Tallinn University of Technology

We invite you to participate in the Forum Wood Building Baltic 2019 to be held in Tallinn, Estonia.

27 February – 1 March 2019

The conference is a fantastic opportunity for practitioners and scientists to meet and exchange experiences and to learn from the best within the field. Forum Wood Building Baltic is the main conference for technical topics of wooden buildings: building physics, fire safety, and wooden nearly zero energy buildings etc. in the countries around Baltic Sea. The conference is a part of the international organization Forum Holzbau.

Experience lectures from international speakers accompanied by an exhibition where different organizations show their latest products and services. The building industry, designers, researchers and building authorities will come together to learn, find inspiration and exchange experiences.

Conference participants will get certificates with continuing education credit points as follows:

  • 16,7 continuing education credit points for the civil engineer qualification;

  • 15,3 continuing education credit points for the energy performance of buildings qualification


Full articles



Full conference program is available HERE.

Pre-conference tour

Registration for the pre-conference tour is closed!

Hundred years of wooden buildings in Tallinn

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27 February 12.00-18.00

Guide: Lauri Monvelt
12.00 Start: Kultuurikatel
12.00-12.30 Kalamaja - wooden district
13.00-14.30 Harmet – module house manufacturer
15.00-16.00 Timbeco Woodhouse – factory
16.30-17.30 Viimsi High School
18.00 End: Kultuurikatel

Full articles

Here you can find a selection of conference articles. For other articles please contact with the publisher.

Articles published in the Journal of Sustainable Architecture and Civil Engineering:


Stefan Winter is a professor at the Chair of Timber Construction and Structural Design at Technical University of Munich since 2003. He has been Finnish Distinguished Professor of Energy Efficient Timber Houses and Building Areas at Aalto University (2009 – 2012).

Professor Stefan Winter is a co-owner of a Civil Engineering Consulting Company (bauart Konstruktions GmbH&Co KG) since 1994 and also a member of a number of National and European Standardisation Committees

His presentation will be on "New generation of Eurocodes - with a special eye on Eurocode 5".

Kristina Mjörnell is VP Business & Innovation Area Sustainable Cities and Communities, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden. Adjunct Professor and Docent in Building Physics, LTH, Sweden. Her main research has been on moisture safety in buildings and sustainable renovation. Kristina has 5 years of experience working as a consultant with building environmental issues in the construction industry and 15 years at SP/RISE working as project leader, platform leader, coordinator of research activities, networks, initiation, planning and realization of research and development projects. The presentation will be on “Moisture safety of wooden buildings” covering aspect from design, construction to operation, and maintenance.

Hermann Kaufmann was born in 1955 in Reuthe, Bregenzerwald, Vorarlberg, the son of an old carpenter's family. At that time the assistance in the parental company was a matter of course and there he got to know very directly the possibilities and the fascination of the building material wood, but also the kind of technical thinking, which significantly influenced his work as an architect. The decision to study architecture was also influenced by his uncle Leopold Kaufmann, a pioneer in timber construction and protagonist of Vorarlberg architectural development, where he learned the tools of the architectural profession as a summer trainee. He completed his studies at the Technical University of Innsbruck and at the Technical University of Vienna, where he was decisively influenced by his teacher Prof. Ernst Hiesmayr. His attitude as an architect is shaped by the ideas of classical modernism as well as the confrontation with the context. The central theme of his work is the search for comprehensive answers to the topics of sustainability in building and exploring the possibilities of modern timber construction. Numerous halls for carpentry and other industries testify to its purposeful design concepts for the wooden structures, which are equally effective for community halls architecturally refined. In addition to many single-family homes, restrained renovations of old buildings in sensitive village structures complement the list of works and prove his fine sense in dealing with the existing building culture and the landscape. Residential construction has become a major task, especially in connection with wood and energy issues, as well as school construction and public buildings. He began his teaching career as a visiting lecturer at the Liechtenstein Engineering School and as a visiting professor at Graz University of Technology and the University of Ljubljana. Since 2002 he is Professor at the Institute for Construction Engineering and Design at the Technical University of Munich, Department of Timber Construction.

His presentation will be on "Future of timber architecture" and includes the following topics:

  • The increasing possibilities for architects to work with wood

  • The beauty of wooden buildings

  • The challenge and the chances with new construction methods in timber

Lars Gullbrekken works as a Research Scientist at the Department of Architecture, Materials and Structures at the SINTEF Building and Infrastructure. In May 2018 he got his PhD degree with a thesis titled “Climate adaptation of pitched wooden roofs“ The presentation includes the following topics:

  • The Norwegian tradition of wooden roofs

  • Typical building defects in the Norwegian pitched roofs

  • Highly insulated wooden roofs

  • Field investigation of a pitched wooden roof

  • Air cavity design guidelines


Baltic Timber Construction Forum 2019 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.

Address: Tallinn Creative Hub (Kultuurikatel), Põhja puiestee 27a, Tallinn 10415, Estonia



  • Alar Just, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia
  • Targo Kalamees, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia

  • Raimondas Bliudzius, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania
  • Anatolijs Borodiņecs, Riga Technical University, Latvia
  • Edgars Bukšāns, Forest and Wood Products Research and Development Institute, Latvia
  • Tomas Gečys, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Lihtuania
  • Gerhard Fink, Aalto University, Finland
  • Stig Geving, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
  • Pär Johansson, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
  • Saulius Kavaliauskas, Lihtuania
  • Jarek Kurnitski, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia
  • Roode Liias, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia
  • Ruut Peuhkuri, Aalborg University, Denmark
  • Lina Seduikyte, Kaunas University of Technology, Lihtuania
  • Janis Sliseris, Riga Technical University, Latvia
  • Berit Time, SINTEF, Norway
  • Mattia Tiso, Italy
  • Eero Tuhkanen, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia
  • Juha Vinha, Tampere University of Technology, Finland
  • Paula Wahlgren, Chalmers University of Technology
  • Petter Wallentén, Lund University, Sweden
  • Norman Werther, Technical University of Munich, Germany
  • Stefan Winter, Technical University Munich, Germany

  • Alar Just, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia
  • Targo Kalamees, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia
  • Eero Tuhkanen, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia
  • Merili Deemant, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia
  • Tiia Ruben, Estonian Association of Civil Engineers
  • Lauri Kivil, Estonian Woodhouse Association
  • Henrik Välja, Estonian Forest and Wood Industries Association
  • Erik Konze, Estonian Forest and Wood Industries Association