Construction materials account for 40% of all materials used in the world and 11% of global CO2 emissions. Wood components and building concepts are sustainable alternatives for replacing fossil-based concrete and steel, and for reducing CO2 emissions in construction.
Stora Enso has developed a flexible, modular wooden-office concept that meets all requirements for open space, grid space and clear ceilings.
The concept enables office adaptation and demonstrates how the building products and applications can be used in a way that meets fire safety and acoustics regulations.
"By replacing concrete in buildings with massive wood products like crosslaminated timber and laminated veneer lumber, we contribute to a positive impact on the environment, since wood stores carbon over its life cycle," says Sebastian Hernandez, research and development manager for building concepts at Stora Enso. "By using wood, we can help cut carbon emissions by up to 75%."
In addition, there are health and wellbeing benefits connected with wooden workspaces. People perform better, are more productive and healthier in wooden buildings. Recent studies indicate that natural design in the workplace can increase the health and well-being of employees by 13% and their productivity by 8%. Sustainability and well-being are also important reasons Stora Enso's decision to move its head office to a new wooden building.
Jari Suominen, executive vicepresident of Stora Enso's Wood Products division, says of the move, "Increasingly, employers and building owners are looking for office buildings that fulfil their sustainability standards and reflect the value they place on their employees and occupants' health and well-being. Our new head office in Helsinki, Finland, will be designed using our office concept and will showcase a world-class, modern wooden building." The office concept is part of the building concepts designed by Stora Enso and follows the first concept for residential multistorey buildings, launched in 2016.
Part of the bioeconomy, Stora Enso is a leading global provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wooden constructions and paper. The company believes that everything that is made from fossilbased materials today can be made from a tree tomorrow. Stora Enso has some 26,000 employees in over 30 countries, and its sales in 2018 totalled €10.5 billion.