ForestED: new project to promote sustainable forest management and bioeconomy

25 March 2024

ForestED will develop innovative experimental prototypes for construction by applying advanced digital manufacturing technologies in building.

The project stands out for its innovative approach to collaboration between the forest industry and construction, promoting the circular economy and environmental sustainability.

The ForestED project will be developed in Catalonia and Galicia analyzing different tree forest species present in natural woodland with possibilities of use. The forest species studied will be Castanyer (Castanea sativa), Faig (Fagus sylvatica) and Pi Pinyer (Pinus halepensis) in Catalonia and Roure (Quercus robur), Castanyer (Castanea sp.) and Bedoll (Betula celtibérica) in Galicia. These woods will be studied through innovative experimental prototypes for building, taking into account physical-mechanical aspects, durability, and technical behavior. The impact obtained will be evaluated and recommendations and analyses of the potential of the proposal will be made in the different territories.

The Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) will coordinate the project, in which the Forest Science and Technology Centre of Catalonia (CTFC), Asociación Forestal de Galicia (AFG), and the Consorci Forestal de Catalunya (CFC) also participate. ForestED has the support of the Biodiversity Foundation of the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge (MITECO) within the framework of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan (PRTR), funded by the European Union – NextGenerationEU.

The ForestED project stands out for its innovative approach to creating synergies between the forestry industry and the construction sector, promoting the circular economy and long-term environmental sustainability. The interdisciplinary collaboration between architects, forest scientists, and technology experts will enable us to address the current challenges in forest management and sustainable building, thus contributing to climate change mitigation and biodiversity conservation through innovative practices and the responsible use of natural resources. Throughout the project, there will be workshops and training courses, a documentary, and a traveling exhibition.

Last modified: 25 March 2024