Why is Metsä Wood doing this?
By 2050, approximately 70% of the world’s population is expected to live in urban areas. This means that we need living space for billions. At the same time, we need to fight climate change. Wood is an optimal material for urban construction as it enables faster building processes; its lightness leads to more affordable structures; and it’s the most environmentally friendly building material – it’s both a renewable resource and it battles climate change through carbon storage.
Today, however, only a fraction (5-10%) of global urban construction is wood. Not enough knowledge about modular wood design and building is shared, so wood construction remains niche. There is plenty of innovation, but it is difficult to find, we want to help change that and Open Source Wood is our solution.
Open source/open innovation processes in the software industry have led to explosive growth and much faster times for innovations to reach the market. We believe that it can do the same in our industry but there needs to be a catalyst.
By creating an open innovation platform around modular wood construction, our aim is to be that catalyst - connecting the local wood construction industry with global knowledge to facilitate collaboration and growth.
How does it work?
We are taking the first step by sharing our own intellectual property for modular Kerto® LVL wood elements - making them available freely for everyone – following the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 international license. (CC BY 4.0)
We are inviting the industry to join us - calling on architects, designers and engineers to join forces, share innovation and contribute knowledge about large-scale, modular wood construction.
To start, design submissions for building modules and elements can be made at opensourcewood.com.
We’ll provide expert advice from our engineer team for the submitted elements.
Then, we’ll be publishing those elements, along with our own designs, on an open platform which will be freely available for everyone to use, collaborate and submit designs.
Why should I participate?
Most innovation in our sector today goes largely unacknowledged beyond its locality.
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 by our platform’s expert panel.
The Open Source Wood initiative also offers the chance to efficiently collaborate with your peers – wherever they are.
We are committed to working with architects who use innovative modular wood elements for building design – giving selected professionals like yourself the chance to move their designs from your desktop to actual projects.
To support this, we will also award 30k in prizes during 2017 for innovations using our Kerto LVL product.
As the modular wood construction industry grows – everybody wins.
How does the
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 international license work?
Creative Commons licenses provide a standard way for content creators to grant someone else permission to use their work.
(CC BY 4.0) means that You are free to:
Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format
Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially.
Under the following terms:
Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.
No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.
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