Project: Innovative modified birch wood product for building applications (InnoBjörk)
The InnoBjörk project is intended to provide solutions for how value-added products can be made from Swedish birch wood, using the innovative green technology "wood modification".
Project manager Reza Hosseinpourpia Other project members Sheikh Ali Ahmed Financier J. Gust. Richert foundation Timetable 1 Jan 2023–31 Dec 2024 Subject Forestry and wood technology (Department of Forestry and Wood Technology, Faculty of Technology)
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Birch is commercially one of the most important hardwood species in Southern Sweden. It is a light-demanding early successional pioneer species, which grows both in mixed and pure stands.
Birchwood,however, is characterized by its poor dimensional stability and biological durability, especially when it is subjected to the outdoor environment. In addition, the production of birch in sustainably managed forests and following different thinning programs results in wood with various qualities and sizes.
Hence, the Swedish birch is mainly used for pulping and firewood, which is a marginal benefit for the forest owners. The application of birch wood in the building industry requires significant improvement in its intrinsic properties.
The InnoBjörk project is intended to provide solutions for how value-added products can be made from Swedish birch wood using the innovative green technology "wood modification". The new products (façade and flooring) will strengthen the sustainable use of birch wood in buildings.