Stora Enso launches wood building kit for low-carbon, pre-manufactured construction

Wood as a building material can instantly cut up to 70% of emissions and this way ensure that the construction industry is part of the solution to end global warming (Image: Stora Enso)

Stora Enso has launched a wood building kit comprising pre-manufactured, custom-made applications delivered just-in-time to the building site, called Sylva.

The kit aims to enable faster construction, reduced costs, more efficient use of raw material and fewer emissions than concrete or steel.

“One of the major reasons why the construction industry’s carbon emissions have reached its highest level is its constant over-reliance on carbon-intensive materials such as steel and concrete,” said Lars Völkel, executive vice-president and head of the wood products division at Stora Enso.  

“Recent engineering innovations based on massive wood will wean the dependence on these materials. Today we can build higher, stronger and lighter than ever with wood, and now we make it even easier thanks to Sylva.”

Sylva is Stora Enso’s range of engineered and prefabricated products such as cross-laminated timber (CLT), laminated veneer lumber (LVL) and glued laminated timber (GLT).

The Sylva kit reportedly includes custom-made walls, floors, roofs, stairs, beams and columns optimise the use of massive wood to suit buildings of all typologies and scales for specific project needs.

Stora Enso also reported that its automated coating line, being built in Ybbs, Austria, will further enhance the value and quality of the Sylva components by offering high-quality water-based coatings, protecting them against moisture, sunlight, insects and fire.

This will result in shorter construction times, decrease costs for construction companies, and provide added value and improved product quality.

“By delivering prefabricated, easy-to-install components to the construction sites, we respond to the increasing trend of off-site construction while offering a solution to the industry’s labour shortage. Sylva by Stora Enso is a game-changer for making this happen, replacing concrete and steel with renewable wood to enable a circular, low-carbon construction process,” concluded Mathieu Robert, head of building solutions at Stora Enso.