Wood Joensuu

Drivers for Wood Construction 2023 event 15.-16.5.2023

Paikka:Joensuu, Finland

The second international Drivers for Wood Construction event will be held in Joensuu
15.-16.5.2023 with the theme
Holistic Approach Towards Sustainable Wood Construction.

The seminar day on 15th of May will offer insights to ongoing development in the field in Finnish, European and global context. Second day on 16th will be dedicated for the excursions to the construction sites and implemented projects in Joensuu Region.

The previous Drivers for Wood Construction event was held in September 2019. It brought together over 180 wood construction professionals from 12 countries. See the aftermovie of the event.

Drivers of Wood Construction 2023 event organized by the Karelia University of Applied Sciences in cooperation with Natural Resources Institute Finland, University of Eastern Finland and European Forest Institute.




Main Partners and Sponsor

Ministry of the Environment,  Wood Building Programme

Puuinfo Ltd.

RothoBlaas SRL

City of Joensuu

Programme 15.5.2023 – Seminar

Joensuun Tiedepuisto (Louhela-hall/Temple of Challenge)
Länsikatu 15, 80110 Joensuu





8:00 – 9:00

Registration and Coffee

9:00 – 9:20

Opening words

9:20 – 12:00

Low Carbon Future with Wood

– Current Development in Finnish, European and Global Context


Moderator: Petri Heino, Program Manager, Ministry of the Environment


Key-Note: The State of Tall Timber in 2023, and its Future Potential

Daniel Safarik, Director Research and Thought Leadership
Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat


From Tradition to Sustainable Wood Construction

Daishi Sakaguchi, Professor
Nihon Fukushi University


Circular Economy of Wood Construction

Hermann Huber, Professor / Lena Seiwald, Junior Researcher / Lukas Seidl, Junior Researcher
Salzburg University of Applied Sciences


Climate change mitigation potential of wood construction: The big picture

Elias Hurmekoski, Academy Research Fellow
University of Helsinki




Panel discussion – Low Carbon Future with Wood

Moderator: Erkki Verkasalo, Research Professor, Natural Resources Institute Finland


12:00 – 13:00


13:00 – 14:50 (Parallel 1.)

Sustainability in Material & Design Considerations

– Wood Material Research & Innovations


Moderator: Antti Haapala, Professor, University of Eastern Finland

Key Note: Climate Benefits of Long-Lasting Wood Products in Construction Applications

Ilkka Leinonen, Research Professor
Natural Resources Institute Finland


From Circularity, For Circularity:
Reusing Salvaged Wood in Structural Application

Mohammad Derikvand, Postdoctoral Researcher
Aalto University


Biobased Sustainable Adhesive System for Wood Products Industry

Anuj Kumar, Senior Scientist
Natural Resources Institute Finland


Upscaling of Construction with Waste Wood –
A Mass Production Approach

Miikka Kotilainen, CEO/Founder
Hiil Ltd


13:00 – 14:50 (Parallel 2.)

High Performance Wood Construction

– BIM in Design Process


Moderator: Ossi Laakkonen, Project Manager, Karelia University of Applied Sciences


Key-Note: How to Facilitate Industrial Process Through BIM

Sebastian Hollerman, Professor
Jade University of Applied Sciences


Digital Transformation of the Building Sector

Toni Teittinen, Development Manager
Gravicon Ltd


A Virtual Wood Construction

Gregor Grunwald, Professor
Jade University of Applied Sciences





14:50 – 15:10


15:10 -17:00 (Parallel 1.)

Sustainability in Material & Design Considerations

– Sustainability in Architectural Design & Planning


Moderator: Diana Tuomasjukka, Head of Bioeconomy Programme, European Forest Institute


Key-Note: Sustainability in City Planning and Architecture – Design Considerations

Kimmo Lylykangas, Professor
TalTech University


Sustainability Index in City Planning

Shammi Keya, Project Researcher
University of Applied Sciences


Circularity in Architectural Design

Sina Hage, Researcher
Jade University of Applied Sciences


Pathway Towards Achieving Carbon Neutrality in Joensuu – Examples from Land-use Planning

Patrik Hämäläinen, Land Use Planner
City of Joensuu


15:10 – 17:00 (Parallel 2.)

High Performance Wood Construction

– From Theory to Practice


Session by Rothoblaas SRL




17:00 – 17:20  

Closing Remarks with light refreshments


 Seminar Dinner at City Hall



Programme 16.5.2023 – Building tour


9:00 – 16:00


Wooden restaurant building

Wooden (CLT) restaurant building


Joensuu Lighthouse

14 storey wooden (LVL/CLT) apartment building
Opiskelija-asunnot Oy Joensuun Elli


Meteorite-house / Usva-house

Wooden (CLT) guest house and private house
Field Studies Oy