Stora Enso combats housing shortage with modular construction
Finland’s and central Europe’s increasing housing shortage has caused Stora Enso to develop new construction concepts.
The company will begin building wooden modules that can be used to assemble high-quality houses quickly. Tekniikka & Talous, a Finnish magazine, was the first to report the news.
The modules, manufactured in Finland and Austria, can be built in as little as a couple of hours and transported by lorry to the construction site.
“Customers challenged us to develop quick-to-build, high-quality flats that would be equally suitable for refugees, schools and student housing. We have designed three different modules, including a living module, kitchen and bathroom and toilet facilities. They are prefabricated to the largest extent possible, much like ships’ cabins,” Jari Suominen, head of Wood Products Division at Stora Enso, told Tekniikka & Talous.
The modules, built from solid-wood CLT elements, are manufactured in Austria where Stora Enso has two CLT plants. The modules intended for the Finnish market will be built in Hartola.
Stora Enso is currently erecting its first LVL plant in Varkaus, Finland, with an investment of 43 million euros. Its products can be used for building modules, similarly to CLT. The plant is scheduled for completion in the second quarter of 2016.