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Research services

A safe building and healthy indoor climate support our well-being. We investigate the condition of the property, both in terms of indoor air and structures, and identify possible repair needs.


With our expertise in indoor climate and concrete structure studies and our pollutant surveys, we design the most efficient repair solution. In our design, we take into account the structural solutions, the purpose of the premises and the totality of materials and building services systems.

Based on our research, we present proposals for measures as a starting point for repair planning, review repair options for the renovation (technical, health and economic assessment) and prepare a 10-year PTS plan. We also make an assessment of the exposure conditions for the health significance of the study results and the usability of the facilities.

We design a service package that takes into account the needs and requirements of our customers. All studies related to indoor air and structures – e.g. repair needs assessments, indoor climate and humidity condition surveys, condition assessments and surveys of concrete structures, and asbestos and contaminant surveys – can be found under one roof.

Anticipate costs with repair needs statement

In the building needs assessment and we find out the condition of the building’s structures, building materials and building services. The repair needs report provides substantiated and correct information about the condition of the building, the extent of the repairs, the time spent on the repairs and the repair costs. The building needs assessment is carried out during the project preparation phase, when the renovation of the building is current or the further use of the building is clarified.

We study building structures and building services. In terms of structures, we map the condition of the building’s interior surfaces and facades. We also make structural engineering studies, determine the condition of the structures and the materials used in the structures, as well as the contaminants in the structures, measure the humidity of the structures and assess the airtightness of the structures. The condition of facades and frame structures can be specified by condition studies and load-bearing calculations of concrete structures. The condition study of concrete structures is used to determine the condition of the structure, the quality of possible damage and safety risks. Building services surveys assess the condition and functionality of HVAC systems.

When local moisture damage is detected in the structure, it is necessary to commission water leakage and moisture damage studies.

The water leakage and moisture damage report of the building identifies the cause of the water leakage, the extent of the structural damage caused by the water leakage and proposes the necessary remedial measures. The study ensures the correct scope of repairs and does not leave any factors detrimental to indoor air quality in the structures.

When planning repairs to a building, asbestos and contaminants surveys must be carried out on the property.

The asbestos and contaminants survey of the building shall be carried out before the demolition, repair and alteration of the building is undertaken if the buildings are suspected of containing substances that are hazardous or harmful to health. The pollutant inventory of the building presents the amount, quality, location, dust class and proposed demolition method. Asbestos analyzes are performed reliably and quickly by our own testing laboratory.

Our research service

  • Repair needs statement
  • Condition study of concrete structures
  • Indoor climate and humidity condition condition studies
  • Asbestos and contaminant research
  • Condition assessments
  • Concrete damage studies and problem studies
  • Water leakage and moisture damage reports
  • Investigation of the functioning of drains
  • Building services research
  • Odor nuisance studies
  • Proactive indoor air operations

The indoor air in Savo’s vocational college is taken care of with the Healthy House concept

The Savo Education Consortium (SAKKY) has tackled the indoor air problems of educational institutions in its area with the Healthy House concept coordinated by Sweco. The collaboration will ensure that new and refurbished classrooms are clean, healthy and safe for all users.

SAKKY has been implementing the Healthy House concept in the renovation and new construction projects of its educational institutions since 2014. There were indoor air problems in the old properties, and therefore the new school buildings in Iisalmi, Varkaus, Siilinjärvi and Kuopio are being designed and built in accordance with the requirements of the Nordic Swan ecolabel and the Healthy House concept.

Ville Hakala

Research and Quality Assurance, Head of Department

Ari Timonen

Team Leader