Title: Sustainable Wood Value Chains for construction of low-carbon Multi-Storey Buildings from Renewable Resources
Funding: Horizon 2020 | LC-RUR-11-2019-2020
Lead Applicant: Teknologisk Institut (Danish Institute of Technology)
Duration: 48 months (September 2019 – August 2023)
Website: Build-in-Wood 

To meet the global and European challenges of reducing the GHG emissions from the construction sector, Build-in-Wood strives to make wood a natural choice and competitive building material. The project develops a fully documented, demonstrated, and cost-effective wood-based building system for multi-storey buildings fit for both new construction and retrofitting.

The 10 million € project is supported by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no 862820.

The consortium consists of 21 partners, with the Danish Technological Institute as coordinator, and represents key European and International players from the entire building industry value chain. The partners see a huge potential and a strong need for development, demonstration, standardisation and documentation of building systems for multi-storey wood buildings, to lower the perceived higher risk of wood construction projects. The project also involves end users, politicians, and active engagement of selected European cities to increase awareness and acceptance of wood as a building material.

Several barriers hinder the spread of multi-storey wood construction projects in Europe and beyond. Build-in-Wood will address these challenges by achieving beyond state-of-the-art development of materials and components as well as structural systems and façade elements for multi-storey wood buildings fit for both new construction and retrofitting. The developments will be delivered open access to all stakeholders by means of a dynamic co-created web-based building configurator – the Design Guide – and a complimentary web-based toolbox of documented materials and components.


  • To make wood a natural choice of building material for the construction of multi-storey buildings
  • To decrease GHG-emissions of the European building sector
  • To establish an innovative and sustainable European value chain for multi-storey wood buildings
  • To improve the connection between rural and urban areas and to contribute to sustainable urbanisation
  • To increase productivity of the European building sector

The main role of URBASOFIA, as Stakeholder invovement coordinator in 6 Build-in-Wood Early Adopter cities across the EU, is that of crystallizing and activating a wide community of practice at European level. Our main aim is to support adaptation, testing and co-developing the Build-in-Wood technologies, building scenarios of large-scale upscaling and use for wide deployment, specifically for facilitating flexible, sustainable and cost-effective building replacement and retrofitting.

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