Each venue of the WCTE is encourage to include its local context in the definition of its topics. 2020 wont be the exception, proposing for the first time as a main topic the sustainable production of lumber products, regarding the challenges and opportunities for this sector in the construction industry and the important challenge of a joint work with the communities to generate a sustainable development of timber constructions.

The main topics that will address the “WCTE 2020 – Santiago , Chile”, with their corresponding subtopics, are the following:

SUSTAINABLE FOREST FOR LUMBER PRODUCTION

  • Stock management, Predictive growth models, Planning and Product Development
  • Forestry Products Manufacturing
  • Sustainable Forest Management Towards Timber Production
  • Innovative Certified Forestry Products
  • Particularity of native, tropical and fast growth forests

WOOD PRODUCT AND CONNECTIONS        

  • Grading and quality control of wood materials and products
  • Engineered wood products
  • Wood materials and composites
  • Timber preservation and protection methods
  • Mechanical and chemical connections
  • Long-term and fatigue performance
  • Study case

TIMBER ENGINEERING      

  • Codes, practices and new standardizations
  • Fire protection and performance
  • Advances in seismic design and protection of timber structures
  • Hybrid structures and tall wood buildings
  • Bridges, long spans and special structures
  • Methods for performance-based design
  • Study case

TIMBER ARCHITECTURE    

  • Intervention in building stock.
  • Building physics and building skins.
  • Integrated tools for design processes
  • Retrofitting and nondestructive testing of historic buildings.
  • Cultural heritage of traditional wooden buildings.
  • Design and construction methods for durability
  • Study case

BUILDING AND ENVIRONMENT IMPACT   

  • Sustainable and residential environment in wooden buildings.
  • Indoor quality, comfort and energy efficiency
  • Maintenance methodologies
  • Carbon footprint and LCA on timber constructions
  • Passive and zero energy house solutions
  • Study case

POLICIES, IMPLEMENTATION AND MANAGEMENT 

  • Public Policies for fostering timber construction
  • IT Tools (BIM) for collaborative and integrated design processes
  • Operation and management of timber buildings
  • Residue management on timber constructions
  • Study case

EDUCATION, PROMOTION AND FUTURE TRENDS    

  • New advances in wood science
  • Industrialization of wood construction
  • Environmentally responsible construction
  • Education and promotion of timber construction
  • Development of new professional and technical competencies
  • Study case