The construction of wooden apartment blocks is on the rise in Finland – as are the needs of construction. In Tampere Region, this increase in wood construction is not yet visible, although Tampere Region produces ready-to-use wood product parts and components as well as high-quality raw materials for construction, sourced from local forests. As a domestic, renewable and environmentally friendly construction material, wood is in high demand, and it has a good possibility to become a competitive construction material in industrial construction.
The project to boost the construction of wooden apartment blocks in Tampere Region aims to have wood as the main material in a minimum of 10% of new apartment blocks and additional floor construction in Tampere Region. Another goal is to develop the business related to industrial wood construction in Tampere Region and to bring the region to the forefront of wooden apartment block construction. In addition, the construction of wooden apartment blocks is promoted by supporting pilot projects. In Tampere, the project focuses on promoting wood construction in Isokuusi in Vuores, for example.
Several companies are already involved in the project: Arkkitehtitoimisto Helamaa & Heiskanen Oy, Lehto Asunnot Oy, Elementti Sampo Oy, Honkatalot, Suomen puukerrostalot Oy, LAKEA Oy, VTS-Kodit, Tampereen Vuokratalosäätiö sr, Oy Nord-Finnhaus Ltd, T2H Pirkanmaa, Sivucon Oy and Koskisen Oy.
The project is still open for new participants. Partner companies will receive many benefits such as the latest information on wood construction and a great network for extending their business. For more information, contact Project Specialist Pertti Tamminen (tel. +358 40 063 8218 pertti.tamminen(at)metsakeskus.fi).
The project is funded by the Regional Council of Tampere Region with funding from the European Structural Fund, Tampere University, the Finnish Forest Centre, 11 industry enterprises and 13 Tampere Region municipalities. The project is scheduled to last from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2021.
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