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About the project

Developing a sustainable and innovative wood value chain for the construction of multi-storey wood buildings.

Why Build-in-Wood?

To meet the global and European challenges of reducing the GHG emissions from the construction sector, Build-in-Wood will develop a sustainable and innovative wood value chain for the construction of multi-storey wood buildings. The ambition of the project is to make optimized and cost effective wood construction methods common practice in the European construction sector.

Build-in-Wood will address this challenge by innovative development of materials and

components as well as structural systems and façade elements for multi-storey wood buildings fit for both new construction and retrofitting. Developments will be tested, piloted and fully documented for immediate market uptake. Active engagement of selected cities will strengthen the urban-rural connections.

The project aims to lay the foundation for post-project full scale construction projects using developed solutions.

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We want to make wood a natural choice of building material for the construction of multi-storey buildings

Build-in-Wood Consortium


How we structured the project

Build-in-Wood as a project is clustered into 10 topic-specific work packages (WP), each of them led by a highly-specialised Consortium partner.

The first 3 WPs concentrate on the hard facts around construction, inspecting and improving materials, building systems and buildings as such.

WP 4 and 5 strive to optimise and document the process, while WP 6 focusses on the sustainability of wooden construction. WP 7 engages stakeholders and WP 9 develops new business models related to timber construction. WP 8 is responsible for project-related communication and WP 10 is all about getting things done: project management.


What we want to achieve

Our objectives

  • To make wood a natural choice of building material for the construction of multi-storey buildings

  • To decrease GHG-emissions of the European building sector

  • To establish an innovative and sustainable European value chain for multi-storey wood buildings

  • To improve the connection between rural and urban areas and to contribute to sustainable urbanisation

  • To increase productivity of the building sector

The impact

  • Reduction of GHG emissions through increased use of the sustainable, resource- and energy-efficient material wood

  • A rising demand for forest-based construction products will provide incentives for expanding and maintaining forests.

  • Creating economic opportunities and new ways of using wood and nature-based materials in construction sector

  • Increase of innovation in the building industry (materials, building systems and processes)

  • Higher quality of buildings (including health and indoor climate​

  • Green and decent jobs in rural and urban areas through a sustainable wood value chain

The outcomes

  • Optimised materials (resource-efficient, enhanced qualities)​

  • Performance and environmental documentation of developed materials, systems and solutions (e.g. LCA, LCC, S-LCA)

  • A structural, customizable building system platform, a guide to construction of multi-storey wood buildings as well as specifications for incorporations of ICT tools 

  • Demonstration projects 

  • Stakeholder co-creation and scenario building workshops for pilot and Early Adopter cities 

  • Trainings for entrepreneurs, SMEs and researchers 

  • The open source design guide (for private clients and local/national authorities) 

  • Overview and evaluation of relevant legislation, public regulations and standards 

  • Model for enhancement of rural-urban connection

This project has received funding from
the European Union's Horizon 2020
research and innovation programme
under grant agreement No 862820.


Danish Technological Institute

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