Carbon Neutral Building & Energy

About this track

The session will reflect how carbon-neutral building could be achieved. It focuses both on carbon calculating and energy transition. In 2025 carbon footprinting in new buildings becomes a mandatory requirement for a building permit. What does this mean for the building industry and the Environment? Can energy communities take us to the next level in smart energy solutions? Come and hear from top experts and learn from case examples from Finland and abroad.


Towards carbon-neutral building through carbon calculating
Energy communities in energy transition

This track is especially targeted to experts and researchers both from private and public sectors.

This track is organized by

City of Tampere

Energy Wise Cities


kasvuun Pirkanmaalla


Tuesday 28th | Room: TBA

09:00 – 09:15 Opening speech by Teppo Rantanen, City of Tampere
09:15 – 09:45 Keynote speech by Martin Brynskov, chair of the OASC
09:45 – 10:45 International Panel discussion about Sustainable future, National, Nordic and European view | Lead by Bas Boorsma, Managing Director, Cities Today Institute

Host: Managing Director and CEO Miimu Airaksinen, Finnish Association of Civil Engineers, RIL

11.00-12.15 Introduction: Carbon neutral building – International experiences

How to build a carbon-neutral future? Learnings from international best practices

Professor in Sustainable building, Holger Wallbaum, Chalmers University of Technology

The quest for sustainable buildings and districts

Project Manager, Ulla Hahn, FutureBuilt

12.15-13.15 Lunch
13.15-14.30 Towards carbon neutral building through carbon calculating

Finnish multi-story timber frame buildings, Associate Professor Markku Karjalainen, Tampere University

Carbon footprints and handprints: Searching for the balance in the built environment, Senior Specialist Matti Kuittinen, Ministry of the Environment

Case: Carbon footprint estimation tool for construction investments in Turku, Helsinki and Tampere,  Ann-Sofi Österberg and Johanna Korpikoski, City of Turku

14.30-15.00 Coffee break
15.00-16.00 Energy communities in energy transition

Energy communities – latest regulatory updates, Senior Adviser Tatu Pahkala, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment

Case: demand-response in district heating, Janne Heinonen, Enermix and Timo Heikkilä, Tampere Utility company

Case Ilokkaanpuisto – the first residential area in Europe powered by a remote photovoltaic plant, Jukka Mäkelä, Aurinkotekno

16.00-16.40 Panel and discussion: Energy communities and zero emission building in urban district

Hosted by researcher Pasi Toiviainen, Aalto University

Panelists: Ulla Hahn, Matti Kuittinen, Tatu Pahkala and Holger Wallbaum

16.40-16.50 Wrap-up and closing words
16.50  End of the program

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