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Wednesday, December 4 2019


Conditions, solutions and potentials for housing construction in wood

Moderation: Christoph Starck, LIGNUM – Holzwirtschaft Switzerland, Zurich (SUI)

Europe‘s urban areas are growing, in some cases rapidly. For example, in the economic hub of Zurich, after decades of people leaving the city, today as many people live there as in the boom times of the late 1950s. But the new attractiveness of European centers also has its downsides: there is often a lack of rapidly available, high-quality and at the same time affordable housing for the economically less wellestablished. Wood construction offers a first-class solution. Thanks to prefabrication on an industrial scale and advanced BIM expertise, construction time can be significantly reduced for technically mature, sustainable, energy-efficient and climate-friendly new buildings. Wood construction is ideally suited for building within existing inventory. Additionally, the renewable and sustainably used resource wood is locally available throughout Europe.


Reception of attendees

Coffee sponsored by Sihga

09.00 - 12.40


Reinhard Wiederkehr, LIGNUM – Holzwirtschaft Switzerland, Zurich (SUI)

Charta Holz 2.0 – the political way of using wood in construction

Dr. Denny Ohnesorge, Deutscher Holzwirtschaftsrat (DHWR), Berlin (GER)

Market potential for serial and modular construction

Marcel Dresse, B+L Marktdaten, Bonn (GER)

The European construction industry in a macroeconomic context

Prof. Dr. Jan-Egbert Sturm, KOF Konjunkturforschungsstelle der ETH Zurich, Zurich (SUI)

Coffee break

Coffee sponsered by Metsä Wood

Social housing in UK

Tobias Löw, Eurban London (UK), Swiss office, Frauenfeld (CH)

Wood – a pleasing building material

Stefan Schautes, HOWOGE Wohnungsbaugesellschaft, Berlin (GER)

Neckarbogen in Heilbronn – City of the future

Wolf-Dieter Sprenger, Stadtsiedlung Heilbronn, Heilbronn (GER)


with the speakers of the morning


Lunch break

Coffee sponsered by Dynea

Pre-conference seminar I

Architecture Forum

Organized by the Technical University Munich (DE)
in collaboration with “aut. architektur and tirol” Innsbruck (AUT)

Simple, material-adapted and innovative

Moderation: Prof. Hermann Kaufmann, Technical University Munich, Munich (GER)

The first part of this seminar deals with the topic “Build Simple” which is attracting increasing interest due the mechanization of our buildings. Two projects are presented: the research houses in Bad Aibling and the agricultural center Salez in Switzerland. The second part is dedicated to the topic of wooden architecture and provides an insight into the fascinating work of the world-famous architect Bijoy Jain, Studio Mumbai, and his traditional craft-based strategies.


Reception of attendees

13.45 - 18.30


Prof. Hermann Kaufmann, Technical University Munich, Munich (GER)

Forschung.Einfach.Bauen – Three research houses in Bad Aibling

Prof. Florian Nagler, Technical University Munich, Munich (GER)

Agricultural center Salez

Andy Senn, Andy Senn Architektur, St. Gallen (SUI)

Discussion “Build simple”

Two pioneering structures from Norway

Reinhard Kropf, Helen & Hard, Stavanger (NOR)

Coffee break in the exhibition area

Coffee sponsered by Lignatur

Idea and material

Prof. Felix Waechter, Waechter + Waechter Architekten, Darmstadt (GER)

Bijoy Jain, Studio Mumbai Architects, Mumbai (India)

Special Guest



Aperitif in the exhibition hall

Aperitif sponsored by SFS intec

Starting 19.15

Dinner – delicacies from the Alpine countries

Pre-conference seminar II

Prefabricated housing forum

Organized by the German Federal Society for Prefabricated Housing (BDF), Bad Honnef (GER)
and the Austrian Society for Prefabricated Housing (ÖFV), Vienna (AUT)

Digitization “Production | BIM and Industrie 4.0”

Moderation: Georg Lange, Bundesverband Deutscher Fertigbau (BDF), Bad Honnef (GER)
and Christian Murhammer, Österreichischer Fertighausverband (ÖFV), Vienna (AUT)

Demands on companies, employees and the overall value chain are becoming more complex as a result of digitization. Information is needed that can be used across the board based on uniform data structures, which in turn make it possible to share information between the different trades and disciplines. In addition, the legal possibilities and limits of BIM and the personnel requirements of the new occupational field of the BIM coordinator must be considered. Digitization also offers opportunities through the combination of different prefabrication systems.


