SUPER Theme: Ecological

Projects and initiatives within the SUPER Ecosystem that help make indoor living safe, and its maintenance environmentally friendly

Healthy living and green maintenance making buildings safe and sustainable throughout their lifetimes

Areas of interest:

  • Durable flame retardants for wood that do not alter the appearance of the material
  • Indoor climate analysis and emission encapsulation
  • Moisture management
  • Sustainable insulation and waterproofing materials

Passive flux measuring system 

Creating a healthy living environment, especially given the complex processes in urban (or semi-urban) environments, requires data that we can only obtain with complex measuring instruments. Current FLEC (Field and Laboratory Emission Cell) measuring systems are prone to inaccurate measurements due to their technical specifications. 

To solve this issue, staff at Kiilto, in collaboration with the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health and researchers from Aalto University, conducted a project to develop a more reliable alternative. This passive flux measuring system, as the name suggest, relies on analysing the contaminant content of an enclosed space, rather than on measuring the contaminants in a continuous airflow. 

Moisture management  

Most health problems related to indoor air quality arise from inadequate moisture management. This is most apparent in the cases in which excess moisture is trapped in material layers, leading to the growth of mold, resulting in health problems and the potential deterioration of materials. 

Research projects are thus being undertaken within the SUPER ecosystem to understand moisture-related behaviour in these layers. Additionally, there is a greater focus on the moisture retention of low-carbon concretes and how it influences indoor air quality and material lifetimes.  


Mika Ronkainen, RDI Manager

– “Keeping our indoor environment healthy and sustainable”