Astur-Araba S.L. (info@asturaraba.com), a company from the Basque Country, Spain, dedicated to recover and reuse timber from demolition is currently collaborating with the InFutUReWood’s Spanish partner, Timber Construction Research Group from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM).

A demolition site in Mendiola (Vitoria) conducting by Astur-Araba was visited last February. The building was around 200 years old. The building area was is 566 m2 divided in house and hayloft. It was a traditional post-and-beam construction using masonry loading-bearing wall facades and an internal post-and-beam oak timber structure (Fig. 1 and 2).

The reason for demolition is the construction of new semidetached houses. The site is only four kilometers from the city of Vitoria and nowadays is a residential area.

Demolition was carried out in three phases:

1st Timber planks from floors in good condition were removed by hand (Fig. 3).

2nd The building structure was dismantled using a truck with an incorporated crane for forestry purposes, segregating timber from debris (Fig. 4 and 5). Timber in good condition (Fig. 6) is directly segregated from rotten or broken timber.

3rd Debris was segregated on the ground in different skips (Fig. 7).

Astur-Araba kindly supplied us timber from this demolition free of change for the experimental purposes of the InFutUReWood project.

Fig. 1 Building before demolition

Fig. 2 Timber structure

Fig. 3 Recovered floor timber planks

Fig. 4 Demolition of roof structure

Fig. 5 Recovered beam

Fig. 6 Recovered timber

Fig. 7 Debris segregated by material in skips (source: Jorge Astur-Araba)

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Acknowledgement: Project InFutUReWood is supported under the umbrella of ERA-NET Cofund ForestValue by Vinnova – Sweden's Innovation Agency, the Forestry Commissioners for the UK, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine for Ireland, the Ministry of the Environment for Finland, the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture through the Agency for Renewable Resources for Germany, the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities for Spain, the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport for Slovenia.

Project InFutUReWood is supported under the umbrella of ERA-NET Cofund ForestValue

ForestValue has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N° 773324.

Acknowledgement: Project InFutUReWood is supported under the umbrella of ERA-NET Cofund ForestValue by Vinnova – Sweden's Innovation Agency, Formas, Swedish Energy Agency, the Forestry Commissioners for the UK, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine for Ireland, the Ministry of the Environment for Finland, the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture through the Agency for Renewable Resources for Germany, the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities for Spain, the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport for Slovenia.

Project InFutUReWood is supported under the umbrella of ERA-NET Cofund ForestValue

ForestValue has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N° 773324.

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