The 2nd Symposium about wood construction happened in August, 2014 in Curitiba, Brazil.
Not only wood research associations and companies who work with this raw material in ‘clean constructions’ way, but also researchers, professors, professionals and students from Architecture, Wood and Forest Engineer were there to discuss the necessary change of this actual Brazilian scenery about wood constructions.
Why is so difficult to build a wood’s house in Brazil? The actually politics in the country don’t contributed for the development on the wood construction sector. Banks don’t finances this tippy of construction, because of the old legend that wood is flammable or just don’t have the characteristics of a durable material. The architects complain that they don’t know where to find uniform structural components of wood in the market. The preoccupation with certification (FSC) is knew but the lumber dealer doesn’t establish regular sizes because sometimes don’t even know exactly what the market want.
A forest student said: “We just care about how fast our eucalyptus and pinus grow. Brazil has about 1,4% (ABIMCI) from the hole extension with reforesting. That is a shame for a huge country like us, we need to argue with our politics to ask for incentives that really will bring good wood materials, not only energy and paper but also raw material for constructions.“ In Brazil, people usually see that houses made of wood are just for poor people and also think that just masonry houses could resist forever, even they now that is not true.
This cultural barrier had changed, and in south of Brazil the firsts real estate venture made by “clean construction” that uses wood, were financed. Techniques as “Wood Frame” as the Brazilian Tec Verde build, and “Glued Laminated Timber” are not yet extended used, not just about the price, but also for missing information.
The discussion incentive professionals from this sector to know each order, as well as to provide a network between university, companies and community.
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