Wood construction is a growing trend in Finland as well as internationally. Finland’s forest industry provides good, constantly increasing opportunities for the growing construction needs. The increasing significance of environmental aspects and the interest of the public sector in green construction promote the development of wood construction, also when it comes to highly demanding construction projects. Our strong competence in technology enables high prefabrication rate of wooden elements. In fact, in addition to apartment buildings, single-family houses and terraced houses, wood can be used in the construction of public buildings, such as day-care centres, schools and nursing homes, office buildings, halls and bridges.
Wood is also a suitable material for building structures for gardens and infrastructure.
Wood construction is ecological, energy efficient and competitive. Wood is a Finnish, local and renewable raw material with capacity to store carbon from the atmosphere, thus contributing to climate change mitigation. The carbon footprint of construction will be included in the legal provisions on building in the coming years. As a result, wood will be an increasingly competitive alternative.
The city of Joensuu is a pioneer in wood construction.
For decades, Joensuu and the surrounding county have promoted wood construction in their long-term development work. While the earliest projects took place in the 1990s, the results of the work are now visible at sites that have drawn wide national attention and recognition, and as a high level of competence of companies and experts in the industry.
The construction projects in Joensuu have included unique sites significant to the wood industry that have reaped success. North Karelia has lots of competence in the wood industry and courage to launch projects, including unusual ones, on a large scale. Wood has been used as material in large multi-purpose halls and arenas, and student housing and day-care centres alike.
Joensuu’s pioneering status is prominently displayed in the city. We are proud of the ambitious projects constructed in our city in recent years. In addition to construction, education and research in the field is available in North Karelia on a scale unmatched elsewhere. For several decades, wood industry has been a solid part of the entrepreneurship in Eastern Finland. This continues to be the case today and will also carry on in the future.