Drivers for Wood Construction 
21.-22.10.2020 – Joensuu

The second international Drivers for Wood Construction event including Rothoschool on tour will be held in Joensuu 21.-22.10.2020. The first Drivers for Wood Construction seminar in September 2019 brought together over 180 wood construction professionals from 12 countries, and this year the event is expected to be even bigger.

Drivers for Wood Construction 2020 starts on October 21st with Rothoschool On Tour. Rothoschool brings the European leading experts to Joensuu to share their knowledge on construction physics, wood joint techniques, building codes, and building information modelling (BIM). The training will go deep into the technical details and solutions and provides you with useful tools to be applied in daily work.

The seminar day on October 22nd will offer insights to the wood construction. The themes of the sessions are Future building solutions and Low carbon construction. Morning session will be held in Finnish and afternoon session in English.


Drivers of Wood Construction 2020 is organized by the Karelia University of Applied Sciences, Natural Resources Institute Finland, University of Eastern Finland, European Forest Institute, Ministry of the Environment, Embassy of Sweden and RothoBlaas SRL.


Registration and tickets:

Registration link to full two-day event: Coming soon

Full event ticket includes RothoSchool and seminar day, lunches, coffees, conference dinner, visit tour: 140 euros + VAT Click here


Registration link to Drivers for Wood Construction-seminar: Click here

Under the registration link, there are two options how to participate in the event:

Option 1: Drivers for Wood Construction Seminar & Visit tour October 21st (Includes conference dinner 21st and lunch on 22nd: 60 euros + VAT

Option 2: Drivers for Wood Construction Seminar on 22nd: Free entrance

There is limited number of tickets so save your seat now!

Rothoschool on Tour – 21.10.2020

8:30 – 9:00

Registration & Coffee

Joensuu Science Park, Länsikatu 15, Joensuu

Rothoschool on Tour

Conference hall: LOUHELA-SALI

Chairman: Pauli Paintola Rotho Blaas SRL


Welcoming speech and forewords

Pauli Paintola Rotho Blaas SRL


Air tightness of buildings, sealing, durability and acoustic design

Paola Brugnara



New and innovative connections

Roland Maderebner, Innsbruck University




BIM & mass timber

Phillip Zumbrunner, Eurban Limited




Future of Eurocode 5

Thomas Moosbrugger


Recent research of Timber-concrete -composite

Derikwand Mohammad, Aalto University



Closing words

Pauli Paintola


Evening programme

Bus leaves from Joensuu Science park at 17:15 and drives via city hall at 17:25 (Rantakatu 20, 80100 Joensuu)


Joensuu Lighthouse site visit


Utra wooden church visit



Utran Uittotupa, Uittopäälliköntie 2, 80170 Joensuu

Drivers for Wood Construction – 22.10.2020



Registration & Coffee

Joensuu Science Park, Länsikatu 15, Joensuu


Opening words

Petri Raivo, CEO/President, Karelia University of Applied Sciences

Massive wood future solutions

Conference hall: LOUHELA-SALI

Chairman: Petri Heino, Ympäristöministeriö, Ministry of the Environment, Program Manager


Puurakentamisen tulevaisuus

(Future of wood construction)

Pekka Pakkanen, toimitusjohtaja, Planetary Architecture Ltd.


Korkea puurakentaminen ja rakennesuunnittelu – cases Lighthouse & Tuuliniitty

(High wood construction and structural design)

Tomi Rautiainen, yksikönjohtaja, A-Insinöörit Oy



Puun käyttö televerkkojen infrarakenteissa

(Use of wood in the infrastructure of telecommunication networks)

Gyöngyi Mátray, toimitusjohtaja, Ecotelligent Oy


Massiivipuu ja volyymirakentaminen

(Massive wood and high volume construction)

Jukka Peltokangas, tuotekehitysjohtaja, CLT Finland Oy


Tauko / Break 


Puun käyttö siltarakenteissa (Use of wood in bridges)

Sami Noponen, yksikön päällikkö, Sweco Rakennetekniikka Oy


Puurakentaminen ja algoritmiavusteisen suunnittelun mahdollisuudet, (Wood construction and possibilities of algorithmic design)

Petteri Karjalainen, algoritmiavusteisen suunnittelun teknologiavastaava, A-Insinöörit Oy



Tutkimuksesta sovelluksia puurakentamiseen, (Research based applications to future wood construction)

Henrik Heräjärvi LUKE, Antti Haapala UEF; Timo Pakarinen Karelia-ammattikorkeakoulu (3x10 min)


Lounas (lunch

Towards low carbon construction

Conference hall: LOUHELA-SALI

Chairperson: Diana Tuomasjukka, Principal Scientist, European Forest Institute


Opening words

Diana Tuomasjukka, European Forest Institute


Transition towards circular bioeconomy – Integrative planning concepts in city and landscape planning

Pekka Leskinen/ Rik de Vreese/ Clive Davies, European Forest Institute



Carbon footprint – Searching for the balance in the built environment

Matti Kuittinen, senior advisor, Ministry of the Environment


Actions to promote low carbon procurement in city level

Satu Turula, City of Helsinki


Urban retrofitting with timber

Swedish Wood / Sveriges ambassad i Helsingfors


Comparison of different design solutions – Case: Low carbon apartment building

Mikko Matveinen, Mika Keskisalo, Karelia University of Applied Sciences

Closing words, Erkki Verkasalo 

15:00-16:00 Pientä purtavaa ja verkostoitumista / Networking and snacks