At Henrik•Innovation, a lot of our time is devoted to incorporating bio-based materials into our projects. Therefore, when Structural Environment and BLOXHUB extended an invitation to the workshop titled “Overcoming the Barriers Related to the Use of Bio-based Materials in Construction,” we were well-prepared.
Throughout the workshop, there were discussions and shared experiences concerning the numerous barriers encountered when introducing bio-based materials in construction projects. These barriers encompass risks, a lack of references and testing, a tendency to opt for familiar solutions in tenders, as well as the opportunity to learn from historical buildings. It became evident how much knowledge can be acquired from the National Agency for Culture and Palaces with regard to building practices and material selection. How can structures constructed from bio-based materials, such as these, endure for 200 years or more? Additionally, how can their maintenance be ensured?
Henrik•Innovation contributed insights from one of our recent projects in Japan, Ugakei Hygge Circles, which served as a point of reference during the workshop. Furthermore, we possess experience in constructing with seaweed, hemp, straw, concrete made from saltwater, wood, and mycelium!