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Forum Wood building Nordic 2019 will focus on the role of design in the future, veneer and massive wood construction, resource efficiency and sustainability, fire safety in high-rise buildings, Nordic harmonization of regulations and guidelines.

Wednesday 25th September 2019

Welcome reception (organized by the city of Helsinki)

18.30 – 20.00

Thursday 26th September 2019

Joint session - Opening


Welcome and Intro

Gerhard Fink
Professor for Wooden Structures, Aalto University - Finland


Make complex structures affordable

Olivier Baverel
Prof. ENS Architecture Grenoble & Prof. Ecole des Ponts Paristech - France


Digital Craftsmanship: Growing Buildings as Eco-Systems

Arthur Mamou-Mani
Architect, Director of Mamou-Mani Ltd - UK


Coffee Break

Sponsored by Ministry of the Environment


Digitalisation, engineering and fire safety

Session A1

Digitalisation in wood construction
The developments in building information modelling apply ultimately to a wide integration in the entire construction sector value chain. The present session is only a glimpse on how digitalisation (or BIM) is utilised and how these are developing in the timber construction sector. Some aspects are reviewed on the state of art in the sector in general, on utilisation in the production processes at present and on modelling of performance such as acoustics.


Chair’s opening Words

Tomi Toratti
Senior advisor, Federation of the Finnish Woodworking Industries - Finland


Current trends and developments in Building Information Modelling

Arto Kiviniemi
Honorary Research Senior Fellow and Professor, Univ. of Liverpool - UK


Current state on the use of building information models in the timber sector

Tarja Häkkinen
Senior principal research scientist, VTT - Finland


A model to predict the acoustic performance of timber floors

Pekka Latvanne
Project Engineer, A-Insinöörit Suunnittelu Oy - Finland


SwecoTimberHack: clarifying structural timber design dataflows for parametric and AI-enabled design

Katja Rodionova
Specialist at Sweco - Finland


Potential of architectural design and sustainability

Session B1

On the role of design in the future
Tools have consequences. Today, architectural design is embedded into short- and long-term feedback loops of information, such as user, physical and environmental data as well as structural performance, fabrication- and assembly-strategies. Simultaneously a Renaissance of geometry can be recognized, utilizing and revitalizing traditional craftsman ́s knowledge. Digital simulation technology allows for quantified and qualified performance analysis, and enables designers to incorporate results into the design workflow. So, is wood just ready or already in the core of this future development?


Chair’s opening Words

Günther Filz
Professor for Structures and Design, Aalto University - Finland


Architectural design through production

Andreas Falk
Researcher at KTH Royal Institute of Technology - Sweden


Reciprocal Frames in Mass Timber. New Applications of a Historic Building Technique

David Bowick
President at Blackwell Structural Engineers - Canada
Shannon Hilchie
Owner, faet lab Structural Engineers - Canada


Innovative Timber Structures through Digital Methods

Christopher Robeller
Professor of Digital Timber Construction TU Kaiserslautern - Germany


Taiyuan Botanical Garden from sketch to reality

Michael Lohmann
Head of Design Technology/Project Manager, Delugan Meissl Associated Architects - Austria


Living, innovations and research

Session C1

Living with wood - Institutional and consumers perspective
Abreast with its potential to decrease environmental impacts of the construction sector, industrial wood construction provides social benefits such as pleasant living environments. Despite this, the expectations of end users have gained less attention among businesses and within the society. This session provides new results on this topic addressing also aspects, which would provide new options to increase customer value and develop brands in housing business.


Chair’s opening Words

Katja Lähtinen
Research professor at Natural Resources Institute Finland


Healty and Affordable living LAB

Julia Ahvenainen
Partnerships and sales, Stora Enso - Finland


Shared logic for creating value-added in wooden multistorey construction: comparison of three projects from Finland

Anne Toppinen
Professor, Director of Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science - Finland


Institutional and policy frameworks shaping the Wooden Multi-Storey Construction markets: A comparative case study on Austria and Finland

Heini Vihemäki
Researcher at University of Helsinki - Finland


Consumers’ perceptions on the properties of wood affecting their willingness to live in and prejudices against houses made of timber

Katja Lähtinen
Research professor at Natural Resources Institute Finland


Designing sustainable living with wood – consumer perspective and user involvement

Eliisa Kylkilahti
Researcher, University of Helsinki - Finland



Networking Lunch

Session A2

Construction systems
The session high lights the state of the art and future of the wood based construction including log houses, massive and light frame construction and hybrid structures introduced by leading companies in the world.


