Sustainable, High-Performance Building Solutions in Wood (HiBiWood)

The HiBiWood project promotes environmentally friendly, sustainable, high-performance building solutions in wood. In the near future timber buildings will form a much bigger part of the European and international built environment. In the future sustainable high-performance buildings in wood will be designed and constructed with environmentally friendly wood components, but some amount of steel and concrete construction materials will still remain to satisfy structural, fire prevention, moisture absorption and economic requirements. Using the combination of wood, concrete and steel will provide sustainable solutions to building structures as well as potential to improve building performance and design.
Architects and engineering companies have already started designing high-performance modern wooden buildings. However, now higher education of designers and engineers mostly focuses on steel and concrete buildings, and sometimes on low-rise wooden buildings. In order to satisfy the needs of the employment market, it is necessary to prepare students with innovative applied skills in the area of design, construction and onsite construction management of high-performance building construction in wood.

To educate a new generation of students, it is necessary to develop and integrate an innovative multi-disciplinary B.Sc./B.A. study module.
Project HiBiWood aims to fulfill the future demands in higher education of students in sustainable, high-performance building construction in wood by transnational and trans-disciplinary innovative student-centered learning approaches.


  1. To develop and deliver a new trans-disciplinary module on sustainable, high-performance wooden building systems, which meets the needs of the HEIs and employment market representatives.
  2. To improve competencies of students and teachers in problem solving and team work, innovative thinking, motivation, awareness of cross-professional project input and project management by using Project Based Learning (PBL), learning by doing and blended learning approaches.
  3. To educate all participants (students, teachers, entrepreneurs) in the field of the sustainable, high-performance building solutions in wood construction.
  4. To ensure open awareness of the project results to local, national, EU level and international target groups.

The project will be implemented by five HEI’s and one company from Latvia, Lithuania, Austria, Poland and Finland.
Main target groups are higher education institutions, in particular teachers/trainers and BSc/BA students, whose specialization is directly related to architecture, civil engineering,