Casa de Madeira Portuguesa Seminar – Lordelo, Portugal

On the 26th of June 2014, the Casa de Madeira Portuguesa seminar was held by CFPIMM (Centro de Formaçao Profissional das Industrias da Madeira e Mobiliario, Timber and Furniture Industry Professional Center). Gathering professionals from the timber industry, government and university representatives, architects and building experts from Portugal, Spain, Germany and France, this seminar focused on new building and renovation techniques. The latest trends in bioclimatic construction design were presented. Excellent thermal insulation and energy savings showed to be undeniable. Building with timber presents equivalent advantages without the constraints.
On the other hand, Portugal has a long tradition of using timber in its tremendous wealth that needs renovation. As presented by Engineer Ricardo Cunha, Lenhotec, most of this ancient heritage is facing important issues of termite (photo) and fungal infestation.
Careful planning, elaborate controlled techniques and the use of efficient remedial wood preservatives allow bringing back to life churches, palaces and other historical marvels. In order to prevent such issues in the future, the use of Portugal grown softwoods, treated with a very economical, efficient (against termites and fungi) and safe wood preservative guarantees the sustainable quality of this material to make it the best for construction.

Besides these interesting presentations, several companies were exhibiting their latest innovations in timber materials, wood preservation and decoration (photo).