Open Source Wood
An open ideas platform to foster modular wood construction.
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When completed in March 2019, Mjøsa Tower in the Norwegian town of Brumunddal will be the world’s tallest wooden building. The construction, which started in early April this year, is an example of how wood can be substituted for concrete, which is considerably heavier and less environmentally friendly. The building will stand over 80 metres tall, and its 18 storeys will house offices, a hotel and apartments.
Metsä Group’s Wood Products Industry Metsä Wood has bought a 10 hectare industrial site in the city of Pärnu, Estonia and commences the construction work of the new birch plywood mill immediately.
The construction of the birch plywood mill in Pärnu is part of the 100 million euro investment program Metsä Wood published in June 2016. The program is carried out during 2017-2018.
The new mill will create approximately 200 jobs to Pärnu. The mill will start production by the second half of 2018.
The growing demand for renewable building materials calls for knowledge transfer across the globe. Eric Karsh, Principal at Equilibrium Consulting Inc., encourages all professionals to join Metsä Wood’s Open Source Wood initiative and share innovations in large-scale, modular wood construction.
The urbanisation dynamic is driving ever greater demand for taller structures in increasingly dense cities. Whether architects and construction companies meet this demand using unsustainable materials, or by employing innovative, carbon negative mass timber products such as Metsä Wood's Kerto® LVL, could make a huge difference to the liveability of the world's urban environments.
Simple and easy to use, Finnwood structural calculation software performs calculations for individual beams and columns made of Kerto® LVL and other Metsä Wood products. A user-friendly interface makes designing structural members fast, efficient and effective.
As the climate is cold, trees grow slowly and this is why the wood fibres become dense, making the wood particularly strong but light, and visually consistent.
The wood we use at Metsä Wood comes from sustainably managed Nordic forests.
Benefits of sustainable Nordic wood
Nordic wood is sustainable
Metsä Wood's Kerto® LVL is a laminated veneer lumber product used in all types of construction projects, from new buildings to renovation and repair. Kerto is incredibly strong and dimensionally stable. Kerto delivers its high strength from the homogeneous bonded structure.
In an increasingly responsible world, wood gains in importance every day. Metsä Wood wants to play a crucial part in the development and growth of this global market.