Salon of Wooden Buildings and Yearbook of Architecture

In the second half of April, the opening evening of the Wooden Buildings Salon took place at CAMP, a project combining modern wooden buildings, architecture and responsible lifestyle. The Timber Research Institute was once again the expert partner of the event.

A video recording of the evening, including lectures by the excellent international guests Helmut Dietrich (NO) and Reiulf Ramstad (AT) can be viewed here.

The exhibition on a wooden installation is open until 17 May 2023 at nám. Václav Havel in the centre of Prague.

If you want to learn more about the exhibited projects, read interviews with foreign and domestic architects and have a closer idea of what awaits wooden architecture in the coming years, you can buy the publication WOOD ARCHITECTURE ANNUAL ´23.

More on the organizer’s website

What prevents wooden buildings from expanding in the market?

The analytical company CEEC Research has prepared a Quarterly Analysis of the Czech Construction Industry Q1/2023, in which it dealt with the market share of wooden buildings and barriers to their expansion.

12% of construction companies are involved in timber buildings. The majority of construction companies (67%) consider wood construction to be more environmentally friendly. According to the respondents, the purchase costs of wooden buildings are roughly the same as those of conventional buildings. According to the construction companies involved in timber buildings, the spread of these buildings is mainly limited by the low awareness of their good quality.

Eduard Muřický, Deputy Chief Director of the Economy Section of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic commented on the situation in the study:

“The Ministry of Industry and Trade has long supported work to update the standards applicable to timber buildings to remove potential barriers to the increased use of wood-based materials. In this context, it cooperates with the University Centre for Energy Efficient Buildings of the CTU and in the field of standards development with the Czech Agency for Standardization. The University Centre is working on the creation of normative conditions for fire safety for the increased use of wood in the construction industry.

The Timber Research and Development Institute is working on a project on the use of wood in relation to the life cycle of buildings, energy consumption and environmental impacts for the future use of wood as a building material.

The MIT together with the Ministry of Agriculture is also cooperating at European level to create conditions for the use of wood-based products in the construction industry.”

Read more in the CEEC Research press release.

Invitation to the MIT subsidy and consultation seminar

On 2 May from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic will hold a regional seminar at the Clarion Congress Hotel in České Budějovice. Director Beránková from the Timber Research Institute will give a lecture at the economic and technical workshop on the topic “Use of wood in construction in the Czech Republic – possibilities and limitations”.

The seminar and workshop is dedicated to the new support from the Operational Programme Technology and Applications for Competitiveness (OP TAK). As part of a targeted campaign in the regions, the MIT is trying to briefly acquaint those interested with the current information and calls for OP TAK in 2023. The speakers will also touch upon the ongoing Operational Programme Enterprise and Innovation for Competitiveness (OP PIK), where the end date of project administration is approaching.

Newly, participants will be provided with space for questions and consultation of business plans in the framework of networking with experts on energy saving programmes and renewable energy sources of the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the regional office of the Agency for Enterprise and Innovation. This will be followed by an economic and technical workshop organised in cooperation with the Department of Regional Studies of the NF VŠE, which will complement the seminar with inspiring contributions from experts on low-carbon economy and CO2 storage.


9:00 – 9:30 Registration and morning coffee

9:30 – 9:40 Introductory remarks by the Chief Director of the EU Funds Section, Assoc. Ing. Marian Piecha, Ph.D., LL.M.

9:40 – 10:40 Saving Programmes and Renewable Energy Sources, Ing. Jan Piskáček, Director of the Department of Infrastructure for SMEs and Energy Programs

10:40 – 10:50 Space for questions

10:50 – 11:10 Services of the API Regional Office for applicants and beneficiaries in OP TAK and OP PIK, Ing. Hana Staňková, Project Manager for the South Bohemia Region

11:10 – 12:25 Networking with refreshments

12:25 – 13:30 Workshop in cooperation with the Faculty of Economics, University of Economics

CO2 as a tool for economic evaluation of business, Mgr. Šárka Tomanová, University of Economics, Director of DEAL GREEN, s. r. o.

Use of wood in construction in the Czech Republic – possibilities and limitations, Ing. Jitka Beránková, Ph.D., Director of the Timber Research and Development Institute

Geological CO2 storage, RNDr. Vladimír Kolejka, Czech Geological Survey

Incorporation of CO2 into wood and wooden buildings, Nema spol. s. r. o. and its experience with subsidies, Executive Director Tomáš Nemrava

13:30 – 14:00 Final closing

Official invitation on the MIT website.

Register with the organizer here

A look back at the largest Wooden Buildings Conference

At the beginning of April, the largest professional conference on timber buildings, which has been organized for 24 years by the Volyně VŠ and SPŠ in cooperation with the Regional Office of ČKAIT České Budějovice and other partners, took place. The event was filled to maximum capacity, both with lectures, participants and exhibiting partners.

The Timber Research Institute was an expert partner, but also part of the conference programme. The Director of the The Timber Research Institute , Mrs. Ing. Jitka Beránková, Ph. D., presented a paper on “Wooden buildings – legislation and common sense”.

One of the lecture topics is elaborated in the conference proceedings, namely “Analysis of potential energy savings, life cycle costs of buildings and environmental impacts in the use of wood in construction”. The proceedings can be requested from the event organiser,VOŠ a SPŠ Volyně.

The entire event was documented on the school’s Facebook page.

A short photo overview of the event is attached.