26-28 February 2024
Forum Wood Building Baltic 2024
Tallinn Culture HUB, Estonia
About the conference
Forum Wood Building Baltic is the main conference for architecture and engineering topics of wooden buildings: design for manufacturing and assembly, building physics, energy performance, fire safety etc. in the countries around Baltic Sea. The conference is a part of the international organization Forum Holzbau,

The overarching theme of Forum Wood Building Baltic 2024 is integrated design where different disciplines come together with their own possibilities and limitations to cooperate and push the boundaries of innovation in timber construction.

Scope of the conference
  • Regenerative and circular architecture
  • (Prefabricated) timber-based renovation solutions
  • Process innovation in design and construction of wooden buildings
  • Timber structures (Eurocode 5)
  • Fire safety in timber buildings
  • Building physics of timber structures
  • Zero emission wooden buildings (LCC, LCA)
FORUM HOLZBAU was established 25 years ago as platform of leading universities for knowledge and technology transfer in timber construction and achieves the goal through its pan-European program of conferences and exhibitions. In Estonia FORUM HOLZBAU cooperates with the Tallinn University of Technology and the Estonian Academy of Arts.
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Conference Program
Monday, February 26th
13:00 – 18:00
13:00 – 18:00
Excursion day
Visit to important examples of timber architecture as well as Estonian woodhouse producers
Tuesday, February 27th
08:30 – 09:00
08:30 – 09:00
Conference opening
Registration. Tea & coffee. Opening of the Exhibition
09:00 – 10:30
09:00 – 10:30
@ Cauldron Hall
Opening Words for the FORUM HOLZBAU
Hugo Karre, Member of the board FORUM HOLZBAU, Lurnfeld (Austria)

Role of New European Bauhaus in transformation of timber architecture for sustainable future
Anna Sandak, InnoRenew CoE & University of Primorska (Slovenia)

Future challenges for timber structures

Andrea Frangi, ETH Zürich (Switzerland)

10:30 – 11:00
10:30 – 11:00
Tea & coffee break. Exhibition
11:00 – 12:30
11:00 – 12:30
Eurocode 5 – 2nd generation
@ Small Hall

Design of cross-laminated timber
Philipp Dietsch, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany)

Design for serviceability limit state
Tomi Toratti, Federation of the Finnish Woodworking Industries (Finland)

Execution standard
Andrew Lawrence, ARUP (UK)

Design for manufacture and assembly
@ Woodblock Hall

The future of timber construction facing the challenges of Industry 4.0
Dr. h.c. Heinz Köster, President of the Technical University of Applied Sciences of Rosenheim and President of FORUM HOLZBAU (Germany)

Platform-DfMA timber designs for Resi and Office concept buildings
Sebastian Alejandro Hernandez Maetschl, Stora Enso (Germany)

ELEMENTerial – exploring architectural potential of CLT fabrication residues
Siim Tuksam, Estonian Academy of Arts (Estonia)
12:30 – 13:30
12:30 – 13:30
Lunch & exhibition
13:30 – 15:00
13:30 – 15:00
Timber-based renovation solutions
@ Small Hall

Circular renovation of an apartment building with prefabricated insulation elements
Eero Nigumann, Timbeco Woodhouse OÜ (Estonia)

Development of prefabricated insulation element for renovation of high-rise apartment buildings
Peep Pihelo, Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia)

Case studies of moisture safety implementations on timber structures
Eneli Liisma, Merko Ehitus Eesti AS (Estonia)

Eurocode 5 – 2nd generation
@ Woodblock Hall

Design of connections
Robert Jockwer, Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden)

Design of timber bridges
Matthias Gerold, Harrer Ingenieure GmbH (Germany)

Fire design
Alar Just, Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia)
15:00 – 15:20
15:00 – 15:20
Short presentations
@ Small Hall

Commissioning the Design and Construction of Prefabricated Renovation

Alari Jürgenson, Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia)

Misused timber in renovation
Üllar Alev, Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia)

Moisture safety strategies for roof renovation with prefabricated additional insulation elements
Georg-Mihkel Kodi, Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia)

A novel approach to quantify crack formation in CLT.
Kristo Kalbe, Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia)

Short presentations
@ Woodblock Hall

Bending and vibration behaviour of CLT-steel composite beams
Noah Böhm, Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen (Germany)

Airtightness and moisture behaviour of joints and VOC concentrations in wood and hybrid structures
Anti Rohumaa, South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences (Finland)

An Analysis of Wooden Traditional House in Nepal
Bharat Raj Pahari, Institute of Engineering/TU (Nepal)

Timber Reciprocal Frame Structures
Kertu Johanna Jõeste, Estonian Academy of Arts (Estonia)
15:20 – 16:00
15:20 – 16:00
Tea & coffee break. Poster discussion. Exhibition
16:00 – 18:00
16:00 – 18:00
Regenerative and circular architecture
@ Small Hall

3cycle - circular industrial construction system
Renee Puusepp, Estonian Academy of Arts (Estonia)

Long-term carbon sequestration and reduction by circular design with wood
Harald Schwarzschachner, Stora Enso (Germany)

Prefab light clay-timber elements for net zero whole life carbon buildings
Juha Päätalo, Päätalo Architects Ltd (Finland)

Fabrication reconsidered: Root chair; robotic milling technology
Hugo Fekar, Academy of Arts (Czech Republic)

Life-Cycle-Costing in wood construction
@ Woodblock Hall

Modelling the decay risk of exterior wood from detailed 3D geometries
Jonas Niklewski, Lund University (Sweden)

Bioinspired living coating system for regenerative and circular architecture
Anna Sandak, InnoRenew CoE (Slovenia)

Tool development for LCC of wooden building envelope
Roja Modaresi, Norwegian Institute of Wood Technology (Norway)

Design, and Construction on the Service Life and Appearance of a Wooden Building
Villu Kukk, Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia)
Conference Dinner
Gala Dinner @ Cauldron Hall, Culture Hub

Estonian Woodhouse Association will give out awards for individuals or organisations that have contributed to the development of the sector.

