Applications for seminars Wood protection

On 30 March and 7 April 2022, the Timber Research Institute will hold a one-day seminar on Wood Protection in the Materials and Product Testing Room in Březnice (attendance only). It is intended for professionals who are involved in wood structure condition surveys, protection and remediation.

Seminar programme

Biotic wood pests, fungi, moulds, insects

Structural wood protection and remediation of infested elements

Principles of chemical protection of wood against pests

Technological procedures for wood protection

Overview and characteristics of chemical wood preservatives

Seminar and webinar Special use of wood in historical buildings

The Society for Technology and Preservation of Historic Places, STOP, is hosting a seminar and simultaneous webinar for professionals on March 31, 2022. Key in this seminar will be historic buildings in terms of their significant attributes that characterize the building type. Three groups of buildings have been selected: religious, vernacular and technical or utilitarian buildings. The aim is to develop a dialogue and provide information on the use, selection and processing of the wood of the selected buildings, on the objects and products that are typical of these buildings.

The seminar is intended for the staff of heritage institutes, state and local authorities, administrators of heritage buildings, restorers and conservators, architects and planners, students and teachers of vocational schools and others interested in the preservation of monuments.

One of the lecturers is a representative of the Timber Research Institute, Ing. Marek Polášek, Ph.D. The topic of his lecture will be Snippets from a mosaic – the use of specific properties of certain wood species in the past.

Místo konání: Přednášková aula domu ABF, Nadace pro rozvoj architektury a stavitelství.

Registration and detailed program on the organizer’s website here.

Debate on the possibilities of multi-storey wooden buildings in the Czech Republic

The Jaroslav Fragner Gallery hosted the exhibition White Arkitekter: A HEART OF WOOD until mid-March. It was the first exhibition of one of the most important Swedish architectural studios in the Czech Republic and featured the innovative use of CLT panels for high-rise buildings. The internationally active White Arkitekter office is dedicated to environmentally and socially sustainable architecture using wood as an important renewable material. In 2016, the studio designed a 20-storey building in Skellefteå, Sweden, which is one of the tallest wooden high-rise buildings in the world.

The accompanying programme included an expert debate on the possibilities, technologies and materials for multi-storey buildings in the country. One of the panelists was the director of the Timber Research Institute, Mrs. Jitka Beránková.

You can watch a recording of the debate on YouTube here.

More information about the exhibition can be found on this page of the GJF gallery:

RotaFloor – new options for testing floors and tiles with certification

The Timber Research Institute has developed and commissioned a new testing facility that brings the possibility of testing not only traditional wood-based materials, but especially tiles, whether ceramic, concrete, terrazzo or large-format tiles.

However, this area is not as far removed from the remit of the Timber Research Institute as it might at first appear. One of the main sources of problems in modern timber buildings is the watertightness of bathrooms and other areas traditionally fitted with ceramic or similar tiles. Understanding the properties and durability of these surfaces should also lead to new research tasks in this field in the future.

The device is unique because it was developed in the Czech Republic on the basis of available and standardized information, in close cooperation with the Silicate Association and its leading expert Dr. Eduard Justa, WOODEXPERT s.r.o. and GIS Engineering. There are only units of similar equipment in Europe.

RotaFloor, as the test facility of the Timber Research Institute was named, enables accredited testing of tiles and other floor constructions according to several foreign standards.

The principle of testing is the movement of specific castors loaded with standardised forces over the floor surface. During the development process, it was necessary to solve the issues of precise loading, speed control or converting the requirements of the American standard into the metric system.

The equipment is now fully operational, has successfully passed the accreditation process and is being used, among other things, to prepare for planned research on the long-term waterproofing of bathroom floors in wooden buildings.

Contact: M. Polášek, polasek (@)