CELLUWOOD project aimed at developing a new range of structural elements for construction made of wood by introducing innovative technologies. The project developed the fit for purposes nanocellulose and lignin-based bioresins and their novel applications in the laminated wood production (glulam products) instead of synthetic resins made from petrochemicals. The ultimate outcomes are new glulam re-engineered construction elements, namely eco-beams and eco-columns, manufactured with more natural based and eco-friendly adhesives in comparison with the conventional laminated beams and columns. These innovative building products and the inclusion of new technologies are expected to provide environmental benefits. A significant impact on the glulam market is expected leading to higher demand for glulam products when carbon neutral building solutions are sought.
The specific objective of this proposal is to bring into existence a new range of low carbon, reliably strong building construction materials made of wood sourced from well managed and sustainable forests, through:
- The introduction of the (new) technologies from other sectors (e.g. cellulose velvet, biocomposite reinforcement and bio-resin) for innovative uses in the defect removal and repairing, and lamination of strong building materials
- Facilitating innovation in the use of nano/micro cellulose and bio-resin technologies in timber re-engineering
- The development, testing and demonstration of the novel products.
Figure. Schematic of novel process