Research project in brief

Wood Vision 2025: Comparing coherence and efficiency of policies around wooden multi-storey construction between Finland and Austria, is a collaborative research project that explores the barriers to, and opportunities for, increasing the share of wooden multi-storey construction (WMC) in the construction markets, via policy measures, coordination and enhanced collaboration between the actors.

The project is led by the Department of Forest Sciences, University of Helsinki. The project partners with researchers at BOKU (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences) in Wien, Austria.

Wood Vision 2025 aims to

  • Identify relevant policy processes, actors and implementation of different policies supporting WMC value creation in a comparative context (Finland and Austria)
  • Identify bottlenecks and enablers in these policy processes, especially from the viewpoint of innovation system
  • Identify areas of and opportunities for better policy support and coordination, facilitating the growth in WMC.
Photo © Anne Toppinen

Comparing the policy context of wood construction in Austria and Finland is justified, as the forest and wood industries plays an important role in the national economy of both countries.  Industrial wood construction is a growing trend in both countries, while Austria is more advanced in this sector compared to Finland. The presentation by Prof. Gerhard Weiss (GW_WoodinnovationAustria3)  highlights recent trends in industrial wood construction and developments in innovation systems in Austria.

The Wood Vision 2025 project’s time frame is from January 2018 until July 2019. The funding is provided by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Finland, Forest Workers’ Foundation (Metsämiesten Säätiö) as well as the Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners (MTK).

Wood Vision 2025 co-operates with KäPy  project (End-user Approach to Development of Business Ecosystems in Wood-Based Building Sector) of University of Helsinki and its partners.

For more information on the Wood Vision 2025 project, please see the following WoodVision2025_presentation, or contact the project staff (please see people).