to recycle the wood from one production into another. The key is to protect the wood and to keep it in use as long as possible.

In order to go large-scale, we also need to face the concerns of not only the insurance companies , but indeed also the public – after all, they are what guides most politicians. We need to explain the fire hazard with science and fact over and over again in order to soothe those sometimes undue concerns.

How do you think the industry for wooden constructions will develop within the next 5-10 years?

Plant trees, grow trees, use trees – then start over. It is a beautiful circle, and every time we go around, we remove more poison from our atmosphere. What’s not to like? That is why I think the industry will grow and play a huge part in defining how we are going to live together in the future. I think there is a huge potential for the industry as people open their eyes to see how wise building in wood is in several ways.

What will you be talking about at Build in Wood 2020, and will there be any specific key take-aways?

It is my intention to try to initiate a constructive dialogue: How to make room for the political dimension in your projects. How to spot opportunities to inspire and influence legislation on a national scale. If this agenda is supposed to reach top political level – and I certainly hope so –  we must discuss it, not only behind closed doors, but directly with the people that are supposed to incorporate this in their ways life.

What do you hope the outcome for the participants at Build in Wood is?

I hope that we all can return to our homes, knowing that we’re not alone with our passion for the environmentally sound building in wood.

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Jonas Sangberg: Let’s start with smaller projects instead of erecting Europe’s highest wood building


Jonas Sangberg is Creative Director & Owner at SANGBERG, and he is speaking at Build in Wood 25-26 August. Jonas Sangberg is one of the speakers at the track Architectural Value, where you get presented with 3 opinions to how wood can and should act as an architectural driver. Jonas Sangberg will talk about the flexibility of wood and how SANGBERG aims at exploiting the qualities of wood when designing for the future.

In this post, you can read an interview with Jonas Sangberg.

What is your perspective on wood and its role for green transition?

Given that the construction industry accounts for 40% of society’s energy consumption, 35% of material consumption and 30% of waste production, it is an absolute no brainer to focus on the construction industry in order to reduce our energy consumption, fight climate changes and fulfill the ambitions of a CO2 neutral society. Wood is one of the most climate-friendly materials you can build with and increasing the use of wood as building material is a major step on the road towards a less fossil-dependent construction industry and a more sustainable society.

How do you and SANGBERG work with wood?

We pursue an overall strategy which we call ‘The Future is Light’, where we focus on decreasing the environmental impact of our projects by building with sustainable and CO2 neutral materials. We are currently involved in three wood projects. Firstly, we are engaged in Agorahaverne, a sustainable, community-based housing project for senior citizens, that we have developed with Tetris A/S. The first project is currently under construction in Slagelse, but the plan is to spread the concept all over Denmark in the coming years. And on the German island Helgoland, we have just finished 68 climate-friendly apartments, that are made of prefab wooden modules, and we are also working on one of the major social housing organizations first wood project.

From your perspective, what are the opportunities of building with wood?

Building in wood has a positive impact on a personal, industrial and society level. Besides a positive impact on CO2 emissions, building in wood also means rapid construction times; a reduction in the need for transportation of construction materials and the associated carbon emissions; a cleaner and more efficient construction site; greater precision with offsite manufacturing; simple construction techniques and tools; using renewable building materials that also can be easily disassembled and recycled at the end of the building’s lifespan. Timber is also hygroscopic and great for regulating humidity, having a positive impact on indoor air quality.

From your perspective, why don’t we use more wood in construction than we do today? What are the challenges?

Lack of knowledge regarding how to build in wood and very few Danish completed wood projects means that stakeholders within the building industry are relatively reluctant to build in wood. This also means that there is still an underdeveloped infrastructure for wood constructions. Even though I’m convinced that we have to build more in wood, this is a new journey that the building industry has to embark upon, and there will be lots of questions that have to be answered, and new methods that have to be implemented. But on the other hand, we don’t have to start from scratch, and I suggest that we look to other countries and learn from them. And – I can’t stress this enough – we have to use wood where it makes sense. And let’s start with smaller projects that we can control, instead of erecting Europe’s highest wood building for a start. As we start building more in wood on a national level, we will become gradually wiser, and then we will be able to build higher and bigger.

How do you think the industry for wooden constructions will develop within the next 5-10 years?

The increased focus on sustainability has led to an equally increased focus on wood constructions, and you just have to follow your newsfeed to see that all stakeholders in the construction value chain are pushing the wood agenda forward. The Danish housing minister has proclaimed that a new sustainability class will become mandatory in the building regulations in 2022, and this will probably lead to an increase in wood building in Denmark. Within that timespan we will also have finished projects that we can learn from and have developed an infrastructure that will push wood constructions even further.

What do you hope the outcome for the participants at Build in Wood is?

First of all it’s my hope that everyone will be inspired, learn more about the possibilities as well as the challenges and realize that building in wood isn’t much harder that more conventional building methods. Furthermore, I hope, that we can create new partnerships across the entire value chain, and together ignite the build in wood revolution that I see is already emerging.

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Annette Christensen: Knowledge is crucial to increase the use of wood in the construction sector


Annette Christensen is Industry Sector Executive at the Association of Danish Wood and Furniture Industries (Træ- og møbelindustrien). She is part of the political debate “How can politics and legislation enable the growth of wood in construction in Denmark?” at Build in Wood 25-26 August, where she will discuss political initiatives and wood in construction projects in Denmark with politicians and decision makers. (The debate will be in English)

 In this post, you can read an interview with Annette Christensen.

What is your perspective on wood and its role for green transition?

Wood is an amazing material that can play a substantial role in the green transition of our society.

How do you and Association of Danish Wood and Furniture Industries work with wood?

At the Association of Danish Wood and Furniture Industries we have 300 member companies. Most of them use wood. They make the chair you sit on. The kitchen where you cook. The window you are looking out of. And the rafters your roof is on.

From your perspective, what are the opportunities of building with wood?

The interest in wood as a construction material is growing. However, people who not part of the wood sector are often not aware that choosing wood and timber solutions can save carbon emissions. We need to raise awareness about this.

From your perspective, why don’t we use more wood in construction than we do today? What are the challenges?

Knowledge is crucial if we are to increase the use of wood in the construction sector. In the wood sector we are really good at sharing knowledge with each other. However, we need to become better at sharing our knowledge with people outside the sector. Decision makers at all levels need to be made aware that wooden buildings are among the solutions to climate change. Mr. and Mrs. Denmark need to be aware of this. Builders need to know as well as politicians. In addition, we need to train more engineers with knowledge of wood structures in order to change the business as usual building strategy.

What will you be talking about at Build in Wood 2020, and will there be any specific key take-aways?

We need to focus a lot more on the carbon footprint of materials used in the construction sector. It is not easy, but it is important. Like Albert Einstein said ”Many of the things you can count, don’t count. Many of the things you can’t count, really count”. The new voluntary sustainability class within the building code contains a requirement to make a life cycle assessment of the overall climate impact of the building. This is an important step in the right direction. We need more knowledge and more practice in assessing the carbon footprint, so we can calculate what the CO2 load is per square meter.

What do you hope the outcome for the participants at Build in Wood is?

I hope the participants at Build in Wood in 2020 will get new insights and ideas on what kind of knowledge it is important to share with decisionmakers outside the wood sector.

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Bo Pedersen: Wood can be used in most constructions

At Build in Wood 25-26 August, you can get inspiration for the design of timber hybrid structures from an engineering point of view. Corporate Technical Director Bo Pedersen from MOE will help you achieve the best structural performance and give input to how you can combine materials to optimize the structure. You will also hear about MOE’s experience with the design of numerous timber buildings, including a new groundbreaking project; TR3.