Reception of attendees

13.45 - 18.30


Hans Volker Noller, Präsidium des BDF, Bad Honnef (GER)

Legal possibilities and limits of BIM

Prof. Peter Matthias Astner, Möller Rechtsanwälte / Technical University Rosenheim, Rosenheim (GER)

Material data in the context of harmonized product standards

Christoph Eichler, ODE office for digital engineering, Vienna (AUT)

The BIM coordinator

Marc Pancera, Itten + Brechbühl, Basel (SUI)

Coffee break in the exhibition area

Coffee sponsered by Stora Enso Timber Deutschland

Industry 4.0 enabled: From Ego to Lego! Opportunities for the combination of different prefabrication systems

Bernd Höfferl, proHolz Austria, Vienna (AUT)

HVAC: Planning in praxis

Pierre Hischmann and Daniel Eckstein, WeberHaus, Rheinau-Linx (GER)

From planning to execution: An overview of BIM in timber construction

Philipp Zumbrunnen, Eurban, London (UK)



Aperitif in the exhibition hall

Aperitif sponsored by SFS intec

Starting 19.15

Dinner – delicacies from the Alpine countries

Pre-conference seminar III

Wooden house construction forum

Organized by the European Federation of Timber Construction, Berlin (GER)

Shaping the digital company transformation: identifying challenges, taking advantage of opportunities

Moderation: Hans Rupli, HANS RUPLI GmbH, Zurich (SUI)

What opportunities and challenges arise with the digitization of my company? What impact does digitization have on my corporate and leadership culture? How can I attract and retain new customers, open up attractive markets, simplify business processes, and maintain networks? These and other questions are answered in this seminar.


Reception of attendees

13.45 - 18.30


Peter Aicher, Präsident Timber Contruction Europe, Berlin (GER)

How artificial intelligence and blockchain turn marketing upside down

Jörg Eugster, Internet entrepreneur, NetBusiness Consulting, Vaduz (LIE)

The Sharing Economy – a growth market with great potential

Tanja Eschberger, LEAD Innovation, Vienna (AUT)

Brand management in a digital world

Dr. Judith Meyer, Brand Trust, Nürnberg (GER)

Coffee break in the exhibition area

Coffee sponsered by Lignatur

Digital transformation: Issues where the shoe pinches

Norbert Winterberg, Bern University of Applied Sciences, Biel/Bienne (SUI)

Panel discussion: Digitization in the craft business – success factor or myth?

Peter Eicher, Jörg Eugster, Tanja Eschberger, Dr. Judith Meyer, Norbert Winterberg

"Rethinking in mind" A practical report on challenges and experiences in the digitalisation of craft enterprises

Martin Goppel, Berlin (GER)


Aperitif in the exhibition hall

Aperitif sponsored by SFS intec

Starting 19.15

Dinner – delicacies from the Alpine countries

Pre-conference seminar IV

Connection technology

Organized by Aalto University Helsinki, Helsinki (FIN)

Current trends in connection technology

Moderation: Prof. Dr. Gerhard Fink, Aalto University Helsinki, Helsinki (FIN)

In the last decades, timber engineering has developed rapidly. Widespan arenas and bridges as well as multi-storey residential and office buildings made of wood are now common. High-quality and reliable connections are the basic requirement for these structures. The use of hardwood timber products as well as new and at the same time more demanding applications of wood as building material require a continuous development in the field of connector technology as well as new and innovative solutions.


