Current position at VTT
Research Co-ordinator, Senior Research Scientist
Research background and current research topics
From 1982 to 1990, R&D topics concerned mainly structural performance of concrete structures and development of experimental methods; from 1991 to 1998 the activities concerned R&D of composite and mixed construction, and quality assurance of steel structures. Since 1998, the projects dealt mainly with overall performance and accessibility of buildings as well as R&D on building systems. In 2001 and 2002, work concentrated to product approval, certification and quality assurance, also at European level. Since 2004, the work content has been diverse from Structures R&D to marketing and selling activities and development of internal service and innovation processes. Work experience includes five years as Group/Team Manager and two years as Customer Manager.
Currently, main topics concern eco-efficiency of products, buildings and built environment, and innovation processes in the real estate and construction sector.
Current major research projects at VTT
Scenarios for real estate and construction sector, VTT’s Innovation Programme “Eco-efficient intelligent built environment”
Procore-Prospects of collaborative research and innovation for the built environment
Master of Science (Technology), Helsinki University of Technology, 1979
Licentiate of Science (Technology) - predoctoral postgraduate degree worth about 120 ECTS credits - Helsinki University of Technology, 2002
1.1.2008 - Research Co-ordinator, Senior Research Scientist Co-ordination of R&D in the field of built environment, VTT
1.1.2008 - 31.5.2008 Special teacher of courses for strength of materials and design of building envelopes, Helsinki Polytechnic Stadia
1.1.2007 - 31.12.2007 Customer Manager, emphasis on construction products, VTT
1.1.2007 - 31.5.2007 Special teacher courses for strength of materials and design of concrete structures, Helsinki Polytechnic Stadia
1.1.2006 - 31.1.2006 Customer Manager, Team leader for Structures R&D, VTT
1.1.2004 - 31.12.2005 Group Manager for Structures R&D, VTT
1.4.2003 - 31.12.2003 Leading Assessor Certification and European technical product approvals, VTT
1.1.2002 - 31.3.2003 Group Manager for Quality inspection and testing of wooden products, VTT
1.6.1990 - 31.12.2001 Senior Research Scientist Research and product development of steel-concrete composite and steel structures & Quality inspection of sandwich and steel structures, VTT
1.1.1996 - 31.12.1998 Member of the Steering Committee of Quality Inspection of Steel Structures TLT ry
15.9.1994 - 15.12.1994 Visiting scientist TNO Technical research centre of the Netherlands
1.1.1984 - 31.5.1990 Research Scientist, including Group manager for experimental structures research in 1989, VTT Laboratory of Concrete and Silicate Technology
2.5.1982 - 31.12.1983 VTT’s Co-ordinator of the “Research Hall” building project
1.1.1980 - 30.4.1982 Structural designer for new buildings and renovations Mikko Vahanen Consultants, Helsinki
Positions of trust and professional assignments
VTT Internal network of LCA researchers. Co-ordinator 2009.
FP7, Research Fund for Coal and Steel. Evaluator of proposals 16.-20.11.2009.
The European Network of Building Research Institutes ENBRI, Member of the RTD
Committee 1.10.2009 -
E2B Association, Member of the Working Group 2, Buildings, 13.5.2009 -
International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction
CIB. Member of the Committee TC71 Research and Innovation Transfer. 1.6.2008 -
Co-author of the Research Agenda and proposal of the Strategic Centre for
Science, Technology and Innovation for Built Environment, RYM-SHOK, to the
Ministry of Employment and Economy. Helsinki January 2009. A honorary medal
was awarded to the preparatory team of the RYM-SHOK proposal by the
Association of Finnish Civil Engineers, RIL.
Conference Sustainable Building SB10, Sustainable Building Affordable for All,
Member of Scientific Committee. Algarve, Portugal 17.-19.3.2010.
Conference Sustainable Building SB07, Member of Scientific Committee. Lisbon,
Portugal, 12 – 14, September 2007.
European Convention for Constructional Steelwork ECCS, Member of the Technical
Committee TC14, Sustainable and Eco-efficient Steel Building 1.2.2008 -
3rd Int. Conf. Clients Driving Innovation: Benefiting from Innovation.
12-14.3.2008 Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. Organised by Cooperative
Research Centre CRC for Construction Innovation. Session Chair.
Vice-Chair of COST C25 Action, “Sustainability of Constructions - Integrated
Approach to Life-time Structural Engineering” 3.10.2006 -
European Steel Technology Platform ESTEP, Member of WG 3 “Construction and
Infrastructure”, 1.9.2004 –; Co-author of the Strategic Research Agenda of
ESTEP on steel construction.
COST Action C12, Improving buildings structural quality by new technologies,
member of the WG 3 "Urban design" and member of the Editorial and Scientific
Committee, 2001 - 31.1.2005.
Member of Working Groups of the European Organisation for Technical Approvals,
02.05/01&02, Cold Storage Premises
02.04/01, Metal Frame Building kits
02.04/02 Concrete Frame Building Kits.
Lecturer on ETA and CE marking procedures in liaison meetings, 2000 - 2003.
Co-ordinator of the national EOTA organisation of VTT (EOTA = European
Organisation for Technical Approvals) VTT Building and Transport 2001 - 2003,
Member of the Certification Group of VTT Building and Transport 1997 - 2003.
VTT’s representative in the accessibility group of the Future Home Institute
at University of Industrial Design and Art Helsinki, 25.3. - 31.12.1998.
European Convention for Constructional Steelwork ECCS, Member of the Working
Group 7.6, Composite slabs 1.7.1989 - 15.3.1997; co-author of the ECCS
Koukkari, H. 2010. Transformation of a research centre toward an innovation partner in the construction sector. Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management 17(2010)1, p.89-98. ISSN 0969-9988.
Koukkari, H. & Nors, M. (eds.) 2009. Life cycle assessment of products and
technologies. LCA Symposium 6.10.2009, VTT Technical Research Centre of
Finland. VTT Symposium 262. Espoo. ISBN 978-951-38-7585-5.
Koukkari, H. 2009. Interdisciplinary Methods in Life-time Structural Engineering (Keynote lecture). Graditeljstvo i odrzivi razvoj – Civil Engineering and Sustainable Development. Belgrade, Serbia 4.-5.6.2009. Society for Testing Materials and Structures of Serbia & Faculty of Civil Engineering of the University of Belgrade. p. 167 - 180.
Koukkari, H. 2008. LCA of an existing building (Keynote lecture). Symp. on Urban habitat constructions under catastrophic events. COST Action C26 & University of Malta. Valletta, Malta, 23.-25.10.2008. ISBN 978-99909-44-42-6. p. 505 - 508.
Koukkari, H. & Sarvaranta, L. 2005. Ageing challenges in the construction sector . International Journal of Strategic Property Management. Vol. 9 (2005) No: 2, 91 - 97.
Heli Koukkari's publications in VTT Publications Register
Research Co-ordinator, Senior Research Scientist
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