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WINTHERWAX Report Summary

Project ID: 666206

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - WINTHERWAX (WINdow based on THERmally modified wood with high performance WAX coating)

Reporting period: 2015-03-01 to 2016-01-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

WINTHERWAX project is dedicated to the development and market introduction of high efficient timber window made of thermally modified spruce coated with naturally based wax. High energy efficiency contributes to the reduction of CO2 emissions whereas the selection of innovative, natural and European materials is raising the potential for European economy. WINTHERWAX window as well as façade elements will be extensively tested in different natural environments and artificial extreme climatic conditions. With gained results WINTHERWAX products could be properly used all around the world in future.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

In the first period of WINTHERWAX project there was a lot of technical work performed to prepare everything for successful implementation of tests. 5 test cubes with installed 3 windows, 1 door and more than 300 façade elements were developed, produced and sent to final locations in Slovenia, Germany, Sweden and Spain. Prototype chamber for accelerated ageing tests was developed and built to simulate the lifetime of exposed windows and façade elements of several years. Several thousand specimens were additional prepared for tests in controlled conditions to analyse correlations between results of laboratory and field tests. Beside extensive technical work there was a lot of dissemination and communication activities performed. WINTHERWAX project and products were already presented at several international fairs, conferences and public events. There was also plan made for even more extensive dissemination plan in second part of the project to implement WINTHERWAX products on the market after the end of the project as successful as possible.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

It is expected that WINTHERWAX window and Silvapro® thermally modified wood and Silvacera® wax separately will be successfully implemented on the market immediately after the end of the project or even sooner. Production of products will be developed and prepared for massive production. Each separate material as well as WINTHERWAX window will promote the use of naturally based materials, high energy efficient and top quality timber windows and use of European wood species. This will have an impact on European economy and way of thinking as well as on environmental awareness of people.

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Record Number: 186620 / Last updated on: 2016-07-14