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Stora Enso launches low-carbon industrial buildings solutions

As construction materials used in the world today account for 11 per cent of the global CO2 emissions, there is a need to shift from non-renewable construction materials like steel and concrete to renewable, low carbon, and circular building materials, such as wood. Stora Enso is the flag bearer in sustainable industrial building development.
Wooden buildings are the future, and the world needs to move in that direction. Following this, Stora Enso has launched a suite of tools to support developers of industrial buildings to create more attractive, productive and sustainable buildings, with spans ranging from 12 to 36 metres, from small workshops to large retail sheds and warehouses.

Stora Enso’s wooden industrial buildings allow developers to cut embodied emissions by up to 30%, while also benefiting from highly modular and flexible designs. Crucially, the new design tools incorporate high prefabrication, allowing for sped up construction timelines, and can be configured for easy disassembly and reassembly as needs change. With new demands on warehouse space thanks to the pandemic and the rise in online shopping, wooden industrial buildings offer a way for developers to rapidly respond to market dynamics while also improving sustainability performance considering today’s ESG pressures.

To support the adoption of engineered timber for industrial buildings, Stora Enso has created a resource hub for architects and developers that includes fully interactive 3D models and technical specifications of eight different base types for different industrial buildings. These are pre-optimized for the most standard and common industrial buildings we see in the market and can be used as a basis for designing bespoke concepts.

The industrial concept is the latest in a series of building concepts designed to support the construction industry in adopting mass engineered timber to improve sustainability and building performance. Previous concepts include schools, offices and multi-storey residential buildings.

Part of the global bioeconomy, Stora Enso is a leading provider of renewable products in packaging, biomaterials, wooden construction and paper, and one of the largest private forest owners in the world.

In Numbers

  • 12-36 meters span of wooden industrial buildings
  • 11 per cent of the global CO2 emissions are caused by non-renewable construction materials
  • 30 per cent of emissions can be reduced with the wooden industrial buildings