For the first time in the wood industry, Stora Enso is developing open and industrialised building systems to increase the use of wood as a building material. Building Systems by Stora Enso includes comprehensive guidelines and descriptions on how to build wooden residential buildings up to 12 storeys. The focus is on Europe, and the main markets include Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Sweden and the UK.
The Building Systems are developed in cooperation with recognised third parties and they describe in detail all the stages of construction, from design to maintenance. They also cover country-specific regulations like acoustic, seismic or fire safety requirements.
The systems aim to provide architects, planners, investors and builders with solutions and tools for getting the best out of wood, as a material, and simplifying building in wood. In addition, Stora Enso's developers provide technical support and information about various solutions on the market.
The systems reduce the time spent on planning and logistics, as well as the time spent at the construction site, thus making overall construction time significantly shorter and more competitive.
For a large company like Stora Enso, the partnership network allows better connection to construction companies and end users. Building Systems are based on components such as cross-laminated timber and laminated veneer lumber. Stora Enso supplies the wooden components within the systems, such as walls, floor and ceiling elements, and beams, as well as the accessories and fasteners required for installation. These are all supplied through partner networks.
"We are now in a position to share our accumulated wood-building expertise. However, we are not a construction company, nor are we the architects creating tomorrow´s houses," says Mathieu Robert, director of Stora Enso's Building Solutions. "Thus, we need partners to team up with, partners who also believe they can make a difference. Together, we are building a great platform for developing the ecosystem and can be forerunners in related technology development."
The focus on the increased use of wood in construction comes at just the right time. Megatrends such as population growth, urbanisation, global warming and eco awareness generate a global demand for efficient construction and sustainable living. Stora Enso aims to gain market shares against competing materials such as concrete and steel, and this is where wood products can make a difference. The growing forest binds carbon dioxide and the wooden buildings store carbon for decades, or even centuries, keeping it out of the atmosphere, where it would add to global warming. Wood is the only fully renewable building material and is unbeatable from an environmental perspective. Stora Enso will continue its development work by launching new rib panel components in 2018.