TR3 is a hybrid 20 story building to be constructed by waste wood, recycled concrete and used windmills at Aarhus Sydhavn. The goal is to reach 20 meters in height and make it the highest hybrid structure in Denmark.

In this post, you can read an interview with Bo Pedersen.

How do you and MOE work with wood?

I have been inspired by the way they build in wood in southern Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Starting in the seventies, they developed building systems in massive wood that were more suitable for multistory buildings than the Scandinavian framework tradition. For the last 20 years, we have been working with massive wood constructions in residential and office buildings, where concrete elements normally are used, because we believe that wood constructions are a serious alternative to concrete in those areas – both in performance and in price. We have used inspiration and know-how from our collaboration with German manufacturers and transformed it into something we believe is more suitable for the Danish market.

From your perspective, what are the opportunities of building with wood?

Wood has other properties than steel and concrete. But applied under the right conditions, wood can be used in most constructions, and combined with steel and concrete the possibilities are wide, as we already see today in road bridges, multistory buildings etc.

From your perspective, why don’t we use more wood in construction today? What are the challenges?

Most of all, we don’t use more wood because of the tradition in our building industry. It takes time to change, but EU’s 2030 climate target will speed it up as we already see in effect today. I think multistory buildings in wood/hybrid buildings will be common in the future, which will increase the use of wood and have a positive effect on the wood industry.

What will you be talking about at Build in Wood 2020?

I will talk about some of the projects we are working on, the constructions chosen and the motive for the selected constructions.

What do you hope the outcome for the participants at Build in Wood is?

I hope the participants will see that using wood as the main construction in tall buildings is possible, that there is no building regulations that prevent multistory buildings, that we have the know-how to make these projects ourselves and that we don’t need to wait and look at what our neighbouring countries are doing.

Do you want to hear more about TR3 and timber hybrid structures?

Join Build in Wood at Docken on 25-26 August and hear Bo Pedersen’s keynote.

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Antonino Vultaggio: The Cradle – how we do things better than just “less bad”

German HPP Architekten is developing The Cradle, Düsseldorf’s first hybrid timber construction office building. The Cradle is inspired by the Cradle to Cradle ® concept and shows how architecture makes the sustainable city possible.

 

At Build in Wood 27-28 May 2020, Antonino Vultaggio, Architect & Partner in HPP Architekten (DE), is one of the keynote speakers, and you can hear Antonino Vultaggio talk about how hybrid and wood buildings can minimize carbon footprint and how The Cradle is a way to do things better than just make them “less bad”.  In this post, you can read an interview with Antonino Vultaggio.

 

What is your perspective on wood and its role for green transition?

Thanks to natural growth, wood binds around 1 ton of CO2 per cubic metre. For producing 1 cubic meter of cement, on the other hand, an average of 1 ton of CO2 is arised. Building with wood therefore is an essential topic for the indispensable paradigm shift for ecologically compatible architecture.

 

From your perspective, what are the opportunities of building with wood?

Besides the ecological aspects, extensive prefabrication and factory finished surfaces allow a construction time reduction as well as a quality improvement by manufacturing in protected production rooms. For the environment, the reduction of noise emissions and construction waste does have a positive impact.

 

We hear a lot about the positive sides of wood. From your perspective, why don’t we use more wood in construction than we do today?

Currently there are no approved systems for fire protection in wood. This makes it difficult to construct large buildings in pure wood construction without encapsulating the load-bearing elements. Politics have started to rethink and as a result, more and more planners and manufacturers are looking at timber construction and its possibilities, so that a number of solutions can be expected in the next few years.

 

What will you be talking about at Build in Wood 2020, and will there be any specific key take-aways?

Exemplified by our project The Cradle in Düsseldorf, I will be talking about how we do things better than just make them “less bad”. The Cradle aims to generate a positive footprint for people and the environment: Besides improving the CO2 footprint of the project right from the start through timber, the user is offered a healthy and pleasant working atmosphere, which is achieved, among other things, by using non-toxic materials. The digitally linked Material Passport furthermore lists all the materials used, which provides precise information about the available stock and for later dismantling. The hybrid timber building thus becomes a material depot / an urban mine for the future city.

 

What do you hope the outcome for the participants at Build in Wood is?

Suggestions, solutions and the encouraging to go on with innovative approaches!

 

Experience Antonino Vultaggio at Build in Wood

Join Antonino Vultaggio at Build in Wood at Docken on 27-28 May, where you can discuss the potential of building with wood with the rest of the industry.

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The program for Build in Wood 2020 is out!


We proudly present you the program for this year’s Build in Wood 27-28 May 2020! It’s the 3rd edition of Build in Wood and the largest to date.

Explore the program and see all the speakers.

Why don’t we use more wood in the construction industry? The biggest challenges are the lack of knowledge, lack of experiences and political obstacles. At Build in Wood, you get in-depth knowledge from international experts and hands-on experiences from innovative projects.

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Let’s overcome the challenges together and build in wood

– Get facts and in-depth knowledge on wood construction
– Be inspired by visionary projects and learn from others’ experiences
– Participate in debates about wood construction and politics

Join Build in Wood and get fact-based insights and inspiration.

Get inspiration from Stirling Prize shortlisted Andrew Waugh

Andrew Waugh is a founding director of Waugh Thistleton Architects, a world leading architecture practice dedicated to designing buildings that acknowledge their impact on the environment.

Andrew Waugh was e.g. responsible for Murray Grove, a first mover project within tall timber construction and Bushey Cemetery which was shortlisted for the Stirling Prize in 2018.

At Build in Wood, you can hear Andrew Waugh talk about CLT, modular housing, prefabrication and a fast changing world. You will get an expert’s point of view on the qualities of different methods, and how the timber revolution will change the face of architecture and demand.

Join Build in Wood and get inspiration from Andrew Waugh.

How does the use of wood in buildings influence the impact on climate change?


In the research for Build in Wood 27-28 May 2020, we discovered that there is a need for more insight into the different choices of materials and the sustainability.

Therefore, we have secured a speaker that will reveal the results of a study that compare the different materials and the impact on climate change. Join Build in Wood and get first-hand knowledge of a brand-new report from Aalborg University.

Harpa Birgisdottir, Head of Research Group on Sustainability of Buildings at AAU, will present the results of a comprehensive LCA study of 60 different new buildings in Denmark.

How does the use of wood in buildings influence the impact on climate change?

What is the range for the impact on climate change of new buildings built in Denmark today? How much can it be reduced – and how?

The study by AAU shows that the embodied greenhouse gas emissions vary with 100-200 percent per square meter among the 60 different building cases. This indicates that there is a large potential to reduce the embodied impact of new buildings today by focusing on design strategies and use of materials. The cases with the lowest impact typically include wood as building material.

Do you want to hear more? Sign up and hear Harpa Birgisdottir’s presentation.

Meet Harpa Birgisdottir

Harpa Birgisdottir is Senior Researcher, PhD, Head of Research Group on Sustainability of Buildings at AAU. In October 2019, she received the sustainability award Det Bæredygtige Element at Building Green in Forum, Copenhagen. She received the award for the sustainability tool LCAbyg that makes it possible to calculate the climate and environmental impact of building designs.

Join Build in Wood and hear Harpa’s talk.

Wood Village: Upcoming timber concepts & projects

In the new Wood Village, we make room for the newest experiments and innovations with wood. Here you can experience 10 different exhibitors including scientist, entrepreneurs and students with innovative timber solutions!

This new concept is a reality thanks to Realdania! Realdania is a great partner and supporter at this years Build in Wood!

