New Publication on Austrian Timber Stock

Our project partners from BOKU university in Austria successfully pubslished an article in the Resources, Conseravtion and Recycling Journal on the amount of recovered timber from Austrain residential buildings. The article is currently in press and can be found online:

Summer School 2016 on wood cascading: Call for participation

Get in contact with other students across Europe working on questions related to the cascading of wooden biomass during our Summer School 2016 on Cascading Recovered Wood, organized within the CaReWood project. The Summer School will take place at the BOKU university in Tulln, Austria from August 25th to 28th 2016.

The call for participation as well as all the information on the program, can be found on our website:

We are looking forward to meeting you in August!


Another example for th use of recovered window frames from MSora

MSora used old windows and residuals from the production of timber windows for animal houses. One of the most noticeable TV shows “Prava ideja” – something like “Right idea” presented MSora as main guest in one of their latest shows.

The clip can be found here:

For the full episode of “Prava ideja”, click here:

The clips are only available in Slovenian language.

Timber Window “ReWin” – MSora wins prize for the first timber window from recycled window scantlings

MSoraProject partner MSora, a window maker in Slovenia, was honored for their timber window “ReWin” at the 10th Slovenian Innovation Forum 2015! We already wrote about the window last year.”ReWin” is fully made of recycled window scantlings. Some of them were 50 years old. It is – as far as we know- the first of its kind. We hope that the window is soon ready for the market. We will keep you updated on the window’s story.

“ReWin”s success is a great example on how ideas and results from research are directly transfered to industry. It shows how important the cooperation of both, industry and research is and how both sides can profit from each other. It is a great motivation to continue the own work. Our congratulations to MSora!

More information on the success story can be found under this link to a pdf from the Wood Wisdom website. A photograph of the window can be found on the Innovation Forum website.


3rd General Assembly in Nantes, France

In mid November 2015, the CaReWood consortium held its 3rd General Assembly at École Supérieure du Bois in Nantes, France. On the first day, the partners enjoyed a guided tour through the labs of ESB. The second half of the day was used for project work in work package meetings. The GA was held on the second day with fruitful discussions pushing forward the work on the project. Thank you ESB for hosting us!

3rd GA Nantes 1 3rd GA Nantes 2


2nd General Assembly in Koper, Slovenia

On May 6th and 7th, the CaReWood consortium met in the historic heart of the city of Koper for their 2nd General Assembly.The Slovenian partners arranged a fantastic two days meeting, including a visit to the window manufacturing at MSora and a guided tour through the historic city of Piran.

On May 8th, the CaReWood project was presented during a conference on currently ongoing WoodWisdom research projects in Slovenia, organized by the Slovenian Ministry and our project partner IAM.

People Behind the Project – 07/15: Erwin Salzger

This month, one of our Master students from BOKU, Austria, answers our questionnaire.

ErwinSalzgerWhat is your task in the project?

I am writing a “Design for Disassembly” guideline, which should help designers and developers of wood windows making their products easier to reuse and recycle. The guideline contains ideas and approaches how to improve products to prevent fast downcycling, as the wood used for windows is of very high quality.

What motivates you to work on the project?

Problems with waste, energy and resources are some of the big challenges of our time. I think that a cascading use is very intelligent, and it has a high potential to combat these problems. To implement the theory into economy and to make it profitable is the important step to really change something.

If a fairy granted you a wish related to CaReWood, what would it be?

That the outcomes and results of our work will find their way into practice and economy.

Wood is a material with several advantages. What would make it better?

If it could be (heat) formed without destroying the structure.

Tell us about your education.

After secondary school I attended a technical school for business management and wood industry for five years in Kuchl. Then I came to Vienna to study “Wood Technology” at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, where I am currently at the end of my master.

Which person do you most admire?

Reinhard Mey

What is your greatest extravagance?

My impatience… :-)

Windows 2015

Great results from MSora: These windows were fully made of recovered timber from old window frames. Both, the inner larch and the outer meranti wood were disassembled, cleaned and checked for remaining wood preservatives and finally jointed again. They did well in the production process at MSora. Now let’s see how they perform as windows in a second life.

You can see the windows live at the upcoming conference at MSora “CaRe for Wood” on May 6th or on the LIGNA fair in Hannover May 11th-15th 2015.

waste wood windows

© MSora 2015

“CaRe for Wood” conference – Invitation!

As part of the CaReWood-Project, MSora, the University of Primorska and the Slovenian Ministry of education, science and sport organized a conference for architects, civil engineers, building designers and other interested members of the public about the effective use of recovered timber.

The conference takes place at MSora on Wednesday, May 5th, 2015 starting at 14:00 h. Entrance is free.

For more information about the program, click on our Flyer

We are looking forward welcoming you at MSora!

CaReWood members attend European Resources Forum

Two members from the CaReWood-Consortium (TUM and PTS) attended the European Resources Forum on November 10th-11. 2014 as well as the National Resources Forum on November 12th 2014 in Berlin. As part of the Work Package 5, CaReWood wants to develop methods to assess the resource efficiency of cascading processes. Both events were a good opportunity to get state-of-the-art information on resource policy and research and get in contact with other scientists to set a foot in the world of managing our scarce resources. Concluding, there is still a long way ahead of us until there are reliable methods to assess resource efficiency in all its complexity on product level.

More information on the European Resources Forum can be found on their website or the student’s blog. The next European Resource Forum will be in 2016, the first austrian resources forum will be in January, 21st and 22nd 2015 (in german).