Helsinki Climathon 2017

In the Autumn I participated in Helsinki’s first ‘Climathon’, a 24 hour global competition dedicated to addressing the pressing challenges of climate change. We began the event at 10am on Thursday morning with a presentation of the challenge brief; ‘To find solutions for reusing building components for the circular economy in the Helsinki metropolitan area’. In the following twenty four hours we were guided through the issue of construction waste by industry experts including representatives from Delete and HSY, listened to several inspirational lectures on communication techniques, participated in a 3am Yoga session and most importantly got down to the hard task of trying to solve the problem of reusing building components.

Construction waste is not my area of expertise and I was lucky enough to have Yishu Niu, a lifecycle analyst and construction expert, Kaarle Rasi, a business consultant and cascading wood specialist and Mo Bakr an engineer with experience in the circular economy on my team. Together we worked through the night to come up with a solution; ‘Timberahna; creating a new market for certified reused wood’.

Currently annual C&D wood waste in Finland is 0.6 Mtons, which makes it the most common type of C&D waste material. Timberahna addressed this issue specifically by creating a streamlined deconstruction, sorting, labeling and certification system which allowed quality load bearing wooden beams to be redistributed to wood suppliers with trust and convenience. In the long-run, by implementing our solution we expect to reduce wood waste by 60%.

We pitched our idea to industry experts on Friday morning and we were lucky enough to be chosen as the winning idea.

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2 thoughts on “Helsinki Climathon 2017”

  1. […] Työpajaan osallistui noin 40 rakentamisen kiertotaloudesta kiinnostunutta yritystä ja asiantuntijaa pohtimaan teemaan liittyviä, ennalta pohdittuja liiketoimintaideoita. Työskentelyssä hyödynnettiin Tampereen teknillisen yliopiston kehittämää Impact canvas -työkalua. Työkalun tarkoituksena on auttaa konkretisoimaan ideaan liittyviä mahdollisuuksia ja haasteita sekä hahmottamaan siihen liittyvää toimijaverkostoa.  Osallistujien jalostamat ideat liittyvät vanhojen rakennusosien kuljetuspalvelujen ja digitaalisen kauppapaikan kehittämiseen, uusiin palvelumalleihin hankinnan ja purku-urakan välillä sekä puujätteen laatua parantaviin palvelumalleihin työmailla. Yritysten ja asiantuntijoiden lisäksi työpajaan osallistui opiskelijaryhmä TIMBERANHA, joka oli aiemmin syksyllä voittanut samalla teemalla järjestetyn Climathon-ideakilpailun puujätteiden hyödyntämistä koskevalla ideallaan. Työpajassa he pääsivät alan toimijaverkoston kanssa jalostamaan ideaansa eteenpäin. Lue TIMBERANHAn kokemuksia täältä. […]

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