MEET AMONG OTHERS:

Tower of Wood

Aarhus School of Architecture

Next Cph

KADK – The Royal Danish Academy of Fine ArtsSchools of Architecture, Design and Conservation

Lendager Group

Nordic Network for Tall Wood Buildings

Danish Technological Institute

Want to join the conference as a participant? Get one of the last seats HERE.

See you next week!

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Christian Nørgaard: My learnings from KIRKBI’s headoffice in wood

Sustainability was the keyword when KIRKBI decided to extend its present office building in Billund. Schmidt Hammer Lassen and Søren Jensen Consulting Engineers’ respond to this was an office building made solely out of timber – everything from façades, all structures to shafts and emergency exits is made of CLT or gluelaminated timber. The 3 story-building measures 3600 m2 and has been in operation for almost a year.

Christian Nørgaard, Senior Manager at KIRKBI, has been involved in the project as client and now end-user of the building, and he has experienced all phases from idea to operation and will share learnings from a planning, execution and user perspective, pros and cons at Build in Wood. Learnings that both KIRKBI and others can carry on to their next potential timber structure building project. In this post, you can read an interview with Christian Nørgaard.

 

What is your perspective on wood and its role for green transition?

We know that the CO2 footprint from the building industry is notable and further that building activity will grow over the next decades. Hence, there is a need for looking into using more sustainable building materials – and wood have a great potential.

 

From your perspective, what are the challenges and opportunities of building with wood?

One of the key challenges is sound reduction, where the industry needs further development. On the contrary, timber works very well from a social, sustainable and esthetic perspective.

 

From your perspective, how far is the building industry with sustainability?

The building industry as such is relatively conservative. For instance, if we compare to the IT industry, there is a much longer lead time in behavioral change. Nevertheless, we see that the building industry has moved in the right direction when it comes to minimizing energy consumption. The time has now come to building materials, where I sense curiosity to look into substitution of building materials into more sustainable alternatives.

 

Do you have projects in Denmark and knowledge about the Danish building industry, and the potential of building more with wood? 

I clearly sense that there is a great interest in Denmark for timber as building material – but also a reluctancy to actually do it. Where our neighbor countries have a greater tradition for building with timber, it seems that we need to retrieve knowledge and comfort in building with timber.

 

What will you be talking about at Build in Wood 2019, and will there be any specific key take-aways?

I will talk about our office building in Billund, made solely out of timber. I clearly see a interest from architects and engineers to use wood as building material, also a curiosity from contractors. Meanwhile from the clients side, there seems to be a reluctancy. At Build in Wood 2019, I will talk about our experiences from actually building with wood – pros and cons.

 

Why have you decided to attend Build in Wood 2019 as a speaker?

There are pros and cons in building with wood, and in KIRKBI we have gained our own experiences. We are happy to share our view with others who might be interested in using wood as building material.

 

Do you have something else to add?

In general, I am very happy about our office building made out of wood, but I also have new learnings that I will bring with me into future building projects.

 

Experience Client/Building Owner Christian Nørgaard from KIRKBI A/S at Build in Wood

Join Christian Nørgaard at Build in Wood at Docken on 22 & 23 May where we gather the building industry to discuss the potential of building with wood.

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Patrick Stremler: Wood will be the future

Since the foundation, timber plays an essential role in the architecture of Austrian Dietrich | Untertrifaller. The strong relationship between architects, craftsmen and open minded clients in Vorarlberg has nourished the rapid change from traditional to high-tech timber construction. In this post, you can read an interview with Patrick Stremler, Managing Partner, Dietrich | Untertrifaller.

Patrick Stremler will give a lecture at Build in Wood 2019. The lecture will compare projects in Vorarlberg in Austria and abroad, and Patrick will focus on challenges and decisions within planning and building processes.

 

What is your perspective on wood and its role for green transition?

Timber is potentially the most important building material of the 21st century. Serving as both structural and finish material, it delivers strength and safety – offering flexibility and light-weight. It is easy to handle and significantly reduces construction time and cost. Moreover, it conveys natural warmth and beauty. Sourced responsibly, timber reduces transportation expenses and provides sustainable and renewable building material of lasting value and durability. As carbon emissions are only a fraction of those produced by steel or concrete manufacturing, energy efficiency of timber construction helps mediate the challenges of climate change. In architectural terms, mass timber offers exciting design possibilities; spanning the full spectrum of building typologies, large and small.

 

How does Dietrich | Untertrifaller work with wood?

Dietrich | Untertrifaller (DU) comes from a long tradition of timber construction in Austria and more specifically the Vorarlberg region. The region is known for setting standards worldwide in design and quality execution of its timber architecture, where architects and craftsmen for centuries worked in close collaboration designing and handcrafting exemplary wooden buildings with precision and care. We are continuing this tradition, engaging in intense dialogue with manufacturers, craftsmen, consultants and clients developing innovative solutions for incorporating mass timber into many of our projects. The office has used timber construction for a wide-ranging building typologies from private homes, schools, sports facilities, museums to multi-story commercial buildings, and large-scale residential structures, exhibiting the possibilities and a modern vision for using a traditional building material. Widely acclaimed for its achievements, DU has won a myriad of international awards for timber architecture.

 

What are the challenges and opportunities of building with wood?

From my perspective, wood will be the future, this is without question. Progress in planning and building methods is achieved on high speed. The challenges we are facing are more on the building-code and approval side. In many regions, where timber construction is not so common, we sense a certain distrust towards the material. Often, governments are pushing timber, but the administration is not yet ready.

 

From your perspective, how far is the building industry with sustainability?

Not very far. We don’t feel a general commitment towards a more sustainable world. The building industry is very profit oriented. Most developers don’t think far ahead. In reality, we are building projects that influence our life socially and environmentally – today and throughout the entire lifetime of the building. This has to be taken into account within a responsible acting.

 

What will you be talking about at Build in Wood 2019, and will there be any specific key take-aways?

My presentation will be about the possibilities and challenges in the realization of timber projects. Based on examples in Vorarlberg and less timber oriented regions, I will bring an overview of realized and planned projects and go into detail with our School in Höchst, Vorarlberg and Lamballe, France

 

Are you a timber nerd, and do you have a friend or a colleague who should also attend at Build in Wood 2019?

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Bente Lykke: Municipalities play a leading role for the green transition

Bente Lykke Sørensen, Director of Development Planning and Affordable Housing, City of Aarhus, will give a keynote speech at Build In Wood with examples and perspectives from Aarhus on how to construct and develop with sustainable timber solutions. In this post, you can read an interview with Bente Lykke.

Research shows that 35-40 pct. of the CO2 emissions in Denmark is directly or indirectly from construction and the use of existing buildings. Municipalities can affect the development of future sustainable solutions in order to reduce the emissions.

 

How does the City of Aarhus work with wood?

As a municipality we buy, develop and sell areas and plots with a view to carrying out and implementing the policies and the strategies of the City Council. We experiment on the areas belonging to the City of Aarhus and develop new initiatives as important factors in the policies. Wood is a part of these initiatives.

We set the framework for both sustainable construction and the building with wood. In that way, we can affect the development of future sustainable solutions in order to reduce the CO2-emissions.

To ensure a sustainable future for Aarhus, we try to be at the leading edge of the development by making guidelines for the developers on how to build sustainable.

We can’t make requirements for building with wood in our procurements. Instead we work through an active market dialogue in which we draw attention to the visions we have for the given area.

Though, in terms of affordable housing the rules are different, and in the future you’ll probably see us making procurements requiring wood construction in affordable housing.

 

What is your perspective on wood and its role for green transition?

As a municipality we play a leading role as driving force for the green transition. Buildings must be constructed with as little CO2 emission as possible. The materials should be recyclable, and in that order wood can play a decisive role in terms of especially the reduction of energy consumption of materials.

 

From your perspective, what are the challenges and opportunities of building with wood?

