BSEC 24th-25th February 2010

Finnforest demonstrates timber vision for school buildings

Published: 22/01/2010 00:00

Finnforest will once again be exhibiting its range of engineered timber solutions for the construction of sustainable school buildings that deliver on the environmental demands of the school of the future. Visitors to BSEC can discover Finnforest’s wide product range and technical expertise on stand 938.


With material selection, energy performance and acoustics at the heart of building fabric design for school buildings, timber systems and in particular engineered timber solutions are increasingly being specified. Incorporating a range of benefits, such products are versatile and, when supported with Finnforest’s technical expertise, provide bespoke solutions to exceeding the building regulations, complying with standards and achieving higher BREEAM ratings.

Finnforest’s Kerto and Glulam products have a high strength to weight ratio, making them ideal for use in prefabricated, offsite solutions for lightweight buildings that deliver heavyweight benefits in thermal performance, material saving, time efficiencies, lower running costs and aesthetic quality. Comprising Kerto, the Kerto-Ripa system at BSEC has two key wide-span applications, flooring and roofing, making it ideal for the construction of educational spaces.

Kerto-Ripa can be used to create long clear roof spans of up to 18m without columns or beams, delivering much greater design flexibility and internal space utilization. Providing an ideal solution for flat or low-pitched roofs, the Kerto-Ripa System can be prefabricated according to the thermal requirements of a project. With high speed installation of up to 1,000m2 a day a genuine benefit of the system, buildings can be made weatherproof very quickly, reducing the need for protective coverings during construction.

Leno, Finnforests prefabricated large-scale cross-laminated timber panel system offers a panellised approach to school building design without the constraints of frame-based or modular construction systems. Thanks to its slim sections a Leno building enables the design of wider interior spaces, while maintaining the dimensional stability and durability of traditional solid constructions.

Not only is it the thermal performance, efficient installation and environmental soundness of building materials that are important to the design of school buildings, but aesthetics also play a vital role. Finnforest’s ThermoWood cladding can be used to enhance school buildings, applied either to the external or internal walls. Produced by heating high-grade softwood in steam-heated kilns to temperatures in excess of 212oC, Finnforest ThermoWood is a material that will not shrink, warp, distort or leak resin and that will last considerably longer than conventional softwood timber cladding. It is dimensionally stable and requires no additional chemical preservative.

“School building design is as much about the long term viability of the materials and systems used, as it is about the efficiencies with which they can be designed to work together and constructed in the short term,” explains Kevin Riley,  Building Solutions Directior for Finnforest, “Engineered timber embodies all the characteristics to deliver on the long-term requirements of a sustainable school building and with full PEFC certification and chain of custody accreditation, Finnforest is the ideal partner for local authority projects and BSF schemes.”