Stora Enso is taking part in designing and building the next-generation, highly
energy self-sufficient car showroom Sunny Car Center in Finland by providing
the wooden roof elements for the project. With a size of 50 000 m2, Sunny Car
Center, located in Hämeenlinna, will have one of the largest wooden element
roofs in Finland. With shorter assembly time and better sustainability than
other materials and solutions, the wooden elements are a perfect fit for the
project seeking as high as possible energy-efficiency and utilising smart and
integrated renewable energy solutions developed in co-operation with Siemens.
“Sunny Car Center will not be a traditional car showroom, nor a basic building
solutions project for us. It represents true rethinking in building large
service centres with a truly sustainable approach. We are working with the
customer to design and produce wooden elements that together with smart
renewable energy solutions, such as solar panels and own energy production,
will enable high energy self-sufficiency and enhance the sustainability of the
building,” says Matti Mikkola, SVP, Building Solutions, Stora Enso Building and
“From the assembly point of view, time and sustainability were the main
attractions of wood when choosing the roof material, and Stora Enso as a
pioneer in wood element construction in Finland was a natural choice for
co-operation,” says Markku Ritaluoma, head of the Sunny Car Center venture.
The wooden roof elements will be produced at Pälkäne, Finland, with CLT used as
the visible lower surface of the roof in the highest parts of the building. The
elements are planned to be produced during autumn 2012, and assembly is
expected to take place in March 2013. The Sunny Car Center is scheduled to open
its doors in 2014. Once completed, the building is expected to become the
largest car showroom in Europe including different services related to cars and
traffic, as well as services for visitors of any age to use.
“Construction professionals, especially in Finland, are every day becoming more
and more aware of the advantages and possibilities of wood. Several projects
announced since the end of 2011, such as Wood City, Nuuksio national nature
centre and Joensuun Elli, confirm this positive development which we aim to
continue in all our main markets,” says Hannu Kasurinen, head of Stora Enso
Building and Living.
For further information, please contact:
Matti Mikkola, SVP, Building Solutions, Stora Enso Building and Living, tel.
+358 2046 21710
Päivi Kauhanen, SVP, Communication and Sustainability, Stora Enso Building and
Living, tel. +358 2046 21292
Stora Enso Building and Living provides wood-based products and innovations for
construction and interior decoration, as well as solid biofuels for the energy
sector. Building and Living products address living, building and packaging
needs. The products are recyclable, and made from