Wood isn’t the answer of all climate challenges – we also have to optimize and ensure sustainability when we choose materials in other regards.

 

What will you be talking about at Build in Wood 2019, and will there be any specific key take-aways?

North of Aarhus we’ve started the development of Lisbjerg – a new city area with 25.000 inhabitants within the next 60-65 years. Circular economy and sustainability are important factors in the development process in Lisbjerg.

 

What cases will you bring to talk about at Build in Wood 2019?

We have, among other things, affordable houses made of wood. Wood is used consistently both inside and out in the DGNB-certified construction, which also won our price of architecture. Because of the sustainable properties the houses have been an eye-opener on how to build the future’s affordable housing in wood.

 

Do you want to experience Bente Lykke Sørensen from Aarhus Municipality?

Join us at Build in Wood at Docken on 22 & 23 May, where we gather the building industry to discuss the potential of building with wood.

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Olga Popovic Larsen: Wood has such great potential for sustainable, human-centered and beautiful architecture

Olga Popovic Larsen, Professor PhD at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art Schools of Architecture, will give a keynote speech at Build in Wood on innovative and sustainable wood constructions at the Build In Wood conference.

Her presentation invites you to experience sustainable and innovative timber constructions. Built out of only a few millimeters thick ply wood and with simple reciprocal connections where only two members are connected at any time the ReciPlyDome principle offers easy to build, reversible, reusable wood structures with a distinct aesthetic. They create spaces with different use potentials. In this article. you can read an interview with Olga Popovic Larsen.

 

 

What is your employment role?

I am a professor in Structures and materials at a School of Architecture and an Institute of Architecture and Technology.
My research is cross-disciplinary and closely connected to practice, with projects exploring the crossover between aesthetics and structural/material efficiency. I have a strong interest in innovative use of both traditional and new materials; also, technologies, seeking ways of how the artistic and technological can inform each other to create new objects, products, structures and buildings. I work with wood in innovative ways.

 

What is your perspective on wood and its role for green transition?

Wood is essential as a material in building design. As a very versatile material with great properties it is THE material that we should be using.

 

How do you (or your company) work with wood?

I research and explore new ways of using wood in building design and I build in wood.

 

From your perspective, what are the challenges and opportunities of building with wood?

The opportunities are endless, both in terms of material and structural performance, aesthetic as well as green credentials. The only real challenge is to convinse clients to use wood more often instead of steel and concrete.

 

From your perspective, how far is the building industry with sustainability?

It is difficult to say. There are very progressive practices really seeking sustainable approaches. Unfortunately sometimes short term savings overrule more sustainable longterm solutions.

 

Do you have projects in Denmark and knowledge about the Danish building industry, and the potential of building more with wood? If yes, what is your view on the Danish market?

Yes. Denmark has a huge potential to embracing more wood solutions in building design.

 

What will you be talking about at Build in Wood 2019, and will there be any specific key take-aways?

I will talk about material-saving sustainable wood constructions including Reciprocal Frames as well as ReciPlyDome and ReciPlySkin projects.

 

What cases will you bring to talk about at Build in Wood 2019?

Material-saving sustainable wood constructions.

 

Why have you decided to attend Build in Wood 2019 as a speaker?

The programme and speakers look very interesting.

 

Do you have something to add? Perhaps your personal view on wood as a material?

Wood has such great potential for sustainable, human-centered and beautiful architecture.

 

If you want to hear more, you can sign up for Build In Wood HERE

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Eric Karsh, Equilibrium, Build in Wood: Wood is my favourite material

Eric Karsh: Wood is my favourite material

At Build in Wood Canadian Eric Karsh, Founding Principal at Equilibrium Consulting, will give a speech on state-of-the-art timber technologies with case studies and examples of structural solutions in Canada, the US, France and Brazil. In this post, you can read an interview with Eric Karsh.

The Canadian structural engineering firm, Equilibrium Consulting, is recognized internationally as a leader in the field of timber engineering. Recent projects include the award-winning UBC Earth Sciences Building in Vancouver and the Wood Innovation and Design Centre in Prince George, BC the tallest modern all-timber building in the world at the time of its completion.

 

What is your perspective on wood and its role for green transition?

Wood is the only major renewable construction material and the only material that has the ability to store carbon. We are also just beginning to understand and quantify its positive impact on the wellbeing of people who use buildings made of exposed wood.

Wood has been shown to lower stress and heart rate and improve concentration and productivity by up to 8% among other things. Some studies have shown that this improvement in productivity in office buildings can potentially pay for the cost of the building over a relatively short period.

 

How do you and Equilibrium work with wood?

Since founding Equilibrium in 1998, we have designed hundreds of heavy and mass timber buildings for all types of uses including custom homes, schools from elementary to university facilities, sports facilities including pools and soccer stadiums, airports, museums and recently high-rises.

Through global technical and design innovation over the last few decades, it is our position that timber has become a high-tech material with the same status as other major construction materials.

 

From your perspective, what are the challenges and opportunities of building with wood?

Technologically – wood has been demonstrated to be appropriate for most building types. The main challenges currently reside in the supply chain, which is just beginning to develop on a large scale.

Timber designers, product suppliers, manufacturers and installers are still relatively few compared to those in other industries however market capacity is growing rapidly.

 

From your perspective, how far is the building industry with sustainability?

In real terms, this area of expertise in construction is at a relatively early stage of development. Measurable sustainable design really became mainstream in the construction industry two or three decades ago. There is still a lot of room for adoption, innovation and development.

 

Do you have projects in Denmark and knowledge about the Danish building industry, and the potential of building more with wood?

We currently have projects in Sweden and France but not in Denmark. My understanding of the Danish timber market is primarily limited to discussions with Dagmar Øye, a Danish student who recently did a practicum with us and is now a practicing engineer with MOE. I understand there is significant and growing interest in timber construction in Denmark but few completed projects. I trust this will soon change.

 

What will you be talking about at Build in Wood 2019, and will there be any specific key take-aways?

My goal will be to demonstrate the capabilities of wood and convince the audience that timber has earned the status of a truly high-tech material. I also hope to inspire local designers to use and experiment more with this great construction material.

 

What cases will you talk about at Build in Wood 2019?

I will try to strike a balance between demonstrating the amazing capabilities of wood while providing relevant details about structural solutions, integration with other disciplines and construction issues.

 

Why have you decided to attend Build in Wood 2019 as a speaker?

Dagmar has been a passionate advocate for timber construction in Denmark for as long as I have known her, and she encouraged me to make the trip. It did not require much arm twisting.

 

Do you have something extra to add?

As an engineer, I work with all major construction materials, however wood is by far my favorite. It can be more challenging because it is often intended to be left exposed and therefore requires the structural engineer to truly work in an integrated manner with the other members of the team but as a result, it is also often that much more rewarding.

 

Do you want to hear more about wood and Eric Karsh?

Join us at Build in Wood at Docken on 22-23 May, where we gather the building industry to discuss the potential of building with wood.

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Woodlookgood: When Imperfection turns Beauty

This year Build in Wood at Docken is new in more than one sense. Art project woodlookgood.dk will be on display throughout the entire conference to bring a smile, a sense of wonder, surprise, and a moment of meditative calm to you people from the wood industry.

Woodlookgood wants to make you embrace what is considered the antichrist in the industry – a wood knot! That little (or big) annoying imperfection in a piece of wood. Here is where large-scale photographs show off little wonders.

About woodlookgood:
Photographer Søren Rex-Dybmose invites us to share his life-long fascination with wood. In his latest project he draws our attention to the often over-looked and disliked wood knots that Søren’s lens captures with all their beauty and stunning graphic lines.

