Potential for the Future– and in a Museum, Too? Yes! Wood, a multi-talent, is charting new paths.

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03. January 2012 | Until 5 February 2012, the architecture museum of the “Pinakothek der Moderne” in Munich is presenting a major exhibition titled “Building with Timber – Paths into the Future” in cooperation with the Department of Timber Construction of Munich Technical University.

Wood, a multi-talent, unites nature and technology

The United Nations declared 2011 as the “International Year of Forests”. Its overriding goal is to increase awareness and knowledge of sustainable conservation and management of forests of all kinds in the interests of present and future generations. To help celebrate this special year, the Architectural Museum of the “Pinakothek der Moderne” in Munich has joined forces with the Department of Timber Construction of Munich Technical University to launch a major exhibition called “Building with Timber – Paths into the Future” that illustrates the technical, economic and design potentials of wood. As a “multi-talent”, a renewable resource and a modern material, wood merges the aspects of nature and technology. It is materialised solar energy, a carbon sink and a universal material for building and other applications.

Since the 1970s, there has been growing global awareness of the need to conserve resources and abide by ecological principles – also in construction. New ways of thinking and research have driven enormous advances in connection with fire protection and acoustic insulation for timber buildings. Computer-assisted calculation and digital production methods have opened up entirely new perspectives for building with wood and wood-based materials. The exhibition in Munich intentionally excludes the well-established timber construction applications of single-family detached homes and holiday homes. Instead, it presents some already-implemented designs such as an eight-storey residential and commercial building in Bad Aibling (by Schankula Architekten) and a seven-storey residential building in Berlin (by Kaden Klingbeil), both of which demonstrate that wood can definitely also play a role in urban environments. Another example is a 20-storey office building that, as the “LifeCycle Tower” project, is about to prove that high-rise construction is also possible with wood.
In an accompanying publication, nine prominent experts analyse the ecological significance, technological potential and new aesthetics of this traditional building material. A host of examples from different countries illustrate the new digital production methods and architectural variety of modern timber constructions, from low-energy houses and wide-span supporting structures all the way to high-rise construction. More information, also on the programme of additional activities (a lecture and a symposium), can be found at www.architekturmuseum.de.

Innovative competence in wood-based materials opens up new paths

Only modern wood-based materials such as OSB boards and wood-fibre insulation have the functional properties required to blaze new trails in construction. These innovative products, which have a long tradition at KRONOPLY, are what laid the groundwork for a new era of timber construction. One such innovation is the production of officially approved KRONOPLY OSB in boards 15 metres long. Having invested in a long board stacker at its Heiligengrabe production site, the SWISS KRONO GROUP is the only company now producing OSB boards up to 15 metres long. The latest new OSB development is flame-resistant KRONOPLY OSB SF-B, which has also been approved by the building authorities. KRONOPLY is the only OSB manufacturer offering a wood-based product that integrated outstanding protection from fire. The pioneering work done by the staff of the German site of the SWISS KRONO GROUP to enable environmentally friendly, safe building with KRONOPLY OSB has provided the crucial impetus for many future-proof timber construction applications.

You’ll find comprehensive information on the innovative possibilities of building with KRONOPLY OSB under Products and also in our new full-line catalogue, which is available for downloading free of charge under Services / Advertising Materials / Brochures.

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