TU&M – Timber Use and Maintain

Project Overview:

The research project is being carried out by an interdisciplinary consortium of research and industry partners. Starting with investigations at the building level, the flexibility of use and adaptability of circular timber panel construction methods will be evaluated. At the component level, component connections are examined with the aim of dismantling and separability of the component layers down to the material level. On the material level, the cascade utilization of solid wood is the focus of the qualitative and quantitative evaluations. The characterization of the utilization options of the used wood on the material level contributes to the fact that the used wood can actually be supplied to a high-quality cascade utilization after the deconstruction of the cycle-appropriate construction. A holistic view across all levels allows the integration of digital technologies for the development of a digital material passport, with the aim of documenting and tracking components, connections and deconstruction options. On the basis of life cycle analyses, the evaluation of the ecological and economic effects is carried out in addition to the technical and material-scientific assessment. The investigation of innovative economic concepts from the circular economy, such as leasing or sharing models, round off the joint project, with a look into the future of modern timber construction.


Research Chair of Architectural Informatics

WP5: Blockchainßbased material passport

The goal of WP 5 is the conception and prototypical implementation of digital methods for circular construction for decision support for the construction industry, waste management, and the capital market to build an effective value network. The coupling of materials on the blockchain (smart contracts, tokens) and the representation of life cycle assessment (LCA) data are the focus of WP 5. Users can uniquely assign access rights to data on the blockchain, thus ensuring decentralized and tamper-proof data exchange. Synergy effects between the research group and the industrial partners will be used to leverage established Industrie 4.0 standards and combine them with LCA benchmarks in a material passport. New methods in this specific context will be developed and published as part of this collaboration.

Project Team Jakob Fellner M.Sc.