Søren’s artwork is best described as an example of the Japanese wabi-sabi aesthetic where beauty is “imperfect, impermanent, incomplete”, curiously embodied in aging natural objects like wood. Søren’s artwork takes this appreciation of imperfection to a new level – fuelled by our own imagination we see the beauty in wood knots as they come to be rivers, landscapes, human shapes, volcanic craters and sunsets. Søren’s photography make us change our perception and enjoy rustic refinement, graphic abundance and authentic elegance. His pictures awaken our senses and teach us to find the most basic natural object interesting, fascinating and beautiful.

It is this deep fascination that Søren wants to share with us with his unique photographs.

We look forward to showing you the exhibition.

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The Build in Wood program is out!

Build in Wood takes place on May 22 & 23 and the conference programme offers a large number of insights from both national and international keynotes. Among other things, they focus on sustainability, the use of wood in multi-storey buildings, fire safety, prefabrication, digitalization and building owner’s view on wood construction.

There is an increasing focus on the resource use and climate impact of building materials, and this has created a greater interest in building with wooden materials. At the conference Build in Wood, we will focus on the possibilities and challenges of using wood in the building industry with national and international keynote speakers and interesting debates.

So much new since last year
The second edition of the Build in Wood conference includes brand new cases from Denmark, and to be honest we’re excited to learn more about these ourselves. Have you heard about the new Moxy hotel or the 6-storey wooden building for students apartments that are both on their way to Copenhagen? And what about the extension of KIRKBI’s headquarters in Billund that’s almost built entirely of wood? At Build in Wood you will get insights into all these cases and many more!

This year you can experience:

  • Daniela Grotenfelt, Arkitema (SE)
  • Patrick Stremler, Dietrich Untertrifaller Architekten (AT)
  • Siv Helene Stangeland, Helen & Hard (NO)

Watch the full programme with these keynotes and many others here: Program

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Build in Wood – The opportunities and challenges of building with wood in Denmark

By Henriikka Taipale, graduate from the Bachelor of Architectural Technology and Construction
Management program at Copenhagen School of Design and Technology (KEA).
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Build in Wood takes place on the 30th and 31st May this year in Docken, Copenhagen, and offers inspiration and knowledge sharing on the prevalence of wood in architecture and construction. A crowd of 250 industry actors have gathered to learn about the latest insights on building with wood.

The first conference day was kicked off with a debate on the increase of wood as a building material. A group of industry experts discussed the status quo, and what are the future prospects of building with wood. Research shows that currently, as much energy is consumed in the building process as in operating the building, and that replacing typical steel and concrete structures with timber equivalents translates to considerable energy and CO2 savings, among other benefits. The importance of increasing education was also stressed, as there currently are no compulsory comprehensive courses for wood construction among the relevant technical programs.

The race for the tallest timber building has been ongoing for the past years. Voll Architects from Norway introduced us to Mjøstårnet in Brumunddal, Norway, scheduled for completion in the end of 2018, which currently holds the sought-after title of the tallest timber building in the world. The project, which is deeply rooted in traditional Norwegian wood construction, underwent several reiterations before finding it’s final timber form.

Frontrunners from our Nordic neighboring countries shared their achievements in tall timber construction, and lead a debate on how to accelerate the development of tall timber buildings also in Denmark. Creating engagement across the industry, gathering competence and confidence, as well as getting the municipalities involved are few of the vital drivers mentioned today.

The first day concluded with an in-dept introduction to fire safety of wooden buildings. This has been one of the most debated topics in relation to timber construction for the past years. Industry specialists introduced methods to analyze and estimate risks involved, and solutions to achieve sufficient safety measures in case of fire.

Build in Wood – Sustainability, durability and long-term ambitions

By Henriikka Taipale, graduate from the Bachelor of Architectural Technology and Construction
Management program at Copenhagen School of Design and Technology (KEA). Original post

The second conference day begun with a dive into the sustainability factors related to building with wood. With building and operating buildings amounting to 50% of all energy consumed in Denmark, there certainly is room for improvement. Reforestation, sustainable management of forests and maximizing the substitution of more emission intense wood products are few of the solutions mentioned.

United Nations forecasts show that demand for wood products is estimated to increase considerably by 2030. In order to answer to this demand, it is important to protect and manage existing forests and resources better. In fact, China, India and USA have the greatest net gain in annual foresting area worldwide.

With the example of the world’s first tall timber building, Murray Grove, built in the UK in 2009, we learned about the great savings when comparing a timber-structure project to a traditional concrete or steel construction. The 9-storey residential unit was built 20% faster, with 80% fewer deliveries to the construction site and was 80% lighter in volume.

Another important aspect discussed was the durability of wood. Many of us desire a transparent coating to protect wood surfaces that leaves the grain visible — but this has proven nearly impossible to provide. Decades of research have shown that durable clear coatings which offset no harmful substances last a few years at best. Some promising results from Canada, however, might soon offer a new solution to the problem.

To wrap up the fruitful conference and leave the audience in anticipation, the world’s perhaps most ambitious timber building project was introduced by its Japanese planners. The W350 building, which marks the 350th anniversary of Sumimoto Forestry, is planned for completion in 2041. The building is designed to utilize 185 000 m3 of engineered timber with a braced steel supporting structure and the project budget is estimated at $6 billion. We shall see – in 20 years’ time!

Build in Wood offered a diverse and wide-ranging program filled with interesting talks and will hopefully continue to be the meeting point for the wood building specialists in Denmark.

Velbesøgt Build in Wood samlede byggebranchen om træbyggeri

Den første afholdelse af Build in Wood fyldte d. 30. og 31. maj Docken i Københavns nordhavn med engagerede og vidende fagfolk fra den danske og internationale byggebranche. Fra scenen hørte deltagerne paneldebatter om de gældende vilkår, udfordringer og potentialer i at bygge med træ i Danmark. De fik også nye indsigter fra specialister i for eksempel brand, bygningsreglementer, arbejdsprocessen på byggepladsen, bæredygtighed samt træets holdbarhed i forhold til fugt og råd.

Cases med aktuelle og fremtidige træbyggerier

Build in Wood bød også på oplæg om konkrete træbyggerier fra både Norden, det øvrige Europa og Japan. Verdens pt. højeste træbyggeri, Mjøstårnet i Norge, blev præsenteret af Øystein Elgsaas fra Voll Arkitekter.

”Jeg deltog for et par år siden selv på en lignende konference i Oslo, hvor jeg hørte om træhøjhuset Treet i Bergen. Der hørte jeg oplæg fra de ingeniører, vi nu samarbejder med på Mjøstårnet, og jeg havde stor gavn af det seminar, da vi selv skulle i gang med vores projekt. Og nu tænker jeg, at jeg ved at fortælle om vores erfaringer på denne konference kan være med til at bringe træbyggeriet videre”, fortæller Øystein Elgsaas.

Også Lone Wiggers fra C.F. Møller, Richard Woschitz fra østrigske Woschitz Group, Kirsten Haggart fra Waugh Thistleton Architects og Hajime Aoyagi fra Nikken Sekkei i Japan fortalte om deres cases. Alle træbyggerier men af vidt forskellig karakter og omfang, og nogle tættere på at blive realiserede end andre. Nikken Sekkei arbejdede med den længste tidshorisont. Deres højhusbyggeri, W350, skal efter planen stå færdigt i Tokyo i 2041.

Netværksreception i udstillingen

I pauserne og under den programlagte netværksreception flokkedes deltagerne i udstillingen og ved cafébordene, hvor der var aktivitet og summen af snak lige frem til, at konferencen lukkede og slukkede for dette års afholdelse. Vi håber at se lige så mange engagerede konferencedeltagere næste år, hvor Build in Woodløber af stabelen d. 22. og 23. maj. Vi ses!