Reception of attendees

13.45 - 18.30


Prof. Dr. Gerhard Fink, Aalto University, Helsinki (FIN)

Areal mechanical fasteners

Dr. Roland Maderebner, Universität Innsbruck, Innsbruck (AUT)

Eurocode 5:2022 – Introduction to the new section “Reinforcements” with a focus on transmission of perpendicular to grain forces

Dr. Philipp Dietsch, Technical University Munich, Munich (GER)

Dowel joints and glued-in rods in beech BSH

Prof. Andreas Müller and Sebastian Pascal Heubuch, Bern University of Applied Sciences, Biel/Bienne (SUI)

Coffee break in the exhibition area

Coffee sponsered by Stora Enso Timber Deutschland

Structural perfromance of screws in beech wood

Prof. Dr. Robert Jockwer, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg (SWE)

Problems and solutions for screwed joints in hardwood products

Prof. Dr. Reinhard Brandner, Graz University of Technologie, Graz (AUT)

Self-tapping wood screws: Screw-in torque and withdrawal resistance in relation to installation imperfections

Dr. Matthias Frese, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Karlsruhe (GER)



Aperitif in the exhibition hall

Aperitif sponsored by SFS intec

Starting 19.15

Dinner – delicacies from the Alpine countries

Thursday, December 5 2019


Like other industries, the wood industry depends on the political and economic framework in which it operates.Therefore, it is important to consider the relevant national and international political trends and economic developments in the context of an international conference.


Reception of attendees

Welcome coffee sponsored by tectofix-Bauer Technik


Welcome by the Organzier

Prof. Dr. h.c. Heinrich Köster, Technical University Rosenheim,Rosenheim (GER)

Build on the proven to shape the future

Moderation: Prof. Dr. h.c. Heinrich Köster, Technical University Rosenheim, Rosenheim (GER)

Without history, there is no future in the present. Building with wood was a dominant construction method, determined by regionality and resources (man and forest). Much was lost or ignored in the last century. Resource shortages, climate change and digitization once again opened the view to the old, tried and tested and helped the wood industry to blossom during the last two decades. The “International Timber Construction Forum” helped write this history and shape the present of wood construction.


Welcome by the city and the region

Christoph Walser, President of the Tyrol Chamber of Commerce
Georg Willi, Mayor of the city of Innsbruck
ÖR Josef Geisler, Deputy Governor of the Province of Tyrol

08.45 - 09.50

25 years International Timber Construction Forum (IHF)

Prof. Dr. h.c. Heinrich Köster and Prof. Uwe Germerott, FORUM HOLZBAU

Challenge Future

Matthias Horx, Zukunftsinstitut, Vienna (GER/AUT)



Coffee break in the exhibition area

Coffee sponsored by Jowat


High performance timber structures occupy a special place in the construction industry and the general public. They inspire confidence in the performance of wood as a building material and document the wide range of its use.

Large-volume buildings

Moderation: Ass. Prof. Dr. Tobias Schauerte, Linnaeus University, Växjö (SWE)

Whether land or city, multi-storey and large-volume timber construction has gained recognition and acceptance worldwide for societal and ecological reasons. In addition to the well-known lighthouse projects in the area of “high-rise timber construction”, there are also outstanding residential buildings with a signal effect, because of their sheer size.

10.20 - 12.30

Quartier Weissensee: Berlins largest wood construction

Christoph Deimel, Deimel Oelschlaeger Architekten, Berlin (GER)

House “Crocodile”, Lokstadt in Winterthur: 8 storeys in wood – (almost) without concrete and steel

Andreas Burgherr, Timbatec, Zurich (SUI)

HoHo– Vienna – lighthouse project for nybrid wood construction

Dr. Richard Woschitz, Woschitz Group, Vienna (AUT)

Cultural center and hotel complex Skellefteå | Sweden – The next step in Europe

Florian Kosche, DIFK – Dipl.-Ing. Florian Kosche AS,Oslo (NOR)



Lunch in the Congress Centrum Innsbruck

Coffee sponsored by Isofloc

Timber construction in transition – creating capacities with new approaches

Moderation: Prof. Uwe Germerott, Bern University of Applied Sciences, Biel/Bienne (SUI)

Technological developments and the increasing digitization up to robotic production have significantly increased the market share of wood construction in the last years, particularly for multi-storey buildings. The lack of standardization and the restraints of time and cost frameworks are the main areas that require new approaches from planning to implementation.

