Open Source Wood
An open ideas platform to foster modular wood construction.
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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.
Take advantage of Metsä Wood's free online Timber Academy courses which covers all main product families including Kerto and Plywood, an overview of Metsa Wood and a course (made up of 16 modules) specifically for timber merchants in the UK. Learn the basics in short 10 minute training sessions! Completing the courses is easy: just register for the Timber Academy service, sign in and study.
How about building houses without screws? A German architect Hans-Ludwig Stell has developed a sophisticated modular system for one and two-storey house construction. This SI-Modular building system is based on Metsä Wood's Wood´s I-beams Finnjoist® and Kerto® LVL, using interlocking connections in the installation.
The Hurlingham project in London involved the construction of a sports complex including four indoor tennis courts and four squash courts. The racquet hall, designed by David Morley Architects, is 35 metres wide and 55 metres long. The main span consists of suspended steel beams. To give the courts space and reduce the costs, the beams are spaced with large gaps of 12.9 metres. To fill these gaps, the architect wanted to see wood.
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.