Arkitekten bag træhøjhus: Stavkirkerne fra 1100-tallet giver mig tro på projektet

Af: Marie Kraul, Journalist, Politikens Byrum – Oprindelig artikel

De få arkitekter, der har erfaring med højhusbyggeri af træ samles for at dele deres erfaringer.

»Det tætteste man kommer en skyskraber i tømmer.«

Det kalder man den 81 meter høje træbygning fordelt på 18 etager, der for øjeblikket er ved at blive opført i den lille by Brumundal halvanden times kørsel nord for Oslo.

Navnet Mjøstårnet, der lige nu er verdens højeste træbygning, kommer af beliggenheden ved Norges største sø, Mjøsa. Bygningen skal bruges til blandt andet boliger, kontorer og hotel.

Arkitekten bag Mjøstårnet er Øystein Elgass, partner i norske Voll Arkitekter fra Trondhjem. Han talte på Build in Wood-konferencen 30.-31. maj i København for, at træinteresserede branchefolk skal lære af vores nordiske nabolandes erfaringer med træbyggeri.

Den norske arkitekt Øystein Elgass er glad for at han ikke kendte alle problemerne med Mjøstårnet på forhånd.

Øystein Elgass lægger ikke skjul på, at det har givet overvældende mange udfordringer at bygge så højt i træ. Men den norske arkitekt fremhæver, at hans tegnestue ikke bryder sig om projekter, der forbliver på skitseplanet.

De norske stavkirker står stadig

»Projekterne skal bygges. Og hvis du kender alle problemer på forhånd, vil du bare droppe det fra starten.«

Der har ellers været så mange af dem i processen, at bygningens design er blevet ændret fuldstændig undervejs. Brandsikkerheden har givet usikkerhed, og der har været tvivl om, hvorvidt træet på facaden vil patinere pænt.

Visualisering: Sådan kommer Mjøstårnet til at se ud, når det står færdigt – efter mange udfordringer.

Man har også været nødt til at indlægge beton for at sænke svajet i den lette trækonstruktion, for at det skal være tåleligt at opholde sig i bygningen.

En bekymring ved det norske byggeri, der kalder smilet frem hos de danske tilhørere ved konferencen, er sikkerhedsaspektet. I dette tilfælde i form af fare for, at bævere og andre dyr skulle komme tæt på bygningen og gnave af træet.

Trods udfordringerne med det norske højhusbyggeri, har Øystein Elgass, hele tiden troet på projektet:

»Vi har jo vores stavkirker, der er blevet bygget i 1100-tallet, og som stadig står,« siger han.

Der er blevet brugt 11.000 træer til byggeriet, og der er i høj grad blevet satset på lokale materialer og leverandører.

Et sweetspot mellem 3 og 10 etager

Den danske arkitektvirksomhed C.F. Møller har også erfaring med træbyggeri i højden, som arkitekt og partner Lone Wiggers fortæller om på Build in Wood-konferencen.

C.F. Møller arbejder for øjeblikket på cirka 140.000 kvadratmeter træbyggerier i Sverige, Norge og Storbritannien.

Blandt andet projektet Vasterbroplan i Stockholm City. Det forventes at stå færdig i 2023 når bygherren, HSB Stockholm – Sveriges største boligselskab – fylder 100.

C.F. Møller har i samarbejde med den svenske arkitektvirksomhed Dinell Johansson tegnet et 26 etagers højhus i træ. Huset er bygget op omkring en trækonstruktion med en stabiliserende betonkerne og vil fungere som et nyt pejlemærke og mødested i byen.

Søjler og bjælker er lavet af massivt træ, CLT, og inde i lejlighederne er alle vægge, lofter og vinduesrammer af træ.

De fleste af C.F. Møllers byggerier, der enten er under opførelse eller i pipelinen, er dog mellem fem og ti etager høje. Og så længe træbyggeriet holder sig i dén højde, er træ – særligt CLT – ifølge Lone Wiggers et meget velegnet materiale:

Vasterbroplan forventes at stå færdig i 2023 når bygherren, Sveriges største boligselskab, fylder 100.

»Når vi vil bygge med træ, er tre-ti etagers huse virkelig der, hvor CLT har sit sweetspot. Over 10 etager er det nødvendigt med træhybrider,« forklarer Lone Wiggers, der også kalder træ for et hightech-produkt for sine muligheder for at gå i spænd med nye teknologiske muligheder.

Lone Wiggers fremhæver en række andre fordele ved træet, blandt andet at det er muligt at transportere materialerne til afsidesliggende egne billigt, fordi træet er lettere end beton. Hun peger også på, at selv om man måske ikke skulle tro det, udgør trækonstruktionen en effektiv brandsikring.

Lone Wiggers vurderer, at man kan bruge træ til omkring halvdelen af byggematerialerne i høje huse.

Træbranchen: Træ skal bruges til at nå klimamålene

Af: Marie Kraul, Journalist, Politikens ByrumOprindelig artikel

Vi skal lære af vores egen byggetradition for træ – som vi ser det i Københavns brokvarterer, mener Mikael Koch, direktør i Træinformation – træbranchens viden- og formidlingscenter.

Træ er verdens ældste byggemateriale. Det er samtidig verdens mest miljøvenlige byggemateriale og skal være nøglen til den grønne omstilling i byggeriet.

Det mener flere af parterne bag landets første konference om træ som byggemateriale, Build in Wood, der samlede 250 træinteresserede fra alle dele af byggesektoren 30.-31. maj i København.

»Træbyggeri er et overset værktøj i klimaudfordringen. Lande som Canada og Frankrig bruger det direkte som et værktøj for at nå deres klimamål – og det kunne Danmark også sagtens gøre,« mener Mikael Koch, der er direktør i Træinformation – træbranchens viden- og formidlingscenter.

Træinformation er videnspartner og medarrangør af Build in Wood sammen med blandt andre Building Green.

Det er både ved lagringen af CO2 og ved, at mere energikrævende byggematerialer som beton og stål bliver erstattet af træ, at byggematerialet tæller positivt i klimaregnskabet.

Kogleregnskabet

Mikael Kochs kollega, Jakob Rygg Klaumann, der er direktør i Dansk Træforening – træbranchens fælles informationsprojekt – kalder skoven for »et uendeligt produktionsapparat. Træ vokser og genskaber sig selv – det er der ikke mange andre byggematerialer, der gør.«

Jakob Rygg Klaumann har inden Build in Wood-konferencen været i skoven med sine børn, hvor de i løbet af få minutter samlede så mange grankogler sammen, at der til konferencen er en håndfuld til hvert bord i Dockens store konferencesal.

Jakob Rygg Klaumann, der også er moderator på Build in Wood, holder en kogle op og forklarer:

»Der skal bare én af dem her til at lave et træhus på 150 kvadratmeter.«

Han uddyber, at der er cirka 200 frø i en grankogle. Hvis hvert af disse frø bliver til træer og plantes i en skov, som vokser 60 år, kan disse træer producere, hvad der svarer til godt 21 kubikmeter færdig tømmer. Det er omtrent den mængde tømmer, der skal bruges på træhuset på 150 kvadratmeter, ifølge beregninger fra Træ.dk.

En del af vores byggetradition

Når hans branchekollega Mikael Koch taler om at bruge træ som klimaløftestang, er det blandt andet med baggrund i en rapport fra Statens Byggeforskningsinstitut (SBi) om Bygningers indlejrede energi- og miljøpåvirkninger, som SBi-seniorforsker fra Harpa Birgisdottir fremlagde på Build in Wood-konferencen. Den viser blandt andet, at bygningers opførelse er mere miljøbelastende end driften af bygningerne.

