Wood is one of the most valuable resources for humans and it has been an important construction material in human history. With advent of the scientific and industrial revolution, the engineered wood (EW) sector is substantially advanced both in terms of higher quality wooden materials, both in terms of production and manufacturing and panels and plywood represent about 12% of total volume.
The European Commission and the international policymakers are launching important actions taking into account that wood-based panels store CO2 and thus act as carbon sink. In this regard, wood-made panels have a relevant role and the I-PAN project aims at providing novel and highly environmental friendly solutions in the field of the engineered wood (EW) based boards.
The concept of the I-PAN project is to boost the utilization of traditional wood-based panels, by engineering their properties to match lightweight applications requirements, reducing the manufacturing cost along the overall process, allowing a highly sustainable approach at the same time. The virtuous circle allowing a sustainable manufacturing process will range from a reduction of raw material process input to the use of re-cycled material and minimisation of wastes along with innovative technologies enabling savings in energy consumption and reduction of pollutant compounds emissions.