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Comparison of timber-house technologies and initiatives supporting use of timber in Slovenia and in Sweden - the state of the art

Manja Kitek Kuzman (1)   , Dick Sandberg (2)

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 10, Issue 6, Pages 930-938 (2017)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor2397-010
Published: Dec 07, 2017 - Copyright © 2017 SISEF

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Collection/Special Issue: COST action FP1407
Understanding wood modification through an integrated scientific and environmental impact approach
Guest Editors: Giacomo Goli, Andreja Kutnar, Dennis Jones, Dick Sandberg

Historically, Slovenia and Sweden have equivalent uses of timber in construction and a long tradition of timber engineering and architecture. Nevertheless, in spite of these similarities, the development path to reach a modern and industrialized use of timber in construction which allows a diversity of architectural expression and design possibilities has differed considerably between these two countries, after the function-based building regulations that were introduced in Europe nearly three decades ago. This paper gives an overview of some characteristic modern timber buildings in Slovenia and Sweden, and the different construction techniques that are used in these two countries. Successful initiatives supporting the use of timber in construction are also presented. The opportunities for the further development of sustainable timber constructions in Slovenia and Sweden lie in new production methods, high prefabrication, and energy-efficient and climate-effective architecture, besides partnership and increased responsibilities for planning, improved and systematic feedback of experience and team cooperation, as well as knowing users identity, values and life style.


Architecture, Timber Construction, Technologies, Promotion Initiatives

Authors’ address

Manja Kitek Kuzman
University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty, Department of Wood Science and Technology (Slovenia)
Dick Sandberg
Luleå University of Technology, Wood Science and Engineering (Sweden)

Corresponding author

Manja Kitek Kuzman


Kitek Kuzman M, Sandberg D (2017). Comparison of timber-house technologies and initiatives supporting use of timber in Slovenia and in Sweden - the state of the art. iForest 10: 930-938. - doi: 10.3832/ifor2397-010

Academic Editor

Giacomo Goli

Paper history

Received: Feb 08, 2017
Accepted: Sep 08, 2017

First online: Dec 07, 2017
Publication Date: Dec 31, 2017
Publication Time: 3.00 months

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