Work on Finland’s first five-storey wooden apartment block has started in Vierumäki in southern Finland, about 12km from the city of Heinola which aims to become a centre of excellence in wood construction. The building will be constructed according to passive house energy standards, making it highly energy efficient and with a low carbon footprint.
The building will house 27 apartments and is expected to be completed this year. The initiative for the project came from the City of Heinola, which invited the Finnish companies Versowood, Rakennusliike Reponen and Koskisen to discuss possible cooperation. According to Koskisen, the block integrates materials and construction methods in a new way and the building will be heated with district heating produced with renewable fuels. The block’s walls will be delivered as ready-to-install elements by Koskisen’s house factory, located a few kilometres from the construction site.
Demand for pleasant wooden apartment block areas is constantly growing, according to Koskisen. “The block in Heinola is just a prelude to future projects. We strongly believe that hybrid apartment blocks will soon rise in other parts of Finland too,” says Risto Tarkiainen, managing director of Koskisen. The wooden construction system used for the building is known as PuuEra and is designed produce an apartment block that is competitive in the marketplace in terms of its construction and living costs.
Sources: Tekniikka&Talous, Koskisen, Versowood