Helmut Krapmeier searched for a means of making a positive contribution after the first energy crisis: building physics as a special subject (building energy balances, solar energy use, etc.) during his architectural studies, and graduated from Vienna University of Technology in 1977 with dissertation on "Energy efficient rehabilitation of postwar housing estates utilising solar energy", completed university degree programme on “Ecology, man and the environment“ in Tübingen in 1982 and one-year postgraduate course on "Energy consultancy and energy management” at Technical University of Berlin in 1985. He is co-founder of ITEM, an interdisciplinary team (mechanical engineer, process engineer, industrial engineer, physicist and architect) in Munich and provided support services for the “Eco-solar house” demonstration project in Munich (a system building with controlled ventilation, heat recovery, inlet air heating, passive solar use and 45m² solar array with 24m³ storage tank), including guided tours for members of the public, experts and architects in 1985-1990.
From 1990 till 2016he worked as scientific officer at Energieinstitut Vorarlberg (www.energieinstitut.at), being counsellor to architects, developers and private clients, project manager of CEPHEUS-Austria (about 100 passive dwelling units at nine sites in Austria), juror for architectural competitions: i.e.: Holzbaupreis (timber house award, Vorarlberg); competitions related to the solarCity development in Linz, Austrian state prize for architecture and sustainability (biannual since 2006 to date), Swiss solar prize; etc.
Curator and moderator of the biennual conference “tri – symposium for energy efficient architecture” since 1996 to date;
speaker or moderator at numerous conferences, meetings and seminars.
Since 1997 he is working as lecturer at Linz University of Art, department for architecture; visiting professor at the Danube University Krems, Center for Architecture, Construction and Environment. Since 2014 he is lecturer at FH Salzburg – university for technical sciences, course of study “Smart Buildings”.
Helmut received EuroSolar Prize for Architecture and Urban Planning in 2000, „Österreichischer Umweltpreis“ (Prize for Austrian Environment) awarded by OGUT (Austrian Society For Environment and Technology) in 2001 and Mitwelt- und Energiepreis 2016 (award by the federal state of Vorarlberg for outstanding engagement according to environment in general and especially for sustainable and energy efficient buildings) in 2016.
I am a free consulter with an office in Nüziders (www.ub-ammann.at) My clients are associations & organizations in Vorarlberg, Germany, Switzerland and Italy. Most of my time I am working for carpenter organisations.
I worked a lot with the carpenters and architects of Vorarlberg in the last twenty years. In 1997 I took the chance to build up the Vorarlberger holzbau_kunst (www.holzbaukunst.at), and I am still working there as director. Presently we organize
the 12 . Vorarlberger Holzbaupreis – the timber architecture competition of Vorarlberg.
Since 2000 I also was deeply involved in the building up of the Holzbau Austria organization (www.holzbauaustria.at). There my core areas are the development, the strategy & the communication of this association. In the year 2005 I was invited to work in the Timber Construction Europe (www.timber-construction.eu) Till today I am responsible for communication of the organization.
Katja has been working with wood for more than a decade. Her research focuses on the interior use of wood and recently she has been part of two interdisciplinary projects, which explore the multifunctional use of wood: Wood2New (WoodWisdom Net+) and Wood Life (Aalto Energy Efficiency research programme). She has been teaching various wood material courses in the Master’s programme of Forest Products Technology at Helsinki University of Technology and in the Master’s programme of Bioproduct Technology at Aalto University.
Peter McCurdy, designer-craftsman in the conservation of historic timber framed buildings, is renowned for his reconstruction of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London.
Trained in architecture and furniture making, in 1979 Peter founded McCurdy & Co, a company of craftsmen specialising in historic timber framed buildings. Peter has directed conservation and reconstruction projects on a diverse range of historic timber buildings and monuments mainly in the UK but also in Europe and North America.
With his interest in historic timber buildings Peter has travelled widely, is a member of various timber organizations including the ICOMOS International Wood Committee and lectures on timber repair courses including the International Wood Conservation Course in Norway.
Peter’s experience in reconstructing the Globe theatre in London has led to his involvement in other international initiatives to reconstruct Globe theatres. Since 2009 Peter has been working on a project to recreate an English Globe theatre in Brazil.
Philip Tidwell is an architect and educator based in Helsinki. Educated both in Finland and the United States, he has taught since 2010 with Wood Program at Aalto University, a year-long curriculum of lectures, excursions and studios that focus on the design and construction of experimental wooden architecture. From theaters and pavilions to small houses and saunas, the program explores the ecological, technical and architectural properties of wood through extensive design study, laboratory testing and industrialized systems of construction. During the 2015/2016 academic year, the studio concentrated on the design and construction of a modular living unit to address the acute shortage of temporary housing in Finland.
Kalev will explain different options how small and medium size wood and furniture companies can let bright minds to develop great new product ideas FOR FREE. Usually small and medium size companies do not have enough people and finance to work on several new product development projects. Kalev will explain two options for leveraging companies’ resources: participating in a wood product development hackaton in September 2017 and cooperating with Center of Competence TSENTER.
Kalev has helped companies and entrepreneurs to find and develop new business ideas for over a decade. He has helped several of Estonian famous startups to get funding and prepare entering to foreign markets.
Currently he and his team in TSENTER are helping wood processing and furniture companies to grow through improving production efficiency, use new technologies to develop prototypes, and find new ways to do marketing and increase sales on international markets. TSENTER is public-private partnership organization, which mission is to bring new knowledge to wood sector and offer services, which help companies to grow.
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