Wood Joensuu

Drivers for Wood Construction 2023 event 15.-16.5.2023


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





Daniel Safarik
Director, Research and Thought Leadership, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Daniel Safarik is Director, Research and Thought Leadership at CTBUH. His responsibilities include providing high-level directional oversight for the Council’s research functions, data studies, topical publications, and dedicated tall building database.
Daishi Sakaguchi
Associate Professor, Fukushi University/ 1st licenced architect at studioKOIVU
PhD. Daishi Sakaguchi has been researching a variety of topics of wood construction and designing different types of buildings, especially wood architecture. Daishi’s research focuses on from mid to large scale wood architectural design and planning and the creativity and psychological and physiological effects of wood interior design. He is also engaged in environmental architecture initiatives including circular economy and cascade use of wood. He aims to act “glocally (global and local)” in education, research, and design activities to build a sustainable society through the linkage between forests and cities.
Elias Hurmekoski
Academy Research Fellow, University of Helsinki
Elias Hurmekoski is an Academy research fellow and adjunct professor at the University of Helsinki, Department of Forest Sciences. He is a forest economist, and has worked on a broad range of topics related to forest product markets, climate change mitigation, and forest sector foresight. His current research focuses on providing state-of-the-art estimates for the substitution impacts of wood use.
Hermann Huber
Professor, Salzburg University of Applied Sciences
DI Hermann Huber is an Academic Coordinator of Holzbau Forest Products Technology & Timber Construction and Senior Lecturer Forest Products Technology & Timber Construction in Salzburg UAS. Besides educational activities Hermann´s scientific contributions include 15 SCIE cited publications or publications in peer reviewed journals and 20 Contributions to scientific conferences.
Lena Seiwald
Junior Researcher, Salzburg University of Applied Sciences
DI Lena Seiwald is a Junior Researcher, Smart Buildings in Salzburg UAS. Her research is focusing on among other topics on developing a circular economy in the construction industry, with priority given to wood recycling.
Lukas Seidl
Junior Researcher, Salzburg University of Applied Sciences
DI Lukas Seidl is a Junior Researcher, Forest Products Technology & Timber Construction in Salzburg UAS. His research is focusing circular economy in wood construction.
Toni Teittinen
Development Manager, Gravicon Ltd
Teittinen has been working with BIM technologies and related process development for more than 15 years. He has been working as designer, bim coordinator and bim manager in various size and types of the building projects. Teittinen has been developing new service products for industry needs. Teittinen states that building sector should put more focus on process re-engineering than waiting for new digital technology solutions to tackle productivity gap. Despite Teittinen is technology enthusiast he points out that people are in the key role of the digital transformation.
Mohammad Derikvand
Postdoctoral Researcher in Timber Engineering , Aalto University, Department of Civil Engineering, Building Design and Construction
Mohammad is a postdoctoral researcher in timber engineering at Group for Wooden Structures, Department of Civil Engineering, Aalto University, Finland. His current research activities focus on the carbon storage extension of timber and engineered wood products in building applications. This includes a) developing new structural timber elements and connection systems that would allow for easy deconstruction at the end of building’s life and b) developing methods using which the resulting salvaged timber materials could be reused effectively in new products and applications.