14.00 - 15.40

The change in the European construction industry – Successful re-orientation in a dynamic environment

Christoph Weber, Horváth & Partners Management Consulting, Vienna (AUT)

Colaboration and creation of something big in wood

Heiko Seen, HU-Holzunion, Rotenburg (GER)

The Katerra story and the Silicon Valey

Robert Malczyk, Equilibrium Consulting/Katerra, Vancouver (CAN)



Lunch in the Congress Centrum Innsbruck

Coffee sponsored by Gutex

Office and hotel buildings with charisma

Moderation: Prof. Dr. Guido Wimmers, University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George (CAN)

The versatility of the building material wood is reflected in the international architecture. New joining techniques and material combinations create the templates for new applications. With a selection of realized projects of international importance, an overview is provided of the diverse possible uses of wood and wood-based materials in combination with other materials in modern building construction.

16.10 - 18.20

A building system for duplicable hotel buildings

Giovanni Spatti, Wood Beton SpA, Iseo (ITA)

Bjergsted Financial Park, Stavanger

Mario Rando, Degree of Freedom Engineers, Oslo (NOR)

Office building of the Nexity Ywood in Nice – And an overview of current large projects in France

Jean-Luc Sandoz, CBS-Lifteam, Paris (FRA)

55 Southbank Boulevard, Melbourne – Challenges of a 10 Storey Mass Timber Vertical Extension

Nathan Benbow, Vistek Structual Engineers, Melbourne (AUS)



Coffee break in the exhibition area

Coffee sponsored by tectofix-Bauer Technik


The International Timber Construction Forum is a meeting place for innovative companies, product developers and researchers in the timber industry. With the block “Timber construction development”, the IHF offers an international platform to present the latest developments, solutions and research results, to exchange ideas with companies and to initiate new research projects.

Timber Engineering: Planning | Statics | Execution of complex free-form structures

Moderation: Dr. Simon Aicher, MPA Universität Stuttgart, Stuttgart (GER)

Partially and fully automated program-controlled production technologies are available in timber construction companies. Sophisticated design and visualization software tools are used in architectural offices, and powerful numerical simulation programs are now standard in structural design. However, the linking and feedback of architectural design, structural design, manufacturing detail plans, and then manufacturing and construction in (partial) robotic cyber-physical processes is just beginning. Ground breaking projects illustrate the potential, particularly enabled through new joining technologies.

10.30 - 12.40

BUGA Wood Pavillion: Freeform surface made of robotic zero-tolerance segments

Prof. Dr. Achim Menges and Prof. Dr. Jan Knippers, Universität Stuttgart, Stuttgart (GER)

New building Swatch Group Biel - A milestone in the history of timber construction

Constructing at the limit of the feasible – Experiences and solutions

Franz Tschümperlin, SJB Kempter Fitze, Eschenbach (SUI)

More than models – Digital workflows from design to installation

Fabian Scheurer, Design-to-Production, Erlenbach (SUI)

The model becomes reality – Challenges in production and assembly

Richard Jussel, Blumer-Lehmann, Gossau (SUI)



Lunch break in the Congress Centrum Innsbruck

Coffee sponsored by Isofloc

Ribbed plates and box girders: high performance and material efficiency

Moderation: Dr. Simon Aicher, MPA Universität Stuttgart, Stuttgart (GER)

Monolithic members with rectangular cross sections are not resource efficient when exposed to bending stresses. In contrast, ribbed plates and box girders enable performance- and volume-optimized material and geometry combinations. The joining technologies of webs and flanges are decisive for economic efficiency. DIN 1052-10: 2012 defined (for the first time worldwide) the boundary conditions and design details of screw press bonds which in combination with self-tapping screws and suitable adhesives enable very efficient serial and individual production of rib connections. With the new version of DIN 1052, the dimensions, the manufacture and the use of glued components will expand decisively. The presented projects impressively prove this point.

