Project Description

Timber construction

Over the last 20 years we have been involved in building 65,000 m2 of mass timber constructions. That makes us front runners, when it comes to building in wood. We it as an important element in the green transition, since the use of wood leads to a considerable reduction of the carbon footprint.

Multidisciplinary specialists

For us, building in wood is not a new discipline, but there is no doubt that it is beginning to make an impact on the Danish market, thanks mainly to sustainability. Wood is also a material that makes exciting architecture possible, with faster construction times. Using mass timber in particular makes the use of long, lightweight and highly robust elements possible. This includes CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)

It’s important to be aware of the typical challenges inherent with wooden constructions, such as acoustics, fire protection and damp, during the construction period. Luckily, we have a strong team of specialists able to master the task in consultation with our construction engineers.

We have built up our own Videnscenter for Træbyggeri (centre of expertise for timber construction), in which we work closely with the supplier trade association “Træ i byggeriet” (timber in the  Danish construction sector).

About mass timber

The use of mass timber as the load-bearing construction material is gaining ground. Solid wood products are made by either glueing, nailing or dowelling the wood together. The structural elements acquire greater strength and stiffness than ordinary construction timber by taking advantage of the grain direction of the wood and avoiding, for example, weaknesses from knots and flaws. This makes it easier to produce long, light elements with high load-bearing capacity, enabling the creation of spectacular architecture.

A number of studies show that the visual character of wood can have a positive effect on the human psyche, which is one of many reasons architects are specifying wood more often. This lightweight material contributes to faster construction. It requires less transport to the site and less lifting. In addition, the elements can be assembled easily and quickly. There is no casting work, avoiding time wasted in waiting for concrete to harden.

Low carbon footprint

Approximately 40% of the world’s energy is used on building work, which is why the sustainable properties of wood are a major reason for its popularity. Less energy is used for the production of wood products than for other building materials, and wood also stores CO2. From a life-cycle perspective, wood can also be easily recycled, and energy can be extracted by burning it at the end of its service life. If recycling is included, it can actually be argued that its CO2 footprint is negative.

We have relevant experience and expertise within:

  • All types of mass timber: CLT, Brettstapel, laminated wood, LVL and others.
  • Structural timber
  • Renovation of existing timber buildings, including roof structures and timber frames
  • Various construction systems
  • Damp protection during the construction period
  • Acoustics & noise
  • Fire protection
  • Indoor climate
  • Sustainability certification (DGNB, BREEAM and LEED)
  • Life-Cycle Analysis (LCA)
  • Cost management

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