BarkBuild – Tree bark as a renewable source of wood protection materials for building applications

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Project execution time

01.03.2022 to 28.02.2025

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Project manager

Jānis Rižikovs

Involved laboratories

Biorefinery laboratory

Call, activity

ERA-NET Cofund ForestValue

Cooperation partners

To cover all the competences BarkBuild is a collaboration of partners from six European countries:

Stockholm University, Sweden (coordinator);

VTT, Finland;

NIBIO, Norway;

LSIWC, Latvia;

InnoRenew CoE, Slovenia;

WULS, Poland.

In addition, we have a privilege to receive guidance from an Industrial Advisory Board:

JSC Latvijas Finieris, Latvia;

Koskisen Oy, Finland;

Lumir Oy, Finland;

Holmen, Sweden.

Project goal

BarkBuild is an European project under the umbrella of ForestValue ERA-NET programme. The purpose of the project is to develop new wood protection and building materials based on industrially available tree bark waste. Biorefinery Laboratory of the Latvian State Institute of Wood Chemistry will share its experience in relation to the processing of birch outer bark, in order to look for the possibilities of using intermediate products of the process in wood-based composites, wood impregnation or coating systems required for building applications.

Financial support from “BarkBuild – Tree bark as a renewable source of wood protection materials for building applications” (Vinnova (2021-05015) within ERA-NET Cofund Action “ForestValue – Innovating the forest-based bioeconomy”). Project BarkBuild is supported under the umbrella of ERA-NET Cofund ForestValue by Vinnova (Sweden), Valsts izglītības attīstības aģentūra (Latvia), Ministry of Education, Science and Sport (MIZS) (Slovenia), Academy of Finland, The Research Council of Norway, and National Science Centre, Poland. ForestValue has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N° 773324.

The implementation of the project: from March 1, 2022 to February 28, 2025..

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