This study will be part of the UNE 56544: 2011 standard that collects the visual classification of structural wood of conifers, and its preliminary results will be part of the Strategy for European Natural Resins.
Within the scope of the SustForest Plus project, the Cesefor Foundation has initiated a study dedicated to the compatibility of the use of Pinus pinaster resinero with the production of wood for structural use. The results of the study will allow the inclusion of resinated Pinus pinaster wood in the UNE 56544: 2011 standard for the visual classification of structural wood of conifers.
The objective of this study is to facilitate the use of resinated Pinus pinaster wood by construction professionals for structural use.
The SustForest Plus project contemplates this initiative through Working Group 1 dedicated to the development of a strategy for sustainable forest use of European natural resins (ERNE), one of whose basic pillars is to stimulate the multifunctional use of resin forests through the compatibility of other available resources such as wood and other non-timber forest products.
This analysis of the structural characteristics is developed thanks to the joint work of the Area of Forest Management and Natural Resources and the Area of Industry and Construction with Wood, of the Cesefor Foundation.
Wood from a Pinus pinaster resin forest will be analyzed, taking a sample of trees resined for 25 years and another one of unresinced feet that will serve as a witness; thus, its characterization will proceed by means of standardized tests in Cesefor's testing laboratory. The data obtained will be used to characterize resinated wood from the structural point of view, and include it in the UNE 56544: 2011 standard, which allows the wood market its standardized use for structural purposes. The trees in the sample come from a mountain in the province of Soria.
At the same time, another similar study is being carried out by another of the project partners, specifically Centre Régional de la Propriété Foestière Nouvelle-Aquitaine, on the Pinus pinaster masses of the French Landes, although in this case the characterisation aims to facilitate the use of resined wood for parquets and coverings, highlighting its aesthetic characteristics that differentiate it from other pine woods.
The project SustForest Plus SOE2/P5/E0598 "Strategy and collaboration networks for multifunctionality, conservation and employment in the territory of southern Europe through resin extraction" runs from 2018 to 2021, is co-financed by the Interreg Sudoe Programme through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) of the European Union and aims to improve joint management methods of natural resin sources in the Sudoe territory as a strategic and preferential resource for industry, job creation and the rational use of natural resources.
The project's beneficiary partners are: Fundación Centro de Servicios y Promoción Forestal y de su Industria de Castilla y León (Cesefor), Centre Nacional de la Propriété Forestière (CNPF), European Forest Institute (EFI), Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria (INIA), Instituto Nacional de Investigação Agrária e Veterinária (INIAV), Municipio de Penela, Municipio de Proença-a-a-Nova and Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM).
The project has also been supported by other entities related to the sector of natural resins and belonging to the territory SUDOE (Tunisia, Greece and Italy) which participate as associate partners of the project, which are: Asociación Nacional de Resineros (ANR), Associação das Indústrias de Madeira e Mobiliário de Portugal (AIMMP), Associação Florestal do Vale do Douro Norte (Aflorodounorte), Certis - Controlo e Certificação, Lda.., Decentraliced Administration of Epirus-Western Macedonia, Diputación Provincial de Soria, Essência Química - Resinas e Derivados, Eurorègion Nouvelle Aquitaine-Euskadi-Navarre, Federación de Asociaciones Forestales de Castilla y León (FAFCYLE), Groupement de Producteurs Forestiers du sud Gironde (CPFA), Holiste Laboratoires et Developpement, Industrial Resinera Valcan, S. A. (IRV), Instituto de Conservação da Natureza e das Florestas (ICNF), National Institute for Research in Rural Engineering Water and Forestry (INRGREF), Junta de Castilla y León, Luresa Resinas, S. L., Pôle de compétitivité Xylofutur, Quercus - Associação Nacional de Conservação da Natureza, Resipinus - Associação de Destiladores e Exploradores de Resina, Rincón de la Vega S.A.L., Sociedad de Resinas Naturales, S.A., Unione Di Comuni Valdarno E Valdisieve y United Ressins – Produção de Resinas S.A.
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