14.00 - 15.40

Visitor Center Ruhestein: Complex engineering meets challenging geography

Simon Pfeffer and Karl-Heinz Roth, ZÜBLIN Timber, Aichach (GER)

Canopy in the Olympic Park Munich: Piecewise 20m cantilever

Gordian Kley, merz kley partner, Dornbirn (AUT)

Rulantica: A new water world in the Europapark Rust

Samuel Blumer, sblumer, Graz (AUT)



Coffee break in the exhibition area

Coffee sponsored by Gutex

Revitalization and re-use of exisiting structures

Moderation: Dr. Simon Aicher, MPA Universität Stuttgart, Stuttgart (GER)

Urban densification, the conversion of existing industrial wastelands and the revitalization of neighborhoods with significantly increased living and housing values represent a central task for cities worldwide. Timber construction plays a key role. This results from the almost unlimited combinability of wood with other materials and existing struc-tures as a result of its low weight, fast construction times, implementation of compulsory sustainability concepts, and the feasibility of visionary formal languages. Doubts about this development are irrevocably excluded by the presented projects.

16.10 - 18.20

Rebirth in wood: From an old abandoned production site to a modern technology center

Albino Angeli, X-LAM Dolomiti, Castel Ivano (ITA)

Bernapark: A closed factory becomes a visionary quarter

Nik Stuber and Markus Steiner, Stuber & Cie, Schüpfen (SUI)

L’aventure Nature & Découvertes: Old steel arches as supporting structure for a new head office

Jean-Claude Baudin, Charpente Cénomane, Requeil (FRA)

Gare Maritime: Modern timber construction revives Europe’s previously largest freight train yard

Heinz Thurik, ZÜBLIN Timber, Aichach (GER)



Coffee break in the exhibition area

Coffee sponsored by tectofix-Bauer Technik


The Master of Science in Wood Technology from Bern University of Applied Sciences and Rosenheim Technical University of Applied Sciences has initiated an international call for papers for master students to present their thesis with a topic related to the wood construction industry. Out of many very qualified submissions the following students were chosen to present their highly relevant findings at this first Master Colloquium in Innsbruck.

Block I: Timber construction in the residential environment

Moderation: Christa Gertiser, Berner University of Applied Sciences

14.00 - 15.40

Donaukanal 61 | Wood and the Public in the City

Sebastian Rapposch, Graz University of Technologie

Placemaking: A Case Study of Minimal-Impact Building in the Great Bear Rainforest

Gordon Clayton, Rosenheim Technical University of Applied Sciences

Vibrations in residential timber floors: A comparison between the current and the revised Eurocode 5

Whokko Schirén and Trixie Swahn, Linnaeus University

Experimental full-scale testing of a multistory timber frame building concerning dynamic properties

Urs Oberbach, Berner University of Applied Sciences



Coffee break

Coffee sponsored by Gutex

Block II: Design models and experimental testing for the use of innovative wood-based materials

Moderation: Prof. Dr. Martin Illner, Rosenheim Technical University of Applied Sciences

16.10 - 18.20

Study to design of two variants of a pedestrian and cyclist bridge in timber-composite design as a construction replacement option for the city of Koblenz

Paul Dreifke, Technical University of Berlin

Calculation model for adhesive-bonded timber-concrete composite elements

Georg Erlinger, University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria

Investigation of lateral torsional buckling of timber beams subjected to combined bending and axial compression

Nico Köppel, University of Stuttgart

Mechanical behaviour of beech glued laminated timber columns subjected to compression loading

Monika Zeilhofer, Technical University Munich



Coffee break

Coffee sponsored by tectofix-Bauer Technik


Gala Dinner 25 Years IHF

In the “historic hall B” on the exhibition grounds Innsbruck

Coffee sponsored by SFS intec

Friday, December 6 2019


Wood structures are unique and different from other structures from an environmental point of view. As a natural and renewable resource, wood has qualities that are vital to our survival. If wood as a building material did not exist, we would have to invent it. Accordingly, all stakeholders in the construction industry are called upon to ensure that wood plays a greater role as a construction material than in the recent past.

