WOODforHEALTH – promoting safe and extended use of wood products in health buildings through development of antimicrobial surfaces, hygiene concepts, and guidelines

Project status


Project execution time

01.01.2022 to 31.12.2024

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Project number

ERA-NET Cofund ForestValue/145

Project manager

Bruno Andersons

Call, activity

ERA-NET Cofund ForestValue

Project goal

WOODforHEALTH will promote safe and increased use of wood products through the development of antimicrobial surfaces, hygiene concepts and by providing the first extensive guideline for use of wood in healthcare buildings. This will be in response to demands from both the construction industry, investors and owners of healthcare buildings. The research team will explore the limits and potentials for wood products in healthcare buildings with an emphasis on surface aspects and use this exercise to develop a guideline. The aim of WOODforHEALTH is to meet these requirements with wood products whose uncoated and coated surfaces are holistically characterised for their technical, environmental, and economic performance.

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Project financing: Project WOODforHEALTH is supported under the umbrella of ERA-NET Cofund ForestValue by Ministry of the Environment of Finland, Latvian Council of Science, the Research Council of Norway and Vinnova Sweden's Innovation Agency. ForestValue has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N° 773324. Project overall budget: 1 300 000 EUR , LSIWC budget 210 000 EUR.

Project coordinator contact data: Dr. Vesa Virtanen (vesa.virtanen@oulu.fi).

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