21.05.2012

Finland introduces RunkoPES industrial standard for prefabricated wood construction

New standard is expected to boost the competitiveness of the wood construction industry in Finland.

Thanks to the RunkoPES standard, designers can now design a house without knowing who is going to build it. The system is also expected to standardize the interpretation of regulations relating to wood construction across the country.

The absence of an industrial standard for prefabricated wood construction has delayed the breakthrough of wood apartment buildings in Finland, according to Järvinen. The RunkoPES standard is expected to boost the competitiveness of the wood construction industry in the same way that the introduction of the BES-system for concrete construction enabled the rapid increase in concrete house construction in Finland during the 1970s.

Finnish Wood Research Oy has led the research to create a solid and open construction system for a prefabricated wood element in Finland, with the aim of encouraging the development of company specific business solutions and models. Finnish Wood Research Oy is a non-profit joint research company for the wood products industry that plans and implements research, development and innovation projects that are essential for the business operations of wood product companies.

Sources: Kiinteistölehti, Särmä, Finnish Wood Research Oy