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Our research work about the state of reuse of wood today showed that in Sweden there is very little wood reused. 

Most of it is chipped and used as fuel in district heating plants. There is a demand for such chipped wood and therefore it is part of a well established waste handling system.

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Sorting of materials at demolition sites is a requirement by law and there is little landfill waste in Sweden. Plastics, metals, gypsum boards, concrete are recycled for a second life but not wood. 

There is need for a strategy to reuse at least some of the structural wood. The challenge of construction wood reuse is similar in Finland.

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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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