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Innovative "green wood treatment" to achieve Risk Class4 protection

Objective

In Western Europe, there is a growing interest and market for wood construction since timber is available and consumers are attracted by the environmentally-friendly image and advantages of wood. While traditional construction is mainly led by big companies manufacturing concrete, sawn-wood activity is most favourable to the development of SMEs along the whole "forest-wood chain". Yet, there are many barriers to overcome to make wood competitive and adopted by a larger amount of consumers. One of them is the deterioration of the material when exposed to outdoor conditions requiring protection with special treatments.

These treatments include biocides (formerly known as non-agricultural pesticides) used to destroy and exert a controlling effect on any harmful organism by chemical or biological means. They are still widely used in most of the countries, but the tendency in the future is to control their use. Currently, the highest level of biological protection, Class Risk 4 can be reached only with treatments that inject in the wood toxic products such as creosote, pentachlorophenol or hydrosoluble salts.

The project will provide the wood industry with an innovative, safe and efficient solution for the in depth protection of wood against biological predators by using a green chemical process applicable by the SMEs without risks. This solution, completed with a surface coating, will satisfy Risk Class 4 protection and provide a new scientific base for the application of the European Directives controlling and reducing the use of chemical compounds that are toxic to humans, animals and the environment.

Hence, over a thousand SMEs from several European countries (Spain, France, Lithuania, Estonia, Sweden and Romania) members of the six IAGs of the consortium will be able to activate their competitiveness, and to improve health and safety at work.

Call for proposal

FP6-2003-SME-2
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Funding Scheme

Collective - SMEs-Collective research projects

Coordinator

INSTITUT NATIONAL POLYTECHNIQUE DE TOULOUSE
Address
Allée Emile Monso, 6
Toulouse
France

Participants (16)

CIDEMCO-CENTRO DE INVESTIGACION TECNOLOGICA
Spain
Address
Barrio Lasao, Area Anardi 5
Azpeitia
ORGANISATION COMMERCIALE DU BOIS FRANCAIS
France
Address
Roc De La Plaine
Planioles
EESTI METSATOOSTUSE LIIT
Estonia
Address
Viljandi Mnt 18A
Tallinn
LIETUVOS MEDIENOS PRAMONES IMUNIU ASOCIACIJA
Lithuania
Address
Savanoriu Pr. 178
Vilnius
ARBIO AKTIEBOLAG
Sweden
Address
Sveavagen 13
Stockholm
ASOCIATIEI FORESTIERILOR DIN ROMANIA
Romania
Address
46 A Soseaua Pipera Str
Bucharest 2
ASOCIACION PROFESIONAL DE CARPINTERIAS, EBANISTERIAS, TAPICERIAS, FABRICANTES Y COMERCIA DE MUEBLES DE ASTURIAS
Spain
Address
Parque Tecnologico De Asturias, Centroelena 45 2°D
Llanera (Asturias)
INDUSTRIAS QUIMICAS IRURENA SA
Spain
Address
Ctra. Tolosa S/n
Azpeitia ( Guipuzcua)
FACTORY FURNITURE LTD
United Kingdom
Address
The Stableyard, Coleshill
Swindon
SARL OLEOBOIS
France
Address
361 Rue Jean François Breton
Montpellier
BOIS DU ROUERGUE
France
Address

Pont De Salars
TRATAMIENTOS MADERA HOL-ATZ SL
Spain
Address
Poligono Urtaki - Atc 30
Aduna (Guipuzcoa)
MANUFACTURE LIMOUSINE DE CLOTURES
France
Address

Coussac-bonneval
APROVECHAMIENTOS MADEREROS Y TRATAMIENTOS PARA EXTERIORES SA
Spain
Address
Poligono Industrial La Nava, N-234
Cabreras Del Pinar (Soria)
CARPINTERIA DEL BIDASOA LAISTER SLL
Spain
Address
Poligono Arretxe Ugalde. C/ Lekumberri 1
Irun (Guipuzcoa)
CONAGUA 2000 SL
Spain
Address
General Ricardos, 89
Madrid