The ''Sustainable Building Technologies- Community of Practice'' (SBTCP) project by Karelia UAS in collaboration with Salzburg UAS and Jade UAS aims to enhance the sustainable development of timber construction through using advanced expertise and technologies. The project is funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland and Karelia UAS is the coordinating organisation of this project. The project started at the end of 2021 and has played an eminent role in bringing international students from cross-border countries together via workshops and research activities. As a significant part of these international student activities, the SBTCP project hosted the internship activities of Dominik Auclair from Jade UAS, Oldenburg, Germany. During his internship, he had the opportunity to work and share ideas with multidisciplinary experts from Karelia UAS. He was in involved in activities such as background research work for the SBTCP project, as well as construction company and site visits; which eventually supported him to develop his bachelor thesis topic and research further.
The SBTCP project has three fundamental pillars of research activities: 1) sustainable buildings, 2) material sciences, and 3) building information modelling. The sustainability perspective from Karelia UAS resulted in eight possible research topics extensively focusing on the competitiveness of timber construction and sustainable environmental aspects of timber as a building material in cities. After conducting several literature reviews on sustainability, circularity, and competitiveness of timber construction, Dominik’s bachelor thesis titled ‘Modular Timber Construction’ was shaped, which focused on the flexibility and sustainability aspect of modular timber construction techniques.
Dominik’s internship activities have been supervised by Prof. Sebastian Hollermann from Jade UAS, and Timo Pakarinen and Shammi Keya from Karelia UAS. In this report we share the background research work conducted by Dominik Auclair. This has been a successful collaboration activity within the SBTCP project and we look forward to continuing this successful cooperation between Karelia UAS and Jade UAS.