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bautec 2018: Focus on building with wood



From 20 to 23 February 2018 the next bautec will be highlighting the suitability of wood and renewable materials for building, energy saving and even insulating. The international trade fair for building and construction technology takes place bi-annually in Berlin.

 - Wood is an increasingly popular building material in cities
© Messe Berlin
Wood is an increasingly popular building material in cities

For many years steel, glass and concrete have been synonymous with modern building designs. More and more, wood, probably the world’s oldest construction material, is now adding a special touch to buildings. Measured against the overall number of structures the percentage made entirely or partially from wood is rising all the time. At bautec the range of products in Hall 22 will include insulation materials, windows, glass, wood and glued wood for use in buildings as well as interior construction. Window and door manufacturers will also be taking part.

Trade visitors can find out everything about parquet flooring from the guild ’Innung Parkett’ as well as from the experts the firms exhibiting at the show. The Berlin State Office of Criminal Investigation will have tips for house owners and tenants on how to secure their homes against burglars. Wood construction products and services and the Wood Construction Centre can be found in Hall 20. Hall 22 also features the Materials Forum which is where architects, planners, property developers and the processing industry can obtain extensive information on innovative renewable raw materials. Products there will include furniture panels with amber inlays, modern acoustic panels and lightweight materials for interior construction.

As well as the exhibition the supporting programme at bautec will be offering a wealth of relevant information on numerous topics. In 2018 the slogan of the Window Conference is ’New Techniques – New Materials’. Speakers with academic and practical experience will explain applications in all kinds of areas including new and old buildings. Among the topics will be ’Comprehensive restoration of wooden window frames in accordance with HO.09 guidelines‘, ’Design and construction of wooden window frames for the Berlin Palace‘ as well as ’Modifying wood to create new types of wooden window frames: Accoya wood, thermally treated wood, melamine treatment of wood etc.‘ At the Wood Construction Conference on 23 February topics to be addressed by 45-minute lectures will include ‘Inner-city wooden structures from a structural support planning engineer’s standpoint.