Wood research


Wood construction is one of the focus areas of Karelia University of Applied Sciences. Wood construction related activities include: research & development, teaching and training. All those activities are made as part of the operations in the Degree programme of Construction Engineering.

The core competence in wood construction is applying construction engineering and construction physics into materials used in wood construction. Our experienced personnel consist of experts in timber engineering, wood technology, industrial design, HVAC engineering and international business.

In research & development activities the focus is on wood and wood-based fiber materials and their usage in construction. The aim of the development activities is also to promote industrial wood construction and to create new business opportunities within the field. All research & development activities are created with companies and other national and international partners.



The School of Forest Sciences is an internationally distinguished research and training unit that trains specialists in the forestry, wood and environmental sectors. Research on Wood Materials Science links forest science to final products such as bio-based materials, chemicals and energy derived from renewable biological resources. Other key areas of research include forest ecology, forest management, forest management planning, remote sensing by laser scanning, timber harvesting and procurement logistics.

Wood related research is supported by Academy of Finland, Business Finland, Horizon2020 and Erasmus+ programs, and directly by Finnish industries. Each year, the School issues around 35 BSc degrees, 70 MSc degrees, and 10 PhDs.


LUKE – Natural Resources Institute Finland

Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) is a governmental research and expert organization that works regionally, nationally, and internationally to promote the sustainable use of natural resources, to develop innovative food chains, and to contribute to the development of bioeconomy.

Luke guarantees its customers the highest standards of scientific expertise, supplemented by thorough application development and dissemination knowledge. With its 1,300 employees and annual turnover of 120 million euros, Luke is among the world’s largest and most multidisciplinary research institutes in the field of natural resources.

Luke’s expertise and interests in wood construction cover wood quality variation and characterization, measurement and grading techniques, wood modification methods, biological durability, wood product markets, and environmental footprints.


EFI – European Forest Institute

European Forest Institute (EFI) is an international organisation, established by 29 European States. EFI has c.120 Associate and Affiliate Member organisations in 38 countries. With Headquarters in Joensuu, EFI also has offices in Barcelona, Bordeaux, Bonn and Brussels as well as project offices in Malaysia, China and Guatemala.  

EFI conducts interdisciplinary and cross-sector research and provides policy support on issues related to forests. EFI acts as a pan-European science-policy platform, building and connecting knowledge and people to increase the impact of research and enhance science-policy dialogue.

EFI considers wood construction to be one of the key elements in circular bioeconomy and climate change mitigation, and has conducted and been part of several studies on this sector. EFI’s work includes e.g. scenario analysis, backcasting studies, as well as comparative sustainability assessment of different types of buildings (housing, office, high-rise, industrial) between timber construction and their functional equivalents from non-renewable materials.