¿WHAT IS THE CFFC?
It is the 1st TIMBER CONSTRUCTION CONGRESS & FESTIVAL
Society is turning towards sustainability and local products. Wood is no exception.
1_¿WHY THIS CONGRESS?
Interest in sustainable building and timber construction is creating a growing trend in architecture, interior design, construction and material production professionals, as in society in general.
Against climate change (April 2015), the Agreement intends to limit global warming to two degrees Celsius and demands efforts to “cut energy consumption down by 1.5”.
EUROPEAN STRATEGY 20/20/20
Intends to bring Europe to the path of a sustainable future, with an economy which will generate few carbon emissions and consume less energy and resources. As of 1990, the EU accords to achieve this goal are:
- Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20% (30% if an international accord is reached).
- Reduce energy consumption by 20% through a higher energy efficiency, and also, to cover 10% transport necessities with biofuels.
- Promote renewable energies up to 20%.
CATALAN STRATEGY FOR BUILDING ENERGY RENOVATION (ECREE)
The Catalan government agreed upon the ECREE on the 25th February 2014. The ECREE, which brings together work developed previously by the MARIE Project, with previous efforts by the government, organizations and associations to develop the contents of the accords of Construmat 2013 and the Organization Forum (to which the Guild GREMI FUSTA I MOBLE belongs).
Throughout the last century we have not had any reason to question steel and concrete as the essential structural materials in large scale buildings. However, we have arrived to a special moment in history, where climate change is bringing about new environmental regulations which are imposed upon the building sector and bringing to question the way we have constructed until now.
Constructive solutions in timber have the potential to revolutionize the building industry through high quality sustainable development, generating wealth and local economy, helping to minimize climate change.
WOOD AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Wood is a renewable and undepletable resource, when correctly managed.
- Wood alleviates climate change, absorbing atmospheric CO2 in its interior.
- It is produced using sunlight, with no fossil fuel consumption.
- Its residues are biodegradable, with no environmental impact.
- Wood may be reused and recycled widely, and at the end of its life cycle produces clean energy.
- Forests control soil erosion and contribute to the water cycle.
THE WOOD CYCLE
From the moment a tree is born in the forest, it absorbs CO2 and generates O2. It creates an ecosystem with a high landscape and biological value.
Forest exploitation and management contribute to a sustainable development and maintenance of resources and ecosystems, promoting local and rural development. It keeps forests clean, reducing the risk of fire.
The material which the forest provides is a local produce. Its transformation requires very little energy, and its applications are uncountable.
WOOD AS A MATERIAL
- It is lightweight and strong; it is the construction material which reacts better to fire.
- It offers excellent physical properties: thermal insulation, acoustic and electric insulation...
- It resists aggressive, salty and corrosive environments.
- It promotes design, innovation and improves production and regard of nature.
WOOD IN CONSTRUCTION
-Wood allows prefabrication and modular construction, developing most of the work in the workshop and greatly reducing the building process on site.
- It helps regulate indoor humidity levels.
- It generates comfortable, warm and friendly spaces, with a very low weight.
- It responds exceptionally well to fire.
- Wood buildings may last hundreds of years.
- It allows saving energy in all phases of the construction process.
“The XIXth century was the century of metal; the XXth that of concrete and the XXIst will be all for engineering in wood”.
Alex de Rijke, arquitect
To bring together current knowledge on sustainable construction in timber, with the growing demand for this technology, at a professional level and a social level.
WOOD IS HUMAN HISTORY AND A PROMISING FUTURE
Without wood, you and I would not be here. We would probably still be in the Paleolithic...
Fire to cook or to cast metals would not have been possible, we would not have developed agriculture or navigation, there would be no art, or great constructions.
Wood has been with us throughout human history as the most honest material. Texture, color, warmth, controllable evolution... wood remains alive every time we touch it with our hands. Wood is felt, is smelt, it allows good memories, and connects our most ancient tradition with the most sustainable future.
Against global climate change, more wood! Hundred per cent recyclable. The forest produces O2 and wood stores CO2 and creates energy balance in its fabrication and use as main construction material. To improve social conducts of positive bonding and respect towards nature, cooperation is a necessity.
COOPERATION AND CLUSTERING
We work together to achieve complex projects, creating value systems with various sectors. The cooperation of different actors in a same project is the best way to innovate.
INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY
We look to the past to imagine our future. Wood allows the most simple and classical of treatments to the most sophisticate uses. The path to creativity associated to wood continues with the eagerness of the people who innovate, design and invent new applications for wood, or in the hands of woodworkers who craft every day.
WORK AND BUSINESS
Wood and the uncountable jobs linked to its production, transformation, distribution, placement, design, education, maintenance, restoration, etc., are the main available resources to activate occupation in our country. We are working to develop the CONSTA SEAL, a registry of companies engaged with good commercial practice and legal and transparent occupation. Wood enables an ample margin for business development and jobs in our territory in the near future.
We work for Catalan Km0 Wood (local, traceable and sustainable). 67% of the Catalan territory is forest of every quality, use and possibility. In the last 10 years, the forests of Catalonia have grown 7%, and still expanding. The forests which are not adequately managed are the most likely to stage a forest fire. The whole of society and people living from wood must be informed and provided of this knowledge, offering a quality and upgraded education.
Young apprentices who will soon become great specialists. Excellent professionals who gather and conduct the talent of young people who want to work with wood in its multiple applications and possibilities. Between experience and creativity. Professional education and continued training, with the recognition of the high competence of the professionals in our country are part of the strategy to promote a good future in the wood sector.