O1. Methodological Framework

Methodological framework introduces and integrates innovative student-centered phenomenon based, research based, blended learning and social leadership approaches. Constructivism is an umbrella concept of the framework. The proposed application of the pedagogical methods is based on the pedagogical triangle (the teacher, the student, and the knowledge/content/subject to be learned). The report contains three main sections: 1) identifying the evidence to inform a methodological framework, 2) developing the methodological framework, and 3) evaluating and defining the framework.

Methodological framework is dedicated to higher education institutions, in particular teachers.

O2. Curriculum of E-learning Course “Circular Economy in Wooden Construction”

Curriculum of the new e-learning course “Circular Economy in Wooden Construction” contains 12 ECTS and is dedicated to postgraduate – MSc students, parts of the course can also be studied by last year undergraduate (BSc) students. Curriculum covers general description of the module, learning objectives, division of learning hours, detail description of 20 topics covering whole cycle of wooden construction: general information about sustainability and circular economy principles in construction, extraction of materials, production, design, construction management, building use and maintenance, building demolition and waste management, recycling, and secondary use of timber as well as two example case studies.

Curriculum can be used by higher education institutions, in particular teachers.

O3. E-learning platform

E-learning platform is dedicated to delivery of the e-learning course “Circular Economy in Wooden Construction”.  The platform contains general description of the course and 20 topics, divided into 7 sections: Sustainability & Circular Economy in Wooden Construction, Forestry and Wood Manufacturing, Design of Timber Buildings, Construction of Timber Buildings, Life Cycle Assessment, Building Occupancy & Maintenance, Building Disposal, Reuse and Recycling. Each topic contains intended learning outcomes, learning materials (texts, presentations, videos, etc.), quizzes or other tools for assessment of achievements, additional reading materials.

The platform can be used for educational and research purposes. It is open to all students, teachers, researchers and other stakeholders who are interested in circular wooden construction.

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O4. Case Studies

Case Study 1: Multiple Criteria Assessment of Modern Timber Buildings. Case study was prepared by Vilnius Gediminas Technical University. It aims to assess the sustainability of modern high-rise timber buildings using multi-criteria assessment methods in different countries, i.e. Mjøstårnet in Norway, Brock Commons in Canada, Treet in Norway, Forte in Australia, Strandparken in Sweden and Stadthaus in UK.

Case Study 2: Regeneration of Area Near “Maza Jugla” in Latvia. Case study was prepared by Riga Technical University. It contains analysis of the territory to be regenerated, analysis of user needs, sustainable regeneration solutions (alternatives), their assessment by SWOT analysis method.

Case Study 3: Regeneration of Padasjoki Sawmill Area in Finland. Case study was prepared by Häme University of Applied Sciences and LAUREA University of Applied Sciences. It contains description of an area, analysis of user needs, sustainable regeneration solutions and their assessment.

Case Study 4: LCA of Traditional and Timber House in Italy. Case study was prepared by University of Palermo. It contains description of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology and evaluation of energy and environmental performance of a traditional and a timber house in Italy.

O5. Joint Academic Publications

The list of joint academic publications includes 4 journal publications, 4 publications in conference proceedings and 18 publications in books of conference abstracts.

Publications cover topics, related to sustainable circular economy-based construction. All publications were published in open access journals/conference proceedings/books of abstracts, thus are easily accessible to students, academics, businesses and wider community. Publications can be used in education process of the students, as well as a resource for further research of teachers/researchers.