Metsä Wood's year 2017

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The highlight stories of last year

In 2017 we published plenty of good stories about wood construction. Here are the highlights in case you missed them:

Open Source Wood Initiative

Metsä Wood launched The Open Source Wood initiative to accelerate innovation in wood construction industry. We are calling on architects and engineers to share their knowledge about prefabricated wood elements to grow the use of wood in construction.

The first ever Open Source Wood Hackathon was organised in Nantes, France in December. The Challenge was to create an innovative wood element for building design in multidisciplinary teams, mentored by experts.

A new platform for sharing ideas will be launched in soon. Stay tuned at

New projects and reference cases

The temporary wooden market hall in Östermalm turned out to be a bright, luminous, modern and truly welcoming place with stores and restaurants. The temporary market hall has almost doubled the number visitors per week compared to the old hall. Glulam and Metsä Wood’s Kerto® LVL beams were used in the roof’s grid structure, which is a strong shape, but makes the construction appear lighter and requires less material. A fire protection treatment on the wooden parts guarantees the fire safety of the temporary market hall.

Read more about the Östermalm’s temporary wooden market hall

See also:

Wooden Dome of visions 3.0

Hurlingham Racquet Centre’s light green roof features Kerto® LVL elements

At 18 storeys, Mjøsa Tower in Brumunddal to take title of world’s tallest wooden building

Wood construction battles climate change through carbon storage

One of the most important ways to mitigate climate change is to find new ways of capturing carbon from the atmosphere. As the building sector contributes up to 30% of global annual greenhouse gas emissions, it plays a vital role in battling climate change. Wood construction is a part of the solution. Did you know timber products lock approximately 1 ton of CO2 per 1 m3 of wood?

Read the full article about wood as a carbon storage

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Partnerships in industrial wood element construction

The construction industry is undergoing a major transition, with construction moving from building sites to off-site manufacturing. Industrially standardised products increase the quality and efficiency of construction. The turnaround time on building sites is shortened and the amount of errors reduced, and there is hardly any wastage of materials.

Metsä Wood has been making long-term efforts to find permanent partners for industrial wood construction. The aim is to develop an ecosystem based on Kerto LVL (laminated veneer lumber) products.

In 2017 we launched the innovative L-panel as part of the Kerto® LVL product range. Designed with light and non-load-bearing applications in mind, Metsä Wood’s new L-panels are up to 10 per cent lighter than the rest of the Kerto® LVL products, while still delivering exceptional dimensional stability.

See also:

Metsä Wood invests in partnerships in industrial wood element construction

Prefabricated Kerto LVL elements in a partnership with Dupac

Metsä Wood expands the Kerto® LVL product range

For more information, please contact:

Henni Rousu, Communications Manager, Metsä Wood,

tel. +358 40 554 8388,

Metsä Wood provides competitive and environmentally friendly wood products for construction, industrial customers and distributor partners. We manufacture products from northern wood, a sustainable raw material of premium quality. Our sales in 2016 were EUR 0.5 billion, and we employ about 1,500 people. Metsä Wood is part of Metsä Group.

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