WUUD - Novel wooden cladding solutions
Traditional wooden exterior cladding often falls short when it comes to durability and fire safety. Furthermore, limited progress has been made in the visual design of wooden cladding products. In the construction industry, there is a growing need for wooden products that combine durability, aesthetics, non-toxicity and fire safety perspectives.
WUUD addresses these challenges. The embossed, ready-to-install panels have appealing visual patterns in different colours. The aim is enhanced durability and fire retardancy while providing up to 50 years of maintenance freedom.
The aesthetically beautiful wood is formed via a processing method that is based on the thesis and related patent of interior architect Hemmo Honkonen. WUUD is a pioneering research project that integrates mechanical and chemical wood processing technologies into a sustainable manufacturing process.
The WUUD team comprises product development, commercialization and design professionals. Currently, manufacturing and chemical treatment is under development, with research-to-business funding scheduled to conclude by the end of June 2024. Following that, WUUD will seek architects, builders and seed funding to further propel their vision.
- Hemmo Honkonen, School of Arts, Design and Architecture
- Vesa Jääskö, School of Chemical Engineering
- Halvar Meinhard, School of Chemical Engineering
- Lauri Rautkari, School of Chemical Engineering