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The objectives of the project are:
- To develop a method for ensuring future possibility of circulation of timber products with true consideration of whole life-cycle, and practical industry issues at design, construction and deconstruction phases.
- To plan primary design to facilitate deconstruction rather than demolition, and to pay attention to the use of chemical treatments, adhesives and other synthetic materials - including to decide whether their use technically is necessary and avoid over-specification.
- To optimize the primary design to enhance resource efficiency as well as reduce environmental impacts along the life cycle (build and deconstruction).
- To allow grading for quality of recovered wood, and similarly variable new wood from more diverse sources, in a way that is compatible and equivalent to grading of new timber from the main commercial species (including the basis in European standardization).
- To identify potential new construction products using recovered timber.
- To examine the business, economic, and environmental factors over the life-cycle to inform what is to be optimized, encouraged and avoided in design (to be described by a "rebuilding factor").
- To inform current engineers, architects and wood-based construction product manufacturers through professional development, industry bodies, codes and standards.
Project InFutUReWood is supported under the umbrella of ERA-NET Cofund ForestValue by The Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning (FORMAS), Swedish Energy Agency (SWEA), Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems (Vinnova), Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness (MINECO) through the State Research Agency, The Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology E.P.E. (CDTI), Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) via Agency for Renewable Resources (FNR), Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MMM), Academy of Finland (AKA), Tekes - the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation, Ministry of the Environment (YM), Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM), Ministry of Education, Science and Sport (MIZS), The Forestry Commissioners (FC). ForestValue has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N° 773324.
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