Med denne nye viden i baghovedet er der et uindfriet potentiale for energibesparelser i opførelsen – set ud fra hele bygningens livscyklus.

Michael Koch mener, at det er oplagt for byggeriet – for at bidrage til klimadagsordenen – at få mere træ ind i byggeriet end de cirka 8 procent, han anslår det til at fylde i Danmark for øjeblikket.

»Vi er lige nu på kravlestadiet,« siger han.

Men historisk har træbyggeri været en væsentlig del af vores byggetradition – inden beton for alvor vandt indpas, påpeger Mikael Koch.

»Det sjove er jo, at de fleste huse i de københavnske brokvarterer har både tagkonstruktioner, indervægge og etagedæk af træ – det er nærmest kun ydermurene, der er af sten. Så det er ikke så fremmed for os. Nu skal vi bare have brudt vanetænkningen med altid at tænke i beton og stål,« siger han.

Mere end klimagevinst

Tegnestuen Vandkunsten har brugt træ i sine byggerier i mange år, blandt andet i Bakkehusene i Lisbjerg Bakke ved Aarhus. Søren Nielsen, arkitekt og partner i Vandkunsten deltager også i Build in Wood – men af en anden årsag end Mikael Koch:

»Vi er interesseret i træ af andre grunde end de udelukkende klimamæssige. Jeg synes stadig, at vi ved for lidt om, hvorvidt det virkelig har så stor en miljøgevinst at bruge træ. Man skal være forsigtig med at blive for ensidig – den slags sandheder har som regel en udløbsdato,« siger Søren Nielsen.

Han peger blandt andet på, at der endnu er for lidt kendskab til konsekvenserne af mere intensivt skovbrug.

Et uformelt og hyggeligt materiale

Søren Nielsen vurderer også, at det samlede klimaregnskab i byggebranchen vil se væsentligt anderledes ud, når produktionen af beton og stål i fremtiden kommer til at foregå ved hjælp af vedvarende energi.

»Jeg tror på, at vi skal spille på så mange forskellige tangenter som muligt i den grønne omstilling.«

Når Søren Nielsen alligevel elsker træ som byggemateriale, skyldes det både materialets indvirkning på indeklimaet og de æstetiske kvaliteter:

»Man får det godt i maven ved at være sammen med træ. Det stjæler ikke din kropsvarme, hvis du for eksempel læner dig op ad en trævæg, som en betonvæg vil gøre. Og så passer det godt til os danskere, at der er noget uformelt over træ. Jeg kan ikke bevise det, men hvis du forestiller dig sådan et koldt New Yorker-kontor i beton og stål – der vil de have mere tendens til at tale ondt til hinanden, end hvis du sammenligner med et hyggeligt trækontor,« mener Søren Nielsen.

Han er dog ikke ude i et korstog mod beton.

»Beton egner sig godt til nogle ting, og det har løst mange boligproblemer i vores samfund. I virkeligheden er det mest spændende, hvis vi kan begynde at tænke i hybrider mellem træ og beton.«

Visualisering: Kajstaden i Västerås i Sverige – et af C.F. Møllers projekter i træ.

Sammensat billede med tre eksempler på træbyggeri
Fra venstre mod højre: W350 i Tokyo, Dalston Lane i London og Mjøstårnet i Brumunddal, Norge

Træbyggeri fremmer både miljø og branchesamarbejde

På Build in Wood d. 30. & 31. maj giver flere internationale arkitekter og ingeniører et indblik i deres arbejde med træbyggeri og deres syn på valg af byggematerialer. Byggebranchen får lejlighed til at fokusere på blandt andet innovativt samarbejde og de miljøfordele, der følger med udviklingen i byggematerialer.

Tilmeld dig her

Når byggebranchen d. 30. og 31. maj mødes til Build in Wood i Docken i Københavns Nordhavn, bliver der lejlighed til at høre indlæg fra både nationale og internationale keynotes med interesse i at dele erfaringer og konkrete cases.

”Jeg har selv tidligere deltaget i en lignende konference i Oslo. Den event gav mig mulighed for at trække læring ud af andre arkitekter og ingeniører, der havde prøvet at bygge højhuse af træ. Det var meget værdifuldt i forhold til vores egen designproces”, fortæller Øystein Elgsaas fra Voll Arkitekter i Norge.

 

Træet sætter rammerne for samarbejdet

Voll Arkitekter er i fuld gang med at udvikle Mjøstårnet i Brumunddal i Norge, et byggeri på 18 etager og med konstruktioner, vægge og tag af træ. Han fortæller om en designproces, der på vejen mod det færdige resultat er blevet ændret mange gange og altid med udgangspunkt i materialet.

”At bygge en struktur som Mjøstårnet er umuligt uden samarbejde. Alle i teamet skal have en grundlæggende respekt og forståelse af byggematerialets styrker og svagheder, hvis det færdige resultat skal blive godt. Vi begyndte med en idé, og så startede samarbejdet med ingeniører, byggeledere og entreprenører, hvor designet blev ændret og omformet mange gange, inden vi havde det endelige resultet. Træstrukturen var hele vejen katalysatoren for de ændringer, der kom til i processen”, fortæller Øystein Elgsaas.

Også det britiske arkitektfirma Waugh Thistleton Architects har store træbyggerier på tegnebrættet og under opførelse, blandt andet Dalston Lane i London, der er verdens største byggeri i krydslamineret træ (CLT). Senior Associate Kirsten Haggart fremhæver også branchesamarbejdet som et vigtigt element i processen med at bytte stål og beton ud med det bæredygtige træ.

”Hovedudfordringen er at understøtte byggebranchens aktører hen mod forståelsen af, at træbyggeri er det 21. århundredes tilgang til byggeri. Vi samarbejder med to store britiske entreprenører, som har besluttet at bruge CLT til deres produktion af off-site moduler, og der er et stort vækstpotentiale i brugen af træ i den type produktion”, mener Kirsten Haggart.

 

Miljøet vinder på træbyggeri

De nye store træbyggerier kommer nemt til at lyde som et kapløb om først og størst på byggebranchens internationale scene. Hajime Aoyagi fra det japanske arkitektfirma Nikken Sekkei samarbejder netop nu med Sumitomo Forestry på det 350 meter høje træbyggeri W350 i Tokyo, og for ham ligger det virkelige fokus et andet sted.

”Vi ser ikke på projektet med at bygge W350 som et enkeltstående udfordrende projekt. Det kommer til at lede os frem mod større lagring af CO2 og til at sænke bygningers klimapåvirkning i et livscyklusperspektiv, sunde skove og en genetablering af skovindustrien”, fortæller Hajime Aoyagi, og fortsætter:

”De store træbyggerier kan få stor betydning for den miljømæssige og sociale bæredygtighed, og jeg deltager på Build in Wood for at få lejlighed til at præsentere de aktuelle miljømæssige og sociale udfordringer, der er i Japan lige nu og samtidigt dele mine tanker om, hvordan vi kan løse dem”, siger Hajime Aoyagi.

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Boom i træbyggeri går uden om Danmark

Til trods for at de store danske arkitektvirksomheder netop nu arbejder på mange store træbyggerier, så er der kun ganske få byggeprojekter i træ i Danmark. Konferencen ”Build in Wood” i maj måned bliver en velkommen ramme om byggebranchens fælles udforskning af det bæredygtige byggemateriale.

Tilmeld dig her

Omfattende træbyggerier vinder frem i andre lande både i og uden for Europa. De store danske arkitektvirksomheder arbejder også på ambitiøse byggerier i træ, men ingen af dem skal bygges i Danmark. Lovgivning, byggetraditioner og mangel på specifikke kompetencer står i vejen.

