Project Summary

The project addresses the wasteful and harmful use of toxic adhesives in the manufacturing of Engineered Wood Products (EWPs) by the construction industry. University, industry and the public sector will cooperate to demonstrate new adhesive free EWPs using new technology, encouraging and enabling market uptake across North West Europe (NWE). Providing confidence in the structural properties of adhesive free EWPs using compressed wood is the key to this market uptake. The project will move the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) from 4 to 7. More than 5 million m3 of EWPs were produced in the EU in 2013/14 and the market is growing, as EWPs provide a ‘green’ alternative to steel and concrete in construction. In the long-term, the project aims to result in the production of 1 million m3 of adhesive free products and remove 6000 tonnes of the toxic adhesives currently used in manufacturing. The adhesive free products will be 100% reusable and recyclable. This will have a positive impact in North West Europe where the majority of EWPs go to landfill or incineration contributing to the 15 million tonnes of timber construction waste in landfill across Europe each year. In the long term, the project aims to result in the reduction of EWPs to landfill by 0.5 million tonnes at end of life. The project will support ten NWE businesses to adopt the new technology and produce a range of adhesive free EWPs. This will have additional benefits leading to competitive advantage, economic growth and sustainable jobs. The new technology will also contribute to the sustainable management of forests in NWE and connected rural livelihoods by adding value to locally available low-quality timber. The advocacy, influencing and business support activity undertaken in the Long Term Effects work package will sustain these positive impacts after the project has ended.  

Project Partners

Lead partner

Organisation Contact name Address Email Website
University of Liverpool Zhongwei Guan 765 Brownlow Hill
Liverpool
L69 7ZX
United Kingdom
zguan@liverpool.ac.uk www.liv.ac.uk
Name Contact Name Email Country
National University of Ireland, Galway Annette Harte annette.harte@nuigalway.ie Ireland
Université de Lorraine Marc Oudjene marc.oudjene@univ-lorraine.fr France
Technische Universität Dresden Siavash Mahjourian Namari Siavash.Namari@tu-dresden.de Germany
Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology Belouettar Salim salim.belouettar@list.lu Luxembourg
Office économique wallon du bois François Deneufbourg f.deneufbourg@oewb.be Belgium
13/11/2017 - Cunliffes Limited welcomed to the project as sub-partner

The University of Liverpool AFTB partner are excited to have had their first project meeting with Liverpool-based company, Cunliffes Limited. As architectural adviser, Cunliffes will provide advice and support in the design and construction of a demonstrator building at Ness Botanic Gardens, Ness, UK. 

Cunliffes are an ISO 9001 Quality Assured multi-disciplinary private practice offering property and construction consultancy services to private and public sector clients.

Professional services offered include Architectural Design, Project Management, Building Surveying, Quantity Surveying, Employers Agent, Party Wall Surveyor and CDM Principal Designer.

Cunliffes’ clients include schools and colleges, universities, local Diocese and religious orders, museums, community organisations, financial institutions, housing associations, healthcare, financial institutions, developers and private clients.

Cunliffes’ specialise in the education sector and have in-house expertise with particular emphasis on the primary and secondary sectors, Academies and Universities.

31/8/2017 - "Talking Timber" Event organised by Teagasc

31/8/17 - "Talking Timber" Event organised by Teagasc

The Timber Engineering Research Group of National University of Ireland Galway participated in a timber marketing event entitled “Talking Timber” organised by Teagasc with the co-operation of the Irish timber industry and the Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Ireland. The event providing opportunities for forest owners to familiarise themselves with the timber sales process, various timber harvesting techniques and added value products such as Glulam and CLT products. A poster exhibition was held in conjunction with the event where the AFTB project was promoted.

14/8/2017 - Inductrial Visit to matthew O'Malley Joinery, Ireland

The Timber Engineering Research Group of National University of Ireland Galway visited Matthew O’Malley Joinery , Woodford, Co Galway. The aim of the visit was to explore and understand techniques involved in traditional joinery without using adhesives i.e. building construction using treenails and wooden pegs. Objectives and current proceedings of the project had been discussed with the building design professionals and carpenters.

The Timber Engineering Research Group of the National University of Ireland Galway visited Matthew O’Malley Joinery, Woodford, Co Galway. The aim of the visit was to explore and understand techniques involved in traditional joinery without using adhesives i.e. building construction using treenails and wooden pegs. Objectives and current proceedings of the project had been discussed with the building design professionals and carpenters.

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04/7/2017 - 3rd International Conference on Mechanics of Composites, University Alma Mater of Bologna, Italy

Ms. Imane E Houjeyri and Dr. Marc Oudjene of the University of Lorraine were very happy to present and introduce, to the scientific and industrial communities, the AFTB project at the 3rd International Conference on Mechanics of Composites which was held at the University Alma Mater of Bologna, Italy. A poster exhibition was held in conjunction with the event where the AFTB project was promoted.

Melle Imane E Houjeyri et le Mr. Marc Oudjene de l’Université de Lorraine ont eu beaucoup de Plaisir d’introduire et de présenter, aux communautés scientifique et industrielle, le projet Européen AFTB à la 3ème Conférence Internationale «Mechanics of Composites » qui s’est déroulée à l’Université Alma Mater de Bologne, en Italie. Un poster a été présenté lors de cet évènement pour la promotion du projet AFTB.

 

 

Pictured (Left-Right) Prof. Antonio J.M. Ferreira, Conference Chair and Editor-in-Chief of Composite Structures (ELSEVIER), University of Porto (Portugal), Ms. Imane El Houjeyri, PhD Researcher, University of Lorraine, Laëtitia Duigou, Institut de Recherche Dupuy de Lôme (France), and Dr. Marc Oudjene, Associate-Professor, University of Lorraine (France).

12/6/2017 - WMCAUS Symposium 2017 in Prague, Czech Republic

The main mission of "World Multidisciplinary Civil Engineering-Architecture-Urban Planning Symposium - WMCAUS" is to lead to contribute in multidisciplinary studies related to Civil Engineering, Architecture, City and Urban Planning and to improve interactions between people within these fields. Dr Zhongwei, of the University of Liverpool, presented the AFTB project to the society of civil engineering, architect and urban planning.

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Pictured: Dr. Zhongwei Guan, AFTB Project Lead, University of Liverpool presenting "Towards Adhesive Free Timber Buildings" to the society of civil engineering, architect and urban planning

 

16/5/2017 - Ministerial Announcement at The National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland

Dr Annette Harte and the Timber Engineering Research Group at The National University of Ireland, Galway were very happy to welcome the Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture, Andrew Doyle TD to announce a three-year initiative to characterise the strength properties of Irish timber for European regulatory authorities. Dr Harte and PhD Researcher, Sameer Mehra, took the opportunity to explain some of the ongoing work in the research group related to adhesive free engineered wood products under the Interreg NWE funded AFTB Project.

Pictured (Left-Right): Prof. Pól Ó Dochartaigh, Registrar and Deputy-President, NUI Galway, Mr Sameer Mehra, PhD Researcher, NUI Galway, Dr Annette Harte, Vice-Dean of the College of Engineering and Informatics, NUI Galway, and Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture, Andrew Doyle TD.

Introduction to AFTB

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