Finnish-based forestry products company Metsa Wood has added new L-panel structural sheets to its Kerto LVL product range.
Suitable for a wide variety of applications, it can be used for wall and ceiling panels, door blanks, and window frames.
“Designed with light and non-load-bearing applications in mind, Metsä Wood’s new L-panels are up to 10 percent lighter than the rest of the Kerto LVL products, while still delivering exceptional dimensional stability,” the company says. “L-panel has great insulating properties, with an improved thermal conductivity value up to 10 percent better than that of standard Kerto LVL.”
Like other structural buiding panels, L-panels can be cut to custom dimensions, and feature good bending strength, stiffness, and a high strength-to-weight ratio.
“Building with Kerto LVL is fast, light, and green,” says Henrik Söderström, senior vice president of sales at Metsä Wood. “The lightness of the L-panel enables innovative ways to build.”
Metsä Wood provides a variety of wood products for the residential and commercial construction world. It manufactures products from 100 percent traceable wood from northern forests, a sustainable raw material, the company claims. “Our facilities are surrounded by these forest, which ensures a never-ending reliable supply. Our primary products are Kerto LVL (laminated veneer lumber), birch and spruce plywood, and Nordic premium timber.”
The company has also introduced the Open Source Wood Initiative, which calls on architects and engineers to share their innovations in wood construction. “The objective is to share knowledge about prefabricated elements and grow the use of wood in construction. Metsä is now sharing its own innovations and offering EUR 30,000 in prize money during 2017 to exceptional designs.”
You can read more about the initiative at opensourcewood.com.