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Enhancing the competitiveness and efficiency of wood-based panels in construction

Contract nr: QLK5-CT-1999-01640
Project type: RS (Research and Technological Development Project)
Starting date: 01-02-2000
Duration: 36 months
Total cost: 1,963,420 EUR
EC Contribution: 981,710 EUR
Scientific Officer: Norbert WINKLER
Research topic: 5.3.2. Strategies for the sustainable and multipurpose utilisation of forest resources; the forestry-wood chain

Abstract:
This project is required in support of EU policy relating to the Construction Products Directive and the Harmonised Standard for wood-based panel products. The project will address 12 key issues relating to the structural use of wood-based panels as identified by the European Standardisation Committee CEN TC112.

The principal objective of this project is to enhance the efficiency and competitiveness of wood-based panels used in construction, through:

- A better understanding of panel properties and behaviour;
- The use of more reliable and consistent test methods at the European level;
- Facilitating innovation in the use of wood-based panels;
- Standardisation of manufacturer specific performance criteria.

The project will produce new test methodologies, performance data and design factors for implementation by the relevant standardisation committees and industry.


Coordinator
Peter BONFIELD
Building Research Establishment Ltd
Watford
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel.: +44 1923 664815
Fax: +44 1923 664785
E-mail: bonfieldp@bre.co.uk


Partners
  Andrew ABBOTT
Trada Technology Ltd
High Wycombe
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel.: +44 1494 563091
Fax: +44 1494 565487
E-mail: arabbott@ttlchiltren.co.uk
  Lars Ole KORNUM
Danish Technological Institute
Taastrup
DENMARK
Tel.: +45 43504221
Fax: +45 43504024
E-mail: lars.ole.kornum@teknologisk.dk
  Ruediger DORNER
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Angewandten Forschung E.V.
München
GERMANY
Tel.: +49 89 1205594
Fax: +49 89 1205642
E-mail: dorner@zv.fhg.de
  Erkki KM LEPPAVUORI
Technical Research Centre of Finland
Espoo
FINLAND
Tel.: +358 94561
Fax: +358 94567031
E-mail: erkki.leppavuori@vtt.fi
  Helena CRUZ
Laboratorio Nacional de Engneharia Civil
Lisboa
PORTUGAL
Tel.: +351 18482131/2295
E-mail: helenacruz@lnec.pt