The Sustainable Development Goals of the UN encourage a transition towards increasingly sustainable means of consumption and production in construction and housing. In Finland, the use of wood in construction is also on the rise in urban environments and apartment building construction.
The living laboratory, or lab, comprises a multidisciplinary research platform provided by the building, which generates measurement data on timber structures and the changes taking place in them over time with the help of, for example, an automated sensor network. Among other purposes, shared data can be used when establishing field-specific standards.
The Hyytiälä Living Lab is part of an international research and measurement network that already includes the George W. Peavy Forest Science Center (PFSC) built in Corvallis, Oregon, by Oregon State University and InnoRenew CoE, the largest timber building in Slovenia managed by the University of Primorska.
Hyytiälä’s offerings include