Wood Construction (Holzbau) Technical Tour to Italy and Germany – November 28th to Dec 5th 2015

The Centre for Advanced Wood Processing (CAWP) at the University of British Columbia led a technical tour to Italy, Austria and Germany in November/December 2015 to visit sites that showcase innovative wood design and construction, culminating in attendance of the Holzbau Garmisch 15: International Wood Construction Conference in Bavaria.

The tour ran during the week of November 28 – December 5, 2015 and was focused on the sustainability and energy-efficiency benefits that wood can bring to contemporary construction practices in both the residential and non-residential sectors. A wide range of component manufactures and architectural projects were visited.  The tour included the following elements:

  • Meet-and-greet – evening of Saturday, November 28 in Milan, Italy
  • “Sustainable Village” a social housing project consisting of 4 nine- story buildings connected on two levels, in the district of Milan Figino
  • Moretti Group – 200,000 sq.m Campari Factory consisting of prefabricated modules as well as extensive use of curved glulam
  • Moretti production facility
  • AQUALUX Hotel & Spa on the shores of picturesque Lake Garda.  This hotel project incorporates CLT, Glulam and LVL extensively (a technical case study on this building was commissioned by Woodworks).
  • Trento Advanced Wood Research and Development Centre-  leading edge research in wood technology
  • CLT manufacturer XLAM – Dolomiti, and prefabricated building manufacturer Log Engineering
  • Rasom, a prefabricated Passive House manufacturer
  • Ligno System, a panelized wood system manufacturer
  • Rubner Holz glulam factory
  • Damiani, a prefabricated building systems manufacturer
  • Passive House Apartment Building designed by renowned architect Hermann Kaufmann (Austria)
  • Freisinger, one of the first passive house wood window manufacturers
  • Holzbau Conference, Garmisch Partenkirschen. Click on this link for the Holzbau conference agenda

Following the conference the group departed Garmisch via train for Munich, wrapping up the official tour.  An optional wrap up social was at the famous Hofbrauhaus.

UBC initiated the Wood Construction and Design Tour in 2001, and it has grown in popularity with each successive offering. A maximum participation limit of 20 people is in effect to allow building tours to be kept to a manageable size. Thanks to generous funding support from Forestry Innovation Investment the tour (including the cost of hotels, transportation, and the conference itself) can be offered to BC members of the wood manufacturing communities at reduced rates. Participants must make their own flight arrangements.  If you would like to know more about technical tours offered by CAWP please email: cawp@cawp.ubc.ca or call Jason Chiu at 604 822-0082. 2016 Tour Information can be found here.