Open Source Wood Question and answers

Open Source Wood

An open ideas platform to foster modular wood construction.

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General questions

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.

Why Open Source?

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
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.

Full details of the license

Terms of Use

The submitted designs are uploaded in the web service called to be launched later by Metsäliitto Cooperative (Metsä Wood). The use of the service is subject to the Terms of Use available here and you agree that  the Terms of Use apply to your designs whether or not you use the service. Especially,  you agree to license the designs under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license (available at

Questions about the award

What is the award?

To support the initiative, Metsä Wood will award 30k in prizes during 2017 for innovations in modular element design using its Kerto LVL products.

  • First prize 10 000 €
  • Second prizes 5 000 €
  • Third prizes 2 000 €

Criteria – Fast, Light, Green

  • Building elements / modules using Kerto LVL-products as a major component:
    • Fast: The design enables fast building processes
    • Light: The design is light weight
    • Green: The design improves the CO2 balance of building.

The deadline for submissions is 31.12.2017.

Technical/submission questions

What can I submit in Open Source Wood?

Designs for building modules and elements can be submitted.
The element design must be (at minimum) 50% from wood.
The submission must be a file size of 5MB or less.

How do I submit designs?

Visit and you will find the online form to submit building module and element designs.

Mandatory fields are the element name and type, key benefit, and description.

Element design submissions can be in pdf, dwg, ifc file type and must be in a file size of 5MB or less.

What happens to my submissions?

Submissions are immediately received by Metsä Wood and you will receive a confirmation email. Upon receipt, your submission will be reviewed by Metsä Wood’s expert engineer team to ensure that basic criteria are met. Metsä Wood engineers will also offer expert advice on submitted designs as a complimentary part of the initiative. Submissions will then be published via an open online platform which will be freely available for everyone to use, collaborate and submit designs. Timing – autumn 2017.

How does collaboration take place?

In the first phase of Open Source Wood you will have access to our expert team of engineers for collaboration. In the second phase, when the full platform goes live, you will be able to collaborate via the open online platform. (CC BY 4.0 license)

Do I have to only submit designs for building modules and elements or is other content accepted?

If you have other content that you would like to submit as part of Open Source Wood, for example articles or white papers, please contact

Is there any quality validation or moderation?

Yes, Metsä Wood experts will be moderating and validating quality of submissions.

How do I get more specific answers to technical questions?

Please contact