Wooden office building (Fyrtornet) in Malmö which is currently being built and which is part of the research project Sustainable construction with wood - material-efficient value creation from wooden materials to buildings. The architect Wingårdhs and the development company Granitor are included as partners in the research profile. Photo: Michael Dorn

Project: Competitive timber structures – Resource efficiency and climate benefits along the wood value chain through engineering design

Through increasing scientific knowledge along the wood construction value chain for increased competitiveness and sustainable development, the project will contribute to the transition to a green and climate neutral or even climate positive construction sector.

Project information

Project manager
Thomas K Bader
Other project members
Anders Olsson, Reza Hosseinpourpia, Michael Schweigler, Michael Dorn, Jimmy Johansson, Ambrose Dodoo, Björn Johannesson, Johan Bergh, Wit Derkowski, Carmen Amaddeo, Bishnu Chandra Poudel, Tobias Schauerte, Osama Abdeljaber, Min Hu, Eva Binder, Whokko Schirén and Anders Alrutz
Participating organizations
Linnaeus University, Södra Skogsägarna, Skanska Sverige AB, IKEA of Sweden, Derome AB, Växjö Kommunföretag AB (VKAB), Setra Trävaror AB, Holmen Trävaror, Vida AB, Wingårdh Arkitektkontor AB, Dalahus, Torps Byggelement AB, Granitor, GBO Fastening Systems AB, Dynalyse AB, SAAB AB, Arkitektbolaget Kronoberg AB, Svenskt Trä, Centrum för byggande och boende med trä (CBBT)
KK Stiftelsen, Forskningsprofiler 22
1 december 2023 – 30 november 2031
Building technology (Department of Building Technology, Faculty of Technology), forestry and wood technology (Department of Forestry and Wood Technology, Faculty of Technology) and mechanical engineering (Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Technology)
Research groups
Wood Building Technology, Forest Products, Cross laminated timber (CLT), Connections in Timber Structures, Strength Grading of Timber, Forestry and Wood, Mechanical Engineering
Linnaeus Knowledge Environment
Green Sustainable Development

More about the project

The building sector accounts for nearly half of the material consumption and 40 % of the total primary energy use in the European Union. Substitution of non-renewable construction materials with wood offers great potential for reducing climate impact, which can be realized through a resource efficient use of the renewable material in sustainable products and structures. During the last decades, building with wood has gained momentum and the market share of wood in mid-rise multi-story residential buildings has substantially increased. Development has been facilitated by novel building materials and systems, with e.g., cross-laminated timber, through advances in the engineering design and through increased industrialization in the wood construction value chain. However, further substitution of non-renewable construction materials with wood is needed and this, in turn, requires wood-based products and structures to be improved with respect to resource efficiency, performance and cost-effectiveness, also for applications that are currently dominated by other materials. This can be achieved through an integrated holistic approach along the value chain from the forests over to the material production to prolong service life, recycle and re-use of wood-based elements and buildings to promote circularity in the construction sector.

Timber structures are developed and managed along a value chain, starting with the supply and processing of wood material to higher value engineered products, followed by project de- velopment including architecture and overall design of buildings, technical detailing, and pro- duction issues. Consideration of costs, climate impact and maintenance are parts of the pro- ject development phase that extends into the operation phase, which is followed by decon- struction, re-use, and recycling.

The research profile is organized in 5 sub-areas, namely

  1. Engineered wood products from forest biomaterials
  2. Design of wood-based building systems
  3. Assessment and structural health monitoring of timber structures
  4. Industrialized production along the wood construction value chain
  5. Energy and climate efficient wood-based buildings

The scientific competence related to these sub-areas and a broad representation through committed companies active along all parts of the wood material and construction value chain are the basis for the Research Profile. A project management team consisting of experienced researchers acting as project leader, assistant project leader and research leaders, will coordinate the work. Furthermore, the organization includes a steering committee with representatives from participating partners and an international scientific reference group.

The Research Profile will lead to scientific deepening, renewal, and consolidation of the research environment at Linnaeus University and reinforce its international scientific positioning within sustainable timber structures. It moreover contributes to realize Linnaeus University’s ambition to "set knowledge in motion for a sustainable societal development".

The project is part of the research in the research groups Wood Building Technology, Forest Products, Cross laminated timber (CLT), Connections in Timber Structures, Strength Grading of Timber, Forestry and Wood, Mechanical Engineering and in the Linnaeus Knowledge Environment Green Sustainable Development.

Time planning

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