Forests area: 304 million ha
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Hospital de la Concepción, University of Burgos, Spain
Undertaken by UTE Building between October 2007 and February 2009, this was one of the most important timber restoration projects undertaken in the Castilla y León region of Spain.
The work on this sensitive piece of restoration was planned and directed by architect José Antonio Gil-Fournier Carazo and included the demolition of the roofs and floors of parts of the historic 16th and 17th century building.
The use of traditional construction techniques and volume of wood used in the restoration elements represented 25% of the work involved. This included the consolidation of the facade facing the inner courtyard and the repair of cornices, walls, floors and roof.
PEFC-certified timber was taken from several sawmills in the Sierra de la Demanda region including 400m2 of pine used in the flooring. The total cost of the restoration project was over €7 million. Obtaining project certification was made possible by the commitment of the University of Burgos and architect José Antonio Gil-Fournier Carazo. They saw PEFC Project Certification as a way of both promoting the project's sustainability credentials and raising awareness of the importance of using certified timber.
After regular auditing by AENOR during the construction period, Hospital de la Concepción became the second building project in the world to achieve PEFC Project certification.