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We're excited to have been selected as the only UK partner in an EU funded consortium that will look at how to reduce CO2 emissions through increased use of engineered timber in multi storey buildings. 

Build-in-Wood is a €8.6 million project funded by Horizon 2020. The goal of the project is a simple one: to make wood the first choice for construction of multi-storey buildings.

The project is made up of a consortium of 21 partners representing the entire value chain from building materials to the finished structure with input from universities who will test the system and prototypes. In addition to designing building systems, the project also involves manufacturers, end users, politicians, and local European communities to increase an understanding of how wood can and should be accepted as the building material of the 21st century. 

The construction sector is one Europe’s largest CO2 contributors. Years of targeted legislation has significantly reduced emissions from operational energy of European buildings, however the significant contribution from the production of building materials and the building process has gone below the radar. By increasing the use of wood in construction we can have a significant impact on the carbon footprint of our buildings, actually removing carbon from the atmosphere and storing it within out buildings and cities.

Build-in-Wood is receiving funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 862820 and runs for four years from September 2019 to August 2023.