We create and maintain good living environment. We promote new business and use digitalisation and new technologies.

Our key research and development themes are comprehensive practical solutions, energy efficiency and life cycle economy, healthy and safe indoor conditions, circular economy and resource efficiency, as well as environmental and construction surveying and monitoring. We cooperate with professionals of the field and combine expertise of different fields.

Focus areas

We offer multidisciplinary expertise and RDI cooperation in the following focus areas:

Comprehensive practical solutions

We study practicality of building services engineering units and compatibility of technical solutions. Information modelling can be used in the planning phase to ensure that construction products, structural elements and technical systems are compatible. Energy consumption of new buildings can also be optimised by information modelling and simulation of conditions and energy consumption.

Energy efficiency and life cycle economy

We evaluate energy efficiency of buildings, determine pay-off periods for repairments, and study decentralised energy production and renewable energy. TAMK has a learning environment with a ground heat system and solar and wind power plants. It is used for studying issues related to utilisation of local energy production.

Healthy and safe indoor conditions

We study and develop accessibility and functionality of buildings as well as indoor air and lighting factors. The indoor conditions also include structural physics measurements, such as measurement of construction material discharges.

Circular economy and resource efficiency

TAMK has circular economy expertise for example in the following fields: urban cultivation, recycling of fertilisers and construction waste, study of degradability, and development of circular economy business. We participate for example in planning and implementation of local pilots. In the field of resource efficiency, we are interested in sustainable urban construction, new use possibilities of industrial by-products, and resource efficiency of the energy system.

Environmental and construction surveying and monitoring

TAMK laboratories have diverse instruments for individual and continuous construction and environmental surveing and monitoring. We survey structures and ground by means of information modelling, 3D laser scanning, and the machine control model. We also complete home inspections and energy audits.

Top projects


Finland aims at all new public buildings being nearly zero-energy buildings (nZEB) from the beginning of 2019. The COMBI project focuses on problems related to energy efficiency improvements in service buildings. COMBI is a joint project coordinated by Tampere University of Technology. TAMK focuses on building services engineering solutions. The main research methods are computation and hands-on measurements, surveys and interviews on case subjects. Read more at Project Search.

The aim of the project is to promote urban agriculture business opportunities in the Tampere Region. The basis for the project is that in addition to being a hobby urban agriculture can also be widespread and economically profitable. Surveying and reuse of urban nutrient cycles is important in developing low-carbon, energy and resource efficient and greener cities. Read more at Project Search.


The project aims at creating information to support political decision making in turning Finland's electricity production climate neutral by 2050. The main objective is to develop a roadmap for Finland's transition to a more resource efficient and climate neutral electricity system. The project of six research parties is coordinated by the University of Tampere. Read more at Project Search.

nZEB Project Competence

In Europe, new buildings will in future be near-zero energy buildings (nZEB) with a very high energy efficiency. Their low need for energy is largely produced by renewable energy sources including near-by produced renewable energy. The main goal of the project is that construction sector companies recognize nZEB construction challenges and can offer comprehensive near-zero energy use solutions. The project results will be published as an online self-study material. Read more at Project Search.


Phosphorus is a rapidly vanishing fossil mineral. Where do we have the vital phosphorus for our future food production? Human excreta is yet a rather poorly utilised fertilizer. The objective of the project is to promote reuse and utilisation of urine and dry toilet compost. Read more at Project Search.

Project search

See all projects of the focus area at Project Search.

Publications and articles

See publications and articles of the focus area:

Comparing life cycle energy, cost and profitability in building retrofit and replacement.
Eero Nippala, Juhani Heljo, 2010.

The Activation of Housing Stoch Energy Upgrading.
Eero Nippala, Terttu Vainio, 2014

Upgrading of small and micro-sized companies' business know-how.
Eero Nippala, 2015

Application of human urine from dry toilets as natural fertilizer in onion (Allium cepa L.) cultivation – an chlorophyll indicator study
Bohdziewicz, J., Cebula, J., Marcisz, M., Piotrowski, K., Przywara, L., Viskari, E.-L., 2015.

Application of halloysite sorbent for ammonia and odors removal from dry toilet facilities
Bohdziewicz, J., Cebula, J.,  Marcisz, M., Mrowiec, B., Piotrowski, K., Sakiewicz, P., Viskari, E.-L. 2015.

Gas release and ventilation in a dry toilet – comparison between different models and user rates.
4th International Dry Toilet Conference, August 22-24 2012, Tampere, Finland. Oral presentation.
Szabo, H., Tsang,P. K., Viskari, E.-L., 2012.

Dry Toilets Can Offer a Sustainable Wastewater Treatment System in Rural Areas.
4th International Dry Toilet Conference, August 22-24 2012, Tampere, Finland. Oral presentation.
Rweyendela, G.A., Viskari, E.-L., 2012.

A New Learning Environment for Sanitation and Wastewater Use at Tampere University of Applied Sciences
4th International Dry Toilet Conference, August 22-24 2012, Tampere, Finland. Oral presentation.
Viskari, E.L., Firew, T., Haapamäki, S, Yrjönen, R, Szabo, H. 2012.

Gas release and ventilation in a dry toilet – comparison between different models (I). Results.
Tsang, P.K., Szabo, H.M. and Viskari, E.-L. 2015.

Urine as fertilizer for lettuce in greenhouse conditions – growth, yield and the role of estrogens in urine
4th International Dry Toilet Conference, August 22-24 2012, Tampere, Finland. Poster presentation.
Viskari, E-L, Haapamäki, S, Mburu, C, Zambeze-Kallio, C. 2012.


Eero Nippala
Senior Lecturer
Degree Programme in Construction and Civil Engineering
+358 40 546 0174