Chair’s opening Words

Mikko Viljakainen
Managing director, Puuinfo - Finland


Timber housing developments in Russia

Oleg Panitkov
General Manager, Russian Wooden House Association - Russia


CLT-concrete-composite floors: serviceability considerations and shear reinforcements

Tannert Thomas
Professor for Integrated Engineering Wood Design, UNBC - Canada


Structural solutions for concentrated loads on floor systems

Roland Maderebener
Dr. Senior Lecturer, University of Innsbruck - Austria


Potential of cross-laminated timber as independent shear wall system

Eero Tuhkanen
Lecturer, Tallinn University of Technology - Estonia

Session B2

Experiments, experiences and expertise
The discussion opens viewpoints to wood from renewing the tradition to new technologies and creativity in design solutions.


Chair’s opening Words

Pekka Heikkinen
Professor of Wood Architecture, Aalto University – Finland


Woodcity, architects insight

Teemu Halme
Architect, Anttinen Oiva Arkkitehdit AOA Oy – Finland


Active bending in timber structures: Two case studies

Philip Tidwell
Architect at Aalto University – Finland


Algorithmic experiences in wood design

Toni Österlund
Geometria Architecture Ltd - Finland


Wood solutions in challenging geometry

Johannes Rebhahn
DI, Head of International Timber Projects Wiehag GmbH - Austria

Session C2

Veneer products
The Session presents the latest development of plywood products and applications and gives an overview of the European standardization of wood-based panels and LVL.


Chair’s opening Words

Jouni Hakkarainen
Leading Expert for Wooden Structures, Eurofins Expert Services Oy


Modern plywood products and applications

Sami Uuksulainen
Director, Product Management and Development, UPM Plywood - Finland


Recent developments in the standardization of LVL and of wood based panels

Tomi Toratti
Dr. Senior advisor, Federation of the Finnish Woodworking Industries - Finland


LVL structures in Wood City Supercell office building (and ATT residential building)

Maija Tiainen
Team Manager at Sweco - Finland


A new truss concept for a targeted use of spruce glulam and beech LVL

Matthias Frese
PD Dr.-Ing., Karlsruhe Institute of Technology - Germany

Coffee break


Networking coffee

Official Publication of the first European LVL Handbook

Chair: Matti Mikkola
Managing Director at Federation of the Finnish Woodworking Industries – Finland
Wood based systems are the solution for urban construction due to speed, light weight and environmental benefits. Wooden products enable increased prefabrication. This again means increased output, faster payback, high quality, and minimized disturbance. The use of laminated veneer lumber (LVL) has steadily been growing since the 1970’s. The initial driver for the development of LVL has been the good efficiency of the used wood material. Low waste of material and uniform quality improves the overall material and time efficiency especially in industrial applications and off-site production of construction elements.
The leading European LVL producers and technology providers have prepared a complete guidebook for architects, structural engineers, technical wholesalers, off-site element manufacturers, contractors, carpenters and other construction professionals, as well as for the educational sector. What is the big picture of LVL today, how has the use of LVL been developing until today and what is the content of the European LVL handbook. The session participants will get a free copy of the Handbook.


LVL the big picture

Matti Kairi
Emeritus Professor, Aalto University - Finland


New LVL products and building concepts

Antto Kauhanen
Business Development Manager at Stora Enso - Finland


Recent developments and applications of LVL the potential?

Frank Werling
Head of Technical, Engineering and Design, Metsä Wood - UK


LVL Handbook presentation

Jouni Hakkarainen
Leading Expert, Eurofins Expert Services Oy



Dinner, Restaurant: Fazer Food & Co restaurant, A Bloc
Otaniementie 12, 02150 Espoo

Sponsored by Stora Enso

Friday 27th September 2019

Joint session


Chair: Mark Hughes, Professor of Wood Technology, Aalto University – Finland
We are living in unprecedented times – climate change, loss of biodiversity and a rapidly increasing global population are placing intolerable stress on the environment. It is well known that buildings and construction account for a significant share of these impacts and in this session, we will explore how the use of wood in construction can play a part in mitigating these effects in a sustainable manner. In the future, will we think of wooden buildings not just as living or working places, but also as carbon stores that will be recirculated into new buildings? Will the wood material contained in buildings be seen as a valuable resource that not only performs its technical function in the building but it also stores carbon and substitutes energy intensive materials, thereby helping to mitigate climate change? These questions and others will be explored.