Person of the Year 2023
Friend of Wooden Houses 2023
Influencer of Estonian Wooden Architecture 2023

Wednesday, February 28th
09:00 – 09:30
09:00 – 09:30
Registration. Tea & coffee. Exhibition
09:30 – 11:00
09:30 – 11:00
Moisture safety
@ Small Hall

Moisture sorption properties of Laminated Veneer Lumber
Lars Gullbrekken, SINTEF (Norway)

The future of wooden structures in combination with bio-based insulation
Anke Blommaert (Belgium), Ghent University

The effect of controlled roof ventilation on the moisture safety of roofs
Timber Structures
Klaus Viljanen (Finland), Aalto University

Timber Structures
@ Woodblock Hall

Reconnect Ukraine – research project on timber connections
Andrii Bidakov, O.M. Beketov National University of Urban Economy in Kharkiv (Ukraine)

Assessment of strength and stiffness properties of aged structural timber
Maarja Kauniste, Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia)

Onsite application of end-grain bonded timber under low curing temperatures
Dio Lins, Bern University of Applied Sciences (Switzerland)
11:00 – 11:30
11:00 – 11:30
Tea & coffee break. Exhibition
11:30 – 13:00
11:30 – 13:00
Process innovation
@ Small Hall

Planning sustainability for timber construction projects using the example of the Student residential quarter “Campus RO”
Lore Köster, Campus RO, Rosenheim (Germany)

Multi-criteria decision process for selection of biobased facade materials
Veronika Kotradyová, Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava (Slovak Republic)

SOFTacademy – development of pre-fabricated renovation to turn a district into a cosy living environment
Mariliis Niinemägi, Tallinn City, Strategic Management Office (Estonia)

Historic wooden buildings
@ Woodblock Hall

Technical state, renovation need, and performance
Alois Andreas Põdra, Estonian Open Air Museum (Estonia)

Renovating heritage buildings
Kadri-Ann Kertsmik, Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia)

Assessment of the Potential of Reconstruction of Historic Buildings
Helena Rummo, Estonian Academy of Arts (Estonia)
13:00 – 14:00
13:00 – 14:00
Lunch & exhibition
14:00 – 16:30
14:00 – 16:30
@ Small Hall
Designing material genealogies: the case of wood
Aris Kafantaris, Kengo Kuma and Associates, Chief Project Manager (Japan)

Benefits and challenges of digitalisation the renovation process
Ergo Pikas, Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia)

Automated design and distributed factory based timber housing
Gilles Retsin, Automated Architecture AUAR (UK)
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The scientific committee for the 5th Forum Wood Building Baltic 2024 invites you to submit an abstract for the special academic sessions. Submitted abstracts should relate to high quality research describing original and unpublished results of conceptual, constructive, empirical, experimental, or theoretical work in all areas of wood building, timber construction and architecture. Best papers will be published in the Journal of Sustainable Architecture and Civil Engineering (SCOPUS).


25 August 2023 Extended abstract submission
15 September 2023 Extended abstract acceptance
1 November 2023 Full paper submission and extended abstract update
15 December 2023 Notification of review and the best of scientific articles proposal to the journal
15 January 2024 Final paper submission
1 February 2024 Full conference paper acceptance
12 February 2024 Upload camera-ready full conference paper and extended abstract

More detailed view about the deadlines is HERE.

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Culture HUB
Kursi 3, 10415 Tallinn

Forum Wood Building Baltic 2024 will be held in Tallinn Creative Hub that is a multifunctional creative and cultural centre located located within walking distance of the Old Town of Tallinn and most of hotels in city centre.
The Forum 5th Wood Building Baltic is a FORUM HOLZBAU conference with an accompanying exhibition of selected companies related to timber construction, for the 5th time in the Baltic Sea region and for the second time in Estonia / Tallinn. The aim is to build a bridge from the academic world into practice and to present the latest international developments in timber architecture, engineering and technology to an audience of construction professionals including architects, engineers, contractors, housing organizations, planners, manufacturers and urban designers.

Please support the FORUM HOLZBAU activities to increase timber construction: Timber is the building material of the future – that will be addressed in this important conference!

Forum Wood Building Baltic 2024 exhibition plan: > Download pdf

Companies interested are welcome to write a request to hugo.karre@forum-holz.com
Opportunities to participate in the exhibition: > Download pdf
Application form for exhibitors and sponsors: > Download pdf
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If you have any questions about conference program, please contact with conference chairs:

Targo Kalamees, Professor of Building Physics
Alar Just, Professor of Timber Structures
Tallinn University of Technology
Ehitajate tee 5, Tallinn
19086 Estonia

Anna Tommingas, Manager of Timber Architecture Research Center PAKK
Sille Pihlak, Dean of Faculty of Architecture
Estonian Academy of Arts
Põhja puiestee 7, Tallinn
10412 Estonia

In case of all the other organizational questions, please contact:

Eliisa Metsoja
Tallinn University of Technology
Ehitajate tee 5, Tallinn
19086 Estonia

Hugo Karre
Auenweg 2
9813 Möllbrücke
Phone +43 660 144 20 20
Fax +43 4769 233 69
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