F4F – Forest For Future

The F4F project, Forest for Future, consists in the development of a constructive system in wood for configuring interior spaces, including its design, prototyping, and experimental construction, using and valuing Portuguese forest species.

Main Researcher

Sérgio Gonçalves
sergio.goncalves@ipleiria.pt

Duration

01.07.21 — present

The system under development is based on constructive simplicity, in order to allow an easy assembly that can be performed by the common user.

This will allow the user to respond quickly and efficiently to changes in the behaviour of the domestic group, as well as to situations of immediate need resulting from unforeseen circumstances.

The constructive process is modular and adapts to most pre-existing situations, allowing successive assembling and disassembling, and its application in another space.

All the elements that make up the system are reused, which is a factor where the ecological footprint is effectively reduced.

This ensures minimal waste and a circular economic circuit that continues after the end of the useful life of its components since the material used allows its future reuse.

The current study resulted in the execution of functional prototypes, built in places where their use is real. It was thus possible to test its functionality and durability, assessing and improving its weaknesses, so it might result in a patented product made available to the public.

Based on the results, papers were presented at the ENHR2022 (European Housing Research Network) conference, held from August 30 to September 2, 2022, and at the SDB22 (Sustainable and Digital Building 2022) congress, held from October 27 to 28, 2022.

Funding

The F4F project (Forest for Future) is funded by Centro2020, in the scope of Portugal2020, through European Social Fund; and by national funds through FCT—Foundation for Science and Technology, under the project F4F – FOREST FOR FUTURE (CENTRO-08-5864-FSE-000031). Funding from European Social Fund: 2.973.716,47€.