Træ som byggemateriale har ellers en række fordele, der gør det relevant at øge andelen af træ i dansk byggeri frem for den dominerende beton. Det er en fornybar og bæredygtig ressource, der kan være med til at sænke byggeriets høje CO2-udledning.

Mikael Koch er direktør i Træinformation, der rådgiver arkitekter, ingeniører og byggebranchens øvrige aktører om brug af træ i byggeriet. Han ser gode incitamenter for mere træbyggeri i Danmark og et par enkelte forhindringer:

”På flere områder er der medvind i byggebranchen i forhold til at øge træbyggeriet i Danmark. Der er kommet en øget bevidsthed om bæredygtighed i byggeriet, og her er der meget at hente ved at bytte ud med træ. Der er for eksempel frivillige bæredygtighedsklasser med fokus på livscyklusvurdering på vej i byggereglementet, og det vil betyde, at branchens aktører vil reflektere endnu mere over, hvordan de bygger. Der er allerede optimeret meget på isolering og energiforbruget i bygningerne, men der er meget at hente på konstruktionerne og mere bæredygtigt byggemateriale”, siger Mikael Koch.

 

Nemt og tilgængeligt materiale

Et andet incitament til at bygge mere med træ er stor tilgængelighed og en stadigt højere grad af industrialisering af træelementerne.

”Der kan være lang leveringstid på betonmoduler til byggeriet, det var for eksempel et af argumenterne for at bruge såkaldt cross-laminated timber (CLT) til det store Dalston Lane-byggeri i London. Man slap for et halvt års leveringstid, og derudover vejer de kun 20 % af, hvad beton vejer. Det betyder, at byggeriet bliver mindre tungt, og derfor kan der bygges højere ovenpå undergrundsbanen. Det giver desuden mindre transport, større løft, mindre støj og hurtigere byggetid”, slutter Mikael Koch.

 

Brandregler forhindrer ikke træbyggeri

Når det gælder udfordringer i forhold til at omstille byggebranchen til at bruge mere træ, handler det måske delvist om aktørernes forventning om, at det ikke kan lade sig gøre:

”Vi skal have ryddet et par misforståelser af vejen. Folk tror ofte, at brandreglerne forhindrer større træbyggerier, men det gør de faktisk ikke, for træbyggerier er ikke mere brandfarligt end andet byggeri. Indtil de første projekter over fire etager har banet vejen, kræver det, at man dokumenterer byggeprincipperne grundigt, fordi der ikke allerede er lignende byggeprojekter at henvise til, og eksempelsamlingen om brandsikring af byggeri går kun til 4 etager”, fortæller Mikael Koch.

Og så skal vi lade være med at tænke på træ, som noget nyt og brandfarligt, vi ikke plejer at have i vores huse:

”Vi har jo allerede træ i de fleste huse i form af for eksempel tagspær, nu skal vi bare have det nede i konstruktionen i væggene også”, siger han.

 

Øget viden og gode produkter er afgørende

I Arkitema Architects er der sat ekstra fokus på træbyggeri med dannelsen af forretningsområdet Arkitema Timber. Det består dels af et samarbejde med Folkhem og Svensk Trä, dels af en virtuel organisation på tværs af Arkitemas kontorer i Norden, der skal samle og styrke trækompetencerne. Forretningsudviklingsdirektør Jørgen Bach peger på traditioner som forklaring på, at der ikke skyder så mange træbyggerier op i Danmark.

”I Danmark blev betonproducenterne stærke på det danske marked i 50’erne og 60’erne, og der har nok siden været en tendens til at bygge af det man kender fra tidligere projekter. I Sverige og Norge er forholdene nogle andre. De har rigtig meget skov, som har påvirket deres byggetradition, bygherrerne kender materialet, så det er nemmere at komme igennem med projekter i træ”.

Han ser dog ingen grund til, at vi i Danmark ikke også kan komme mere på banen med træbyggerier.

”Vi har jo traditioner for at arbejde med træ på andre områder, når det gælder for eksempel sommerhusbyggerier og møbeldesign. I forhold til større byggerier kræver det noget fra myndighedernes side at få lavet tilpasninger i standarder og regelværk, og det kræver mere viden hos rådgiverne. Og så er det ikke mindst vigtigt, at der kommer flere producenter på banen, så vi kan få gode konkurrencedygtige træprodukter på markedet”, slutter Jørgen Bach.

Build in Wood: Nyt mødested for vidensdeling om træbyggeri

Til maj byder Build in Wood for første gang velkommen til byggebranchens nye mødested for vidensdeling om træbyggeri i Danmark. Der har allerede tidligt i procesessen været stor interesse for programmet, der præsenterer markante profiler fra ind- og udland.

Der er i stigende grad fokus på byggematerialers ressourceforbrug og klimabelastning, og det øger interessen for brugen af træ som byggemateriale. På den nye konference Build in Wood vil en lang række nationale og internationale keynotes samt spændende debatter sætte fokus på muligheder og udfordringer ved at anvende træ i byggeriet.

Build in Wood afholdes den 30. & 31 maj, og programmet vil i løbet af de to dage komme rundt om blandt andet fleretagers byggeri, brandsikkerhed, holdbarhed og processer på byggepladsen.

Lange betonleverancer øger interessen for træbyggeri
Foruden centrale frontløbere fra vores nabolande kan konferencens deltagere glæde sig til internationale keynotes som Øystein Elgsaas, partner i Voll Arkitekter, der har tegnet Mjøstårnet i Norge og Kirsten Haggart fra Waugh Thistleton Architects i England, som fortæller om Dalston Lane byggeriet i London.

Derudover vil en række danske profiler inspirere deltagerne, herunder blandt andet Søren Nielsen, som er partner hos Vandkunsten. Ifølge ham er der meget inspiration at hente i udlandet inden for træbyggeri.

– Der er mange steder i verden, hvor de er væsentligt længere fremme i forhold til brugen af træ. Det har stort potentiale, da det er et væsentligt lettere materiale med gode muligheder for besparelser, lyder det fra Søren Nielsen, som understreger, at der er en bestemt faktor, som lige nu er vigtig i forhold til interessen for træbyggeri i den danske byggebranche.

– Beton har længe været det foretrukne byggemateriale. Lige nu har betonfabrikkerne dog svært ved at følge med den store byggeaktivitet og efterspørgsel i Danmark, hvilket resulterer i leveringstider på helt op til et år. Det afføder, at entreprenørerne kigger sig om efter alternativer, fortæller Søren Nielsen.

– Udover tilgængelighed har træ en række fordele i forhold til klimabelastning, som kan give ekstra incitament. Dette gælder blandt andet gode livscyklusegenskaber samt et godt indeklima. Første skridt er derfor, at vi i Danmark gør en indsats for at udvide det byggetekniske repertoire, mener Søren Nielsen.

Megatrend i byggeriet
Build in Wood samarbejder med en række relevante partnere, og producenter som Saga Wood, Rothoblaas samt Taasinge Elementer vil være en del af udstillingen på begge konferencens dage. Sidstnævnte er også at finde i programmet, hvor adm. direktør, Martin Tholstrup, vil sætte fokus på potentialet ved træelementer på det af programmets fire fagspor, der handler om byggeprincipper.

– Træ er i den grad kommet i fokus, og vi ser stor vækst i markedet og en stigende interesse. Det er vigtigt, at branchen får mere viden om, hvor og hvordan træ bedst anvendes, da det ikke nødvendigvis handler om rene træbyggerier men også om hybridbyggerier. Det essentielle er, at vi skaber et forum for vidensdeling om byggeri i træ, da branchen indtil nu har manglet et sted, hvor de kan hente inspiration til bedste praksis på området, pointerer Martin Tholstrup.