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CLEAN Project Partner Meeting

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17 - 18 May 2022
Clock 09 : 00 - 18 : 00 CET
Location In person Finland
By Project CLEAN
One of the big changes due to COVID-19 has been the shift to remote work. In the new working culture, one can flexibly work online anywhere. Modern building engineering technology can help to save energy in the new working environment with automated adjustments of temperature, ventilation and other variables. If the technology is taken into use in a large scale, even with small adjustments, the overall energy savings can be remarkable. During our CLEAN visit to North Karelia, we will familiarize with solutions that can decrease energy consumption and improve energy efficiency of living and working in the post-COVID-19 world.
The program will include a CLEAN project meeting and a thematic workshop.
The program can be organized in a hybrid format in a way that the project meeting and the thematic workshop as well as other presentations of the Regional Council of North Karelia can be shared online.
The study visits will be available only for the participants that are present in North Karelia.
STUDY VISITS
  • Meteorite —unique wood home and remote work space

The owners of Meteorite are the CEO of Thinglink Ulla-Maaria Koivula and her husband Jonathan Hull, who works for Facebook. Before COVID- 19, the family lived in the Silicon Valley, California but because of the challenges of the pandemic, they moved to Kontiolahti to the old farm of the grandparents of Ulla-Maaria. There they built an ultra-modern ecological remote work space called the Meteorite. The building is insulated by air and it uses natural ventilation. It has captured close to 60 tons of carbon dioxide into its materials. During our visit, we will get a chance to explore this very interesting energy-efficient building and discuss with its owners the opportunities of remote work in the post-COVID era.
  • METLA House — example of energy-smart office building

METLA House is an office building in Joensuu that is used by the Natural Resources Institute Finland, the European Forest Institute, the University of Eastern Finland, the Finnish Food Authority and Tax office. Finnish wood material has been used in innovative ways in the METLA House to create an inspiring working environment. The choice of wood considerably reduced energy consumption and the use of non-renewable raw materials compared to the corresponding reinforced concrete structures. Almost all of Finland’s 24 native species of tree feature in the building.
  • LVISKA—renewable energy based building automation learning environment

The North Karelia Municipal Education and Training Consortium Riveria established the LVISKA smart renewable energy based building automation learning environment in 2021 with the help of ERDF and ESF funding. The learning environment uses renewable energy sources and it enables to simulate the impact of automation on energy consumption of buildings. The learning environment will promote low-carbon building automation solutions in North Karelia, both in public and private sector and it is for the use of the Riveria students but also North Karelian municipalities and enterprises.
  • Kontiolahti social and health service center

The new Kontiolahti social and health service center opened its doors in February 2022. It is a good example of a modern service center providing both social and health services in the region. The building follows the concept of shared space, which has enabled to keep the m²s at minimum to maximize the space management efficiency and to save energy.


  • Other points of interest: North Karelia Climate and Energy Programme 2030 and action plan / Carbon Neutral Municipalities (Hinku) Network/ Cutting off emissions – efficiently towards low carbon municipalities project/ Ongoing projects of the Karelia University of Applied Sciences.