On European level construction consumes up to 50% of all available natural resources by weight. Buildings consume about 40% of energy and produce 36% of carbon dioxide emissions. In addition, construction waste and building demolition waste generate 25-30% of all waste. The share of building materials as a part of the total life cycle carbon footprint of buildings is already significant and will increase when the energy efficiency of buildings improves and the energy production systems develops.

The European Commission, member states and cities have set their own targets for carbon neutrality in the future. To achieve these goals the construction industry has to do its part as well. Construction should therefore strive for the efficient use of natural resources, improving energy efficiency and reducing the carbon footprint.

Karelia University of Applied Sciences is dedicated to support the green transition of construction sector as strategic choice. Development takes place through education, applied research and development activities as part of Construction Engineering and Building Services Engineering degree programs.

Research and development activities related to construction sector deal with the following topics:

  • Wood construction
  • Low carbon construction
  • Digitalisation

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