Innovative wood construction and materials at the ETH house of natural resources
ETH Zurich (Switzerland)
At ETH Zurich a pilot building, named ETH House of Natural Resources, has been designed, which will be used as an office building and additionally will serve as a showcase building for sustainable and reliable timber construction and innovative wood materials. In terms of construction, two innovative structural systems, a post-tensioned timber frame and a composite beech LVL concrete floor have been utilized. In terms of wood materials, autonomously deforming wood elements that perform as solar trackers as well as wood facade elements with UV protective and water-repellent coatings are developed. The activities are supported by Climate KIC in the framework of the Building Technologies Accelerator Flagship program. The minisysmposium will introduce the project to the Timber Engineering Community and will address multiple innovation aspects, such as advanced functional wood materials, the use of beech for structural elements, the implementation of permanent sensor networks as well as in-situ tests at different construction stages.
Submit an abstract to this mini-symposium here.