Block A

Engineering Structures: Bridges | Towers | Platforms

Moderation: Prof. Volker Schiermeyer, Fachhochschule Bielefeld, Bielefeld (GER)

Timber construction not only allows for tall and industrial buildings, but also challenging structures can be implemented using predominantly wood as building material. Bridges and towers have always held a special appeal to planners and builders. Special structures require particular application of constructive wood protection knowledge and detailed, material-oriented planning.

08.30 - 12.20

Rock Tower Steinberg am See: Report on the construction of a 40m barrier-free wooden sphere

Kai Vahle, Hess Timber, Kleinheubach (GER)

Timber engineering art high above the treetops: Findings from decades of building wooden observation towers

Johannes Lederbauer, WIEHAG, Altheim (AUT)

TimberTower: Experience from design and operation of the first wind turbine with wooden tower

Prof. Dr. Mike Sieder and Carlo Schröder, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Braunschweig (GER)

Coffee break

Coffee sponsored by Saint-Gobain Rigips

Cattle drive bridge at Bernried on Lake Starnberg

Bernhard Sailer, Tragwerksplanung Reiser, Munich (GER)

Glacier Sand Bridge: Glulam and Ultra-High Performance Fiber Reinforced Concrete

Marc-André Berchtold, Emch+Berger, Bern (SUI)

The Green Bridge at Thyrow: Planning and execution

Prof. Volker Schiermeyer, HSW Ingenieure, Bad Oeynhausen (GER)



Coffee break

Coffee sponsored by Türmerleim

Block B

Arena construction: Newly Interpreted

Moderation: Prof. Michael Flach, Universität Innsbruck, Innsbruck (AUT)

Wide-span wooden arenas are realized with a variety of structural systems, characterized by material-saving and efficient solutions. From spatial trusses, over folded plate structures to grid shells, these structures are characterized by multiaxial loaded systems, elegance and slenderness.

08.30 - 12.20

Pyramidal folded plate structure for noble Swiss chocolate

Thomas Strahm, neue Holzbau, Lungern (SUI)

Folded plate structure made of cross laminated timber: Calculation and implementation

Prof. Dr. Yves Weinand, EPF Lausanne, Lausanne (SUI)

Outdoor ice skating rink in Samoens

Laurent Clère, Arborescence, Lyon (FRA)

Coffee break

Coffee sponsored by Saint-Gobain Rigips

Timber gridshell dome structures at the Taiyuan Botanical Garden (China)

Lucas Epp, StructureCraft, Vancouver (CAN)

Logistics in wood with Metro and Cargo as partners

Dr. Helmut Poppe, Poppe*Prehal Architekten, Steyr (AUT)

SWG Schraubenwerk Gaisbach – Beech LVL at its limits

Christoph Dünser, HK Architekten, Schwarzach (AUT)
Henning Ernst, SWG Engineering, Rülzheim (GER)



Coffee break

Coffee sponsored by Türmerleim

Block C

Future concepts for multi-storey wood construction

Moderation: Prof. Andreas Müller, Bern University of Applied Sciences, Biel/Bienne (SUI)

Multi-storey timber construction has been established worldwide with a large number of tall buildings with wood load-resisting systems in recent years. Forward-looking and final planning in timber construction avoids surprises in the construction process and leads to cost certainty. The experiences made in the process are consistently positive. More and more investors therefore rely on wood construction in this building class. While the realized buildings have different conceptual approaches as prototypes, there are currently clear tendencies for the future.

