The European Commission’s New European Bauhaus calls for a creative, interdisciplinary, novel movement embedded in society to imagine a sustainable future together and to engage on a transformative path towards affordable and beautiful living spaces in urban and rural environments. A key step is the transformation of the building sector into a circular model that can also counteract the escalating climate crisis. This transformation requires prioritised research in the use of organic materials in buildings.
The Wood4Bauhaus Alliance’s main objective is to shape a better and sustainable future with beautiful, healthy and inclusive living, working, and learning spaces as part of a sustainable, low carbon-built environment. Our platform shall foster an open, long-term dialogue with all interested stakeholders and help share good practices related to the Circular Economy and Green Buildings.
The Wood4Bauhaus Alliance will hold a Reflections event on 12-13 June 2022 in Slovenia, following the New European Bauhaus high-level conference “Rebuilding the future for people and planet: a new Bauhaus initiative”, where participants will be invited to discuss future innovation needs and ways to connect industry, science and policy makers.
The Alliance goal is to inspire as many actors as possible to co-create and develop contributions to the New European Bauhaus from European to regional and local level, all in the common interest to advance and exploit as much as possible nature-based materials, innovative building systems and smart solutions to mitigate climate harm and benefit European citizens. The Alliance will therefore:
- Encourage research and innovation for novel, innovative uses of wood in the built environment.
- Foster new collaborations and co-creation between different stakeholders across disciplines, sectors, and society.
- Facilitate knowledge sharing and skills development towards future generations.
About the Alliance
The Alliance confirming these policy recommendations comprises the following partners:
- InnovaWood is the European network for wood science, research, innovation and education with 60+ member organisations in 28 countries, including RTOs, universities, VET centres and cluster organisations.
- The European Confederation of Woodworking Industries (CEI-Bois) is an umbrella organisation of 21 European and national organisations from 15 countries backing the interests of the whole wood sector.
- The European Panel Federation (EPF) represents 100,000 direct jobs in wood-based panel manufacturing and furniture in 32 countries.
- The European Organisation of the Sawmill Industry (EOS) represents 35,000 sawmills in 12 countries.
- The European Federation of Building and Woodworkers (EFBWW) is the European Trade Union Federation grouping 76 national free trade unions from 34 countries with members in the building, building materials, woodworking, forestry and allied industries and trades.
- InnoRenew Center of Excellence is a new research centre in Slovenia focused on sustainable construction with renewable materials.
- Bauhaus der Erde gGmbH is a non-profit think-tank with the objective to transform the built environment so that humans may live in harmony with the Earth’s natural systems by reinventing the original Bauhaus concept to meet this pivotal historic challenge.
- BASAJAUN project fosters sustainable wood construction chains from forest harvesting to final buildings and Circular Economy solutions in the sector. It has received funding from the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 862942. InnoRenew was founded with support from H2020 Widespread-2-Teaming grant no. 739574.