Who will build tomorrow's cities?
The Libramont Fair takes place over six days in odd-numbered years: four days at the Libramont Fair Grounds and two days on site in the Bertrix forest for the 20th edition of Demo Forest.
Given that this is an odd-numbered year, this edition will focus on the forestry and wood industries. This industry is a significant source of employment for our regions. Forests cover 23% of Belgium, i.e. 700,000 ha. They provide a natural and renewable resource with which professionals create value according to sustainable development rules. The wood from our forests meets many of our society’s needs. It provides many benefits and makes a contribution to essential and urgent challenges.
Focus on a subject at the heart of the wood industry
Increasing demographic pressure, increased urban density, less building land, the use of new plots and the development of new construction solutions are required to design and build tomorrow’s buildings.
Fossil fuels and traditional construction methods are no longer able to maintain the pace of construction required for rational, sustainable and innovative urban development.
Wood construction and, more broadly, the “forestry/wood” industry has an decisive part to play in the urban changes which are transforming our landscapes and life styles.
Wood is a modern material par excellence thanks to industrialised processing and value creation. It can meet the challenges of the city of today and, especially, of tomorrow.
The use of wood in public and private infrastructure, for individual homes and, especially, for collective, multi-story housing enables the creation of environmental value, the reconciliation of humans with their habitat by providing a more natural living environment which is better for their health and, also more modern, aesthetic, comfortable and elegant.
These wood resources (our forests!) cannot be relocated. Our companies also have the know-how required and wood materials research and development is ongoing…
It is therefore possible, by turning to the forestry/wood industry, to create a truly virtuous cycle serving the local economic fabric, sustainable development and the bonds between people…to create a new way of living together.