Concepts for multi-storey wood buildings

08.30 - 12.20

Practical experiences with respect to bracing concepts for 12-storey wooden high-rise buildings under consideration of wind and earthquake loads

Bernhard Gafner, ASPECT Structural Engineers, Vancouver (CAN)

The extension of the Steico headquarters

Stefan Rapp, Rapp Architekten, Ulm (GER)

Modular wooden high-rise buildings – a proven timber hybrid system with different structural realization

Thomas Wehrle, ERNE Holzbau, Laufenburg (SUI)

Coffee break

Coffee sponsored by Saint-Gobain Rigips

Multi-storey construction with room modules

Modules in cross laminated timber construction

Christian Kaufmann, Kaufmann Bausysteme, Reuthe (AUT)

Room modules in wood light construction – realized in 4 months

Max Renggli, Renggli, Sursee (SUI)

Comparison of modular construction methods in multi-storey wood construction

Konrad Merz, merz kley partner, Dornbirn, (AUT)



Coffee break

Coffee sponsored by Türmerleim

Block D

Adventure Wood Research

Moderation: Prof. Dr. Stefan Winter, TUM.wood, Munich (GER)

The block Adventure Research provides insights into the colorful world of wood research and beyond introducing the latest developments and contrarian positions.

Part 1: How much HVAC does a house need?


Presentations followed by a discussion forum

Prof. Thomas Auer, Technical University Munich & Transsolar Energietechnik, Stuttgart (GER)
Prof. Helmut Krapmeier, Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Wuppertal (GER)
Klaus Rohlffs, ip5, Karlsruhe (GER)

Approx. 50% of fossil fuels are consumed by the building sector. That amount can be significantly reduced, e.g. by an energy-efficient building envelope. However, on the one extreme there is a tendency for radical simplification, and on the other extreme, more and more technology, with more and more complex control concepts are applied. The compromise? Domestic engineering and control where it has proven successful. To quote Albert Einstein: “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.”


Coffee break

Coffee sponsored by Saint-Gobain Rigips

Part 2: Fit for the future – re-thinking wood modification


Presentations followed by a discussion forum

Prof. Dr. Ingo Burgert, ETH Zurich & Empa Dübendorf (SUI)
Prof. Dr. Cordt Zollfrank, Technical University Munich (GER)

Renewable resources are essential for sustainable development. Here, wood as future high-performance material plays a special role. Adverse wood properties such as the limited dimensional stability or combustibility can be significantly changed by modification. Targeted material modification also generates completely new properties such as creating specific optical effects or actuation properties for future high performance applications.


Coffee break

Coffee sponsored by Türmerleim


Timber construction: resource storage and recyclability

Moderation: Prof. Wolfgang Winter, Technische Universität Vienna, Vienna (AUT)

In the course of industrialization and the associated mechanical mass production and processing in the last century, re-use was more complex and less interesting in comparison to the “new”. With the ever-increasing weighting of ecological balance and “gray energy” in the construction of a building, reusable components and materials are becoming increasingly of interest. However, acting and thinking in cycles is complex and requires new approaches and processes. For example, the constructive idea and the availability of the required material are mutually dependent and must be thought of from the beginning. Further, components must be accurately recorded and cataloged to support the increasing digitization in the construction industry.

12.50 - 15.30

Wood – a “circular” building material

Prof. Eike Roswag-Klinge, Natural Building Lab & Technical University of Berlin, Berlin (GER)
Andrea Klinge, ZRS Architekten Ingenieure, Berlin (GER)

Growth, Regrowth, Adaptation – Natural Principles for Building Industry – The replacement for the Comedie Francaise in the Palais Royal in Paris

Jacques Anglade, Anglade Structure Bois & Atelier Nao, Arles (FRA)

Cradle to Cradle: Designing and constructing with wood: experiences, expectations, visions

Jörg Finkbeiner, Partner and Partner Architekten, Berlin (GER)

Discussion and final words

Lunch in the exhibition area

Coffee sponsored by Norbord


End of IHF 2019

Apart from gaining knowledge from the formal sessions, participants have the opportunity to learn about the latest developments and innovations in wood construction in the parallel trade show, where the sponsors and other companies are presenting their products. Take advantage of the breaks to get an overview, to socialize and to deepen existing contacts.

The organizers, sponsors and exhibitors wish you an interesting and enjoyable 25th International Wood Construction Conference IHF 2019.

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