Why participate?

When the modular wood construction industry grows, everybody wins

We are committed to working with architects who use innovative modular wood elements for building design – giving pioneers in wood construction the chance to move their designs from the desktop to actual projects.

By sharing your innovations and insights with your fellow modular wood experts around the world, you can build a reputation for yourself internationally, and you’ll also benefit from advice and reviews of your work from our platform’s expert panel. The Open Source Wood initiative also offers the chance to collaborate effectively with your peers – wherever they are.

What others have to say

We asked professionals what they think about the idea of Open Source Wood. Some of them have already sent us designs.

Open Source Wood - share your knowledge in timber engineering

Philip Tidwelle, Aalto University, Finland“If I have learned anything in my time teaching, it is that good ideas rarely come out of thin air. Rather than a sudden breakthrough, innovations tend to arrive through the integration and development of ideas and practices over time. This is especially true for architecture and construction. Today, we need larger networks to share our ideas and to gain knowledge produced by others that may be working on similar problems.”

Philip Tidwell, Aalto University, Finland

 

Open Source Wood - share your knowledge in timber engineering

“The promotion of an open resource in timber construction is a brilliant idea. It gives people easy access to timber construction, where everyone can benefit from the knowledge of others as well as the material’s in-built sustainability.”

Clive Darrington, DG Timber, United Kingdom

 

 

 

 

Open Source Wood - share your knowledge in timber engineering

Elliot Wood logo"We believe the Open Source initiative from Metsä Wood is an important part of making the knowledge about the development of the timber technologies more widespread. The initiative is an ideal platform to both showcase to the industry what we have learnt, and to help promote the fundamental ideal of using sustainable materials."

Francisco Mena, R&D and Innovation, Elliott Wood, United Kingdom

Open Source Wood - share your knowledge in timber engineering

“I believe sharing knowledge plays an important role in our global transition towards a clean and circular economy. This is a great initiative that will push the building industry to create greener and more sustainable living environments. “

Wolf Bierens, CTO, Sustainer Homes, Netherlands

Open Source Wood - share your knowledge in timber engineering

“An industrial way of building with wood has the future: it reduces CO2 emissions and the use of fossil raw materials, and besides that is energy saving in many aspects. Metsä Wood’s Open Source Wood initiative points the way to support the growth of building with wood.

Maarten Van der Breggen, Maskerade Flexible Building System, Netherlands

Open Source Wood - share your knowledge in timber engineering

Prefab Uruguay logo“I think this initiative is fantastic. Most people do not know the importance of wood properties, so it is necessary to promote knowledge so that people can rely on wood.”

Frederico Villagrán, Technician Builder, Prefaburuguay, Uruguay

Open Source Wood - share your knowledge in timber engineering

“It is important that we share knowledge about building with wood, as it is the most sustainable material available in this era of increasing global warming and natural disasters.”

Johanna Byrne, Architect Ireland

Open Source Wood - share your knowledge in timber engineering

“[Metsä Wood’s Open Source Wood initiative] is not only profit-oriented, but also aims to solve the problem of the individual and social lives of humans, alongside the importance of the environment.”

Mohammad Jamshidi, Saman Agin Engineering Co LTD, Teheran Iran

Open Source Wood - share your knowledge in timber engineering

Jussi Björman, Metsä Wood“Being open and sharing knowledge speeds up the technical development of the timber structures due to the versatile network of people with different skillsets involved.”

Jussi Björman, Director, Technical Customer Service, Metsä Wood, Finland

How to join

Join Open Source Wood initiative 
 

Metsä Wood is building an Open Source Wood platform where professionals interested in wood construction can share their ideas and collaborate. The platform will be launched at the beginning of 2018.

Before the platform is up and running, you can upload your designs via a web form [link]. Designs uploaded by the end of this year will be eligible for the Metsä Wood Awards 2017. Prize money of EUR 30,000 will be awarded to one or more building elements or modules using Kerto® LVL (laminated veneer lumber) products as a major component. The other criteria are:

  • Fast: the design enables fast building processes.
  • Light: the design is lightweight.
  • Green: the design improves the CO2 balance of the building.