Estonian-Norwegian Cooperation Symposium “Creating added value for wooden buildings”
23. February 2013

Estonian Woodhouse Cluster is organizing a symposium in cooperation with Royal Norwegian Embassy, Estonian Woodhouse Association, Estonian Forest and Wood Industries Association, Enterprise Estonia and Innovation Norway about marketing and architecture of energy efficient wooden buildings. 

During recent years the Estonian Woodhouse Association has been awarding people who have contributed remarkably to the promotion, development and sale of Estonian wooden houses. This year we will give the title of “Friend of Estonian Wooden House” to the Kingdom of Norway because Norway has been the main export destination for Estonian wooden houses for over a decade and our products have been well accepted and are well known in Norway.

We wish to use this opportunity to draw attention to the issues relating to the manufacturing and sale of wooden houses. With the participation of renowned experts from Estonia and Norway, the symposium will focus more precisely on the product development, export and architecture of wooden houses.

85% of Estonian wooden houses are sold abroad to foreign markets. Estonia is the second exporter of wooden houses by volume after Finland.  In this context our wooden houses manufacturers are looking for ways to add value to their products and increase the price of their products. Our experience demonstrates that through cooperation between wooden houses manufacturers and architects, engineers, and information technology sectors, as well as furniture and other building materials manufacturers we could increase both the volume of export and the value of our products.

Symposium will be held in English without translation.

Venue: Radisson Blu Hotel Olümpia conference centre, Liivalaia 33 Tallinn (Estonia)

Time: 11th of March 2013, morning coffee starts at 9.30


9.30 – 9.55       Registration, morning coffee and exhibition of wooden architecture

10.00 – 10.10   The “Friend of Estonian wooden house” title will be presented to the Norwegian ambassador Mrs Lise Kleven Grevstad by the head of board of the Estonian Woodhouse Association Mr Argo Saul.

10.10 – 10.15   Welcome words from the Norwegian Ambassador Mrs Lise Kleven Grevstad

10.20 – 10.45   Energy efficiency in wooden buildings: the importance and opportunities of product development, Mr Targo Kalamees, professor of energy efficient building at the Tallinn University of Technology and University of Helsinki.

10.50 – 11.20   Urban wood: Current trends and projects in Norway, Mr Michael Lommertz, Director for projects and sustainability, the Norwegian Association of Architects.

11.25 – 11.45   The reasons behind successful sale and export of wooden houses Mr Sven Mats, the managing director of AS Matek.

11.50 – 12.10   Possibilities in the Norwegian market, Mr Svein Tore Overå, the managing director of Nurban AS

12.15 - 12.30    Coffee break

12.30 – 13.30   Cooperation and importance of partners – panel discussion

Moderator Mr Harald Schioldborg, Trade Advisor for Estonian Export Council in Norway. 

Participation in the Symposium is free of charge. Prior registration is open until the 7th of March 2013 HERE

Norwegian – Estonian wood architecture exhibition will remain open during the symposium all day.