Modular Mass Timber Building for the Circular Economy (MODCONS) Project

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Introduction

The MODCONS Project is a joint project between the Timber Engineering Research Group at NUI Galway and the Cork Institute of Technology. The MODCONS project will  focus on the design, development and experimental testing of a sustainable modular timber building solution to support national needs while also creating export opportunities in the sector. The proposed modular building solution will maximise the use of Irish timber in cross-laminated panels for walls and floors and will be optimised for structural integrity, fire, acoustics and vibration. Underlying all aspects of the design is ensuring the modules are optimised for future deconstruction and reuse.

Objectives

The main objectives of the MODCONS Project are:

  • To design, prototype and test a timber modular building.
  • To optimise the fire performance of a timber modular building
  • To optimise the acoustic performance of timber modular building.
  • To examine the life cycle performance and reduce the impacts  during construction and deconstruction.
  • To examine the use of modified wood material for structural applications.

Project Team

NUI Galway Team

CIT Team

Industry Partners

 There are five industry partners:

News and Events

12/12/19 - 2019 Competitive Research Call Launch with Minister Creed  

Prof. Annette M. Harte, leader of the  Timber Engineering Research Group of NUI Galway met with Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed at the launch of the 2019 Competitive Research Call where funding for the "Modular mass timber building for the circular economy (MODCONS) project was announced.  The project will focus on the design, development and experimental testing of sustainable modular timber building solutions to support national needs while also creating export opportunities in the sector. The proposed modular building solution will maximise the use of Irish timber in cross-laminated panels for walls and floors and will be optimised for structural integrity, fire, acoustics and vibration. 
Read more about the event using the following Link.

Department meeting Launch
Pictured: Prof. Annette Harte with Minister Michael Creed and other successful researchers

Links

The MODCONS Project is funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine's Competitive Research Funding Programmes. Project Ref: 2019R471
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