Building offices of the future with timber
Stora Enso, Finland
The new Stora Enso company headquarters is an example of carbon-driven decision making in urban development. The headquarters will be constructed in Helsinki, Finland, and built with Stora Enso’s mass timber building solutions, mainly CLT (Cross Laminated Timber) and LVL (Laminated Veneer Lumber). As Stora Enso is the tenant, manufacturing company and a forest owner in this project, CSFEP has been able to work with Stora Enso to address challenges and opportunities across the value chain. The ambition for the building and Stora Enso´s HQ is for it to be carbon neutral and a biophilic design landmark. The building will also pursue the highest level of LEED certification and use the WELL standard in its design. The ultimate objective is for the project the help define levers that can scale up wood construction, promote sustainable forest management and convert the growing cities into carbon sinks.
STORA ENSO'S INTERVENTIONS ACROSS THE 3S FRAMEWORK
The harvestable forestry coverage in Savonia could support up to 53,172 similar buildings, saving up to 148,643,105 tCO2e. That harvestable forestry coverage would also have a sink potential of 4.8MtCO2e/y.
Once constructed, the building will store nearly 5,054 tCO2e
Using engineered timber solutions such as cross laminated timber in the structure reduced the emissions by 2,795 tCO2e in a cradle to gate approach in comparison to a traditional building made of steel
Analysing the carbon impact across the 3S (sequestration, storage, and substitution)
Assessing the safeguards and sourcing value chains to help inform what needs to be in place this and other projects of a similar nature
Communicating the business case to inspire other companies to build sustainable timber HQs