Forests in climate change mitigation and sustainable bioeconomy

Pekka Leskinen
Head of bioeconomy program, European Forest Institute - Finland


The sustainability performance of wooden construction products in a nutshell

Holger Wallbaum
Professor in Sustainable building, Chalmers University - Sweden

Coffee break


Networking coffee

Session A3

Fire safety of high-rise buildings
The session presents developments of new fire design rules of Eurocode 5 and methods of structural protection as well as analysis of fire incidents and regulatory changes to allow higher timber buildings and wider use of wood-based products.


Chair’s opening Words

Esko Mikkola
Chief Fire Safety Expert, KK-Palokonsultti Oy - Finland


New fire design rules for the new EC5, fire part

Joachim SchmidResearcher
Researcher, ETH Zurich - Switzerland


Protections of timber structures (gypsum boards and others) - failure times and start of charring

Alar Just
Professor Tallinn University of Technology - Estonia


Fire accidents - case study analysis and/or statistics based information

Daniel Brandon
Researcher Rise - Sweden


Fire regulations based on justified performance for multi-storey timber buildings

Esko Mikkola
Chief Fire Safety Expert, KK-Palokonsultti Oy - Finland

Session B3

Sustainable wood construction
Wood products used in buildings can store carbon for long periods and, by substituting materials like steel and concrete, can displace the emissions associated with their production. What is this potential for wood in construction to mitigate climate change and what strategies do we need to adopt to maximize this?


Chair’s opening Words

Markus Hudert
Dr. Research Fellow II, Singapore University of Technology - Singapore


Environmental impact assessment of CLT and glulam in two residential nearly Zero Energy Buildings

Nicola Lolli
Researcher SINTEF Byggforsk - Norway


Wooden buildings as carbon storages – mitigation or oration?

Henrik Heräjärvi
Wood scientist at Natural Resources Institute Finland


Plastics in (wooden) buildings

Tarja Häkkinen
Senior principal research scientist VTT - Finland


Climate-KIC -Wood Construction in Climate Change Mitigation

Chiara Piccardo
Dr. Researcher Aalto University - Finland

Session C3

New findings in wood research
In this session research activities relevant for the use of wood as construction material are presented. The session focuses on the structural behaviour of different types of metal type fasteners as well as the determination and consequences of moisture induced stresses in structural applications.


Chair’s opening Words

Gerhard Fink
Professor for Wooden Structures, Aalto University - Finland


Determination of the moisture change behavior of cross laminated timber using optical flow

Markus Hofinger
PhD Student Technische Universität Graz - Austria


Moisture induced stresses in glulam beams of timber bridges. Case-study: Vihantasalmi Bridge

Stefania Fortino
PhD, Senior Scientist at VTT - Finland


Probabilistic modelling of brittle failure in dowel-type steel-to-timber connections

Robert Jockwer
Professor at Chalmers University - Sweden


Properties of Axially-Loaded Self-Tapping Screws Applied in Hardwood

Reinhard Brandner
Professor, Graz University of Technology - Austria



Networking Lunch

Construction at crossroads

Chair: Philip Tidwell
Architect at Aalto University – Finland
The last session introduces alternative scenarios for the future of wood construction. The presented scenarios will be debated in a panel discussion, moderated by Philip Tidwell. The audience can also present their comments.”


Construction at crossroads: How to prepare for the Anthropocene?

Matti Kuittinen
Senior Specialist, Ministry of the Environment of Finland, Adjunct Professor, Aalto University – Finland


Insights from various perspectives
Panel discussion with representatives from finance, architecture, engineering, construction, and municipalities

Anssi Lassila
Architect, director at Oopeaa - Finland

Rami Erkkilä
Manager, Lending at Municipality Finance Plc - Finland

Ulla Loukkaanhuhta
Project director, City of Helsinki – Finland

Closing notes


Closing notes


Presentation Forum Wood Building 2020



Networking coffee