International wood construction event in Joensuu in autumn 2019 Karelia University of Applied Sciences, the University of Eastern Finland and the Natural Resources Institute Finland organise a seminar Drivers for Wood Construction in Joensuu on 24th-25th September 2019. The event consists of two parts: the actual seminar (24th September) and an excursion to see recently implemented wood construction projects in Joensuu area (25th September). Approximately 100-150 experts both from Finland and abroad are expected to attend the event. The event is a pre-conference event of the Forum Wood Building Nordic 2019 conference held in Helsinki. The topic of the seminar day (24th September) is to discuss and provide information on why wood construction should be considered as a potential solution for sustainable growth in the future. The event presents societal and business trends and factors that open up new business opportunities for the use of wood in modern urban construction. The perspectives include welfare effects and the antibacterial nature of wood as a material as well as the different measures of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in cities as part of climate goals, says Project Manager Mikko Matveinen. The presenters in the event include companies that have succeeded in making wood construction a successful business. In addition, examples of product development and current research in wood construction will be presented. The event also extensively introduces the expertise and actors involved in wood construction in North Karelia and in Joensuu region. As part of the event, the participants have the opportunity to visit local wood construction sites in a guided tour. In the morning of 25th September, the following newest wood construction sites in Joensuu will be visited: Joensuu Lighthouse, Mehtimäki Sports Park, Joensuu Pihapetäjä and the Hukanhauta Kindergarten. In the afternoon, the participants have the chance to visit an office building, a production building and a 2-storey small apartment building in Lieksa, all constructed by Binderholz Nordic Oy. Seminar topics (24th September): From Forest Capital to Wood Construction Pioneer Well-being Effects of Wood in Indoor Applications Towards Low Carbon Construction – Cities Role From Prototypes to Viable Business – Woodland Sweden New Research on Wood and Wood Construction in B. Eng. and MSc education A Woodland Sweden architecture exhibition, coordinated by the Swedish Embassy, will be organised as part of the seminar.