Renovation and service life engineering of structures

The team studies the performance of old structures as well as the maintenance of existing structures during the buildings life cycle.

Research focus and goals

The key themes are methods of construction and renovation and related selection criteria that produce a functioning and long-lasting end result. The team also conducts condition assessments aimed at selection of the proper repair method.

The team is increasingly focusing on life-cycle analyses of structures. The group also has a long tradition of studying the long-term durability of structures and materials, but it also actively develops new products for both new construction and renovation together with construction sector actors.

The group is also involved in active testing and quality assurance of construction products and development.

The target of Renovation and service life engineering of structures research group is to be one of the internationally recognised spearhead areas of the Department of Civil Engineering.

The aim of the renovation and service life engineering of structures research team is to serve the domestic construction industry so that it feels that the team and the entire Civil Engineering Department are its key research partner.

Recent projects:

  • AVATER  Keys to healthy and moisture safe building (2015-2017)
  • Winter tires  Renovation of facades and balconies during winter (2016-2017)
  • HKPro3  Assessment of state-supported mould remediation projects, follow-up research (2014-2015)
  • Energy efficiency, life-cycle costs and carbon footprint effects of added glazing and glazed space in Nordic climate (2014-2017)
  • BEEP  Best Energy Efficient Construction and Training Practices (2013-2014)
  • ReUSE  Reconstruction of pre-cast concrete panels (2013-2014)
  • BeKo-INT (2013-2014)
  • Proceed of corrosion damage of concrete facades and modelling in Finnish outdoor climate  - Proceed (2012-2015)

Contact persons

Matti Pentti

Professor / team leader

matti.pentti [at]

+358 40 535 2305


Jukka Lahdensivu

Research manager

jukka.lahdensivu [at]