Charred wood science for sustainable future of constructions

  • Kymäläinen, Maija (Principal investigator)

Project Details


The changing climate and dwindling natural resources are pushing us towards a low-carbon society also in construction sector, where heavier reliance on wooden materials is needed. Wood is a challenging material: susceptibility to moisture and photo- and biodegradation decrease service life, while repetitive maintenance operations increase life cycle costs. Surface charring of wood is a fast and simple method to increase durability. The method provides a natural, non-toxic surface with multitude of possibilities in use from facades to load-bearing features, diverse appearances, and reduced maintenance costs. The CHARFACE project thoroughly investigates the questions related to mechanical and physical properties of surface charred wood. The results of this project are important for future wood architecture, as charring is a very promising method to ensure advanced characteristics in an environmentally friendly manner, additionally providing an aesthetically pleasing surface.
Effective start/end date01/09/201830/11/2022

Collaborative partners

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action


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