Woorise Alliance

On September 14, 2017, during the first world congress on midrise and tall wood buildingssix Research and Innovations centers collectively referred to as the “Signatories” of the Multilateral Co-operation Memorandum for the International Development of Wood and Bio-Sourced Material Usage for the Construction or Renovation of Zero-Carbon, Efficient and Resilient Buildings.

Here is the list of the Six Research and innovations centers :

• Institito de Pesquisas Tecnológicas (Brésil)
• FPInnovations (Canada)
• VTT (Finlande)
• Institut Technologique FCBA (France)
• Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment (France)
• Lignum (Confédération Suisse)

The first Alliance meeting, held on Friday October 12, 2018 in Bordeaux, France, marked the entrance of new members within the Woodrise International Alliance. On this occasion, 25 participants from 10 countries met to prepare and launch the international roadmap on midrise and tall wood building

List of the 10 institutes that joined the Alliance in 2018:

· BFH (Suisse) / (Switzerland)

· RISE (Suède) / (Sweden)

· TECNALIA (Espagne) / (Spain)

· INNORENEW (Slovénie) / (Slovenia)

· TUM (Allemagne) / (Germany)

· Université de Bordeaux (France) / Bordeaux University (France)

· CEI-Bois (Europe)

· EOS-OES (Europe)

· InnovaWood (Europe)

· Université Tongji (Chine) Tongji University (China)

Click here to read the official press release (French version only)

Woodrise Paper

Designed under the sponsorship of the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GABC), an alliance launched during the “Building Day” of the COP21 with a secretariat provided by UN Environment, the Woodrise Paper compares the opinions of experts of all disciplines from 6 voluntary countries of the alliance: Canada, France, Finland, Brazil, Switzerland, and Japan. It is mainly intended for decision-makers – and wood enthusiasts – all over the world, and spread the word about good practices.

This Paper presents an unseen report on these different practices, through thematic focuses that show pertinent initiatives, often commented by those who have observed or carried them out. Interviews with experts and actors from the 6 countries have supplemented the paper with the sectors’ major innovations, latest trends and hindrances, as well as the environmental aspects and the sustainable management of forests.

This Paper is a manifesto for wood construction. It is based upon reliable and documented figures. It forms the first international benchmark on situations and policies concerning wood construction. As such, it will fuel decision-makers and key stakeholders with fresh ideas, providing new tools to guide their actions.

This Paper initiates a tighter collaboration between the countries, stemming from the technological institutes supporting the project: BRI in Japan, CEDOTEC in Switzerland, FPInnovations in Canada, IPT in Brazil, VTT in Finland, FCBA in France. It is, and will remain, a work in progress, constantly, updated with worldwide inputs. Its starting point: the Woodrise Congress, first international congress on wood construction, held in Bordeaux, 12-14 September 2017.