This is the Final report of task 2a Market study of
small round wood in the project EU-FAIR CT-95-0091.
The respective participants of Part 2a have been VTT
Building Technology (Finland), University of Surrey (the
United Kingdom), CTBA (France), TUDelft (The
Netherlands), BOKU (Austria) and MTT (Finland).
The measure of forest and the use of wooden products vary
in different countries. The resource of forests per
capita and the use of wooden buildings is significant in
Finland and in Austria. Wooden structures are not so
common in the United Kingdom, France and the Netherlands.
Presently small round wood (dia. 8-15 cm) is used for
firewood, paper industry pulp or on limited scale as sawn
goods primarily in the countryside and yards. The purpose
of this sub-project is to seek potential and interesting
markets for the products in construction in participants
countries in the future.
The research has consisted of brainstorming sessions,
statistical data, expert interviews, literature searches
and the data banks of construction market. Every country
has done asking for potential clients. Potential quantity
calculated from Finland. TUDelft has drafted an appendix
report of realised roundwood structures.
Construction directions in Europe until 2000 seem to
increase about 2% from the level of 1995. The volume and
structure of construction have its impact on potential
demand for the products. However it's much to work if
potentials clients want to use small round wood in
The main results seem that potential markets could be
both in small buildings and large engineered structures.
It seems that the work will include :
- the development of small buildings with traditional
structural systems to be build in rural areas, including
- the development of systems for larger buildings which
could attract when combined with unique architecture,
especially leisure industry.
Larger volumes come from small buildings and simple
structures. The key buildings could be log cabins, small
storage buildings and agriculture buildings. Buildings
could be also larger architectural buildings for instance
in woodlands. In civil engineering area could develop
small bridges (footbridges, light vehicle access
brigdes), sound barriers and landscaping.
The essential material properties to small round wood
are straightness, taper, durability, strength properties
and jointing methods. Architects and structural designers
would appreciate products, which are also readily
available, standardized, slightly processed and used
locally . Treatment is also important.
Small roundwood is most often seen as a competitor of
sawn goods, but the structures could be developed with
new ideas. The product must be priced competitively and
easy to install. Now it s too little experience. Good
showcase projects and instructions promote the use of the
product since end-users and designers have to be
convinced of a product's advantages.
|Place of Publication||Espoo|
|Publisher||VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland|
|Number of pages||31|
|Publication status||Published - 1997|
|MoE publication type||Not Eligible|
|Series||VTT Tiedotteita - Meddelanden - Research Notes|
- structural timber
- wooden structures
- construction materials
- market share