Finland’s breadth of wood construction expertise is one of the drivers of its booming industrial wood construction market, says Sari Toivonen of Invest in Finland.
Sisco, a residential construction company specialising in ecological wood construction, celebrated the opening of its new assembly and logistics centre in Vantaa, Southern Finland, on 31 March, 2017.
The almost 9,000 square-metre facility manufactures wood modules and elements from laminated veneer lumber (LVL) produced by Metsä Wood. Sisco has already finished building the first ecological blocks of flat and is looking to wrap up several additional high-rise projects by the end of the year.
The co-operation between Sisco and Metsä Wood is an excellent example of the wide variety of wood construction expertise in Finland, says Sari Toivonen, a senior advisor for clean-tech and bioeconomy at Finpro’s Invest in Finland.
“Finland has a vast forest reserve and wealth of expertise in wood construction. We truly have the entire ecosystem here – from forests to wood modules and elements, and thereon to modular buildings. All that has added up to a booming industrial wood construction market,” she highlights.
Metsä Wood’s LVL billets are produced from fully traceable, home-grown softwood veneers, which are glued together to form sheets according to the requirements of customers. The end result is a durable, yet lightweight, hygroscopic construction material that is dimensionally accurate and environmentally friendly.
Sisco is similarly committed to ecological sustainability. All of its modular buildings are insulated exclusively with natural materials and equipped with roof-mounted solar panel systems to ensure they are as energy self-efficient as possible.
Lauri Halminen, the chief executive of Sisco, is confident that massive modular construction can become a cornerstone of sustainable housing production in the future.
“One of the key factors in terms of cost-efficiency is having in-house architecture and structural engineering teams. We try to take advantage of our existing, proven solutions as much as possible. We try to duplicate, but by no means does that result in architecturally boring buildings,” he assures.
Sisco has also declared its interest in exploring export opportunities for its products – much to the delight of Toivonen. “Sisco is an encouraging example of a company that seeks growth both in the domestic and international markets. It’s obvious that there are great global business opportunities within the sector,” she rejoices.