Building the future - Engineered Wood Products


A new COFORD publication - Engineered Wood Products in Ireland - edited by Bill Robinson, was launched on 27 March 2008 by Minister Mary Wallace, TD, Minister for Forestry at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.

Engineered Wood Products (EWPs) - such as I-joists and glulam - are manufactured from solid timber and board products for structural applications. As they have known strength properties, they lend themselves to a wide range of domestic and multistorey construction applications.

They provide an environmentally sustainable approach to building and the ability to address climate change by providing a carbon store over a long period of years.

The COFORD report outlines the growing market share that engineered wood products command and provides a valuable starting point for companies looking at the EWP market. Companies considering the manufacture of EWPs will, of course, have to consider and investigate the issues discussed in the report in more detail - particular types of EWP, the size of any investment, whether it should be for the Irish market or for a wider European market, the availability and size of the feedstock, etc.

However, the report will be their starting point in considering these issues in depth.

Michael Lynn, COFORD Chairman, stated - “We must, of course, be mindful of the trends in building practice and particularly in the energy performance of buildings. The government’s policies of reducing the level of fossil fuel use and CO2 emissions can only be good for wood products in general and EWPs should have their place in this positive outlook.”

To download the report - Click Here