Before COST FP1303

In recent years, there has been a considerable drive towards the use of bio-based building materials. In 2011, discussions were held over the need for a new COST Action addressing performance issues, drawing on some of the knowledge and expertise developed across several previous Actions, including:

COST E2: Wood durability (1994 – 1999)
COST E5: Timber frame building systems (1996 – 2000)
COST E8: Mechanical performance of wood and wood products (1996 – 2000)
COST E13: Wood adhesion and glued products (1998 – 2002)
COST E22: Environmental optimisation of wood protection (1999 – 2004)
COST E29: Innovative Timber & Composite Elements/Components for Buildings (2002 – 2007)
COST E34: Bonding of Timber (2004 – 2008)
COST E37: Sustainability Through New Technologies for Enhanced Wood Durability (2004 – 2008)
COST E49: Processes and Performance of Wood-based Panels (2005 – 2009)
COST E55: Modelling of the performance of timber structures (2006 – 2011)
COST FP0904: Thermo-Hydro-Mechanical Wood Behaviour and Processing (2010 – 2014)

Outcomes of COST FP1303

Since the start of the Action in 2013, the Action has attracted a lot of attention all over Europe, as shown by the initial 19 countries at the start of the Action increasing to 29 by the time of its end. This interest is also clear from the more than 260 participants in activities, either as presenters, trainers and trainees, students or attendees of events. Over the 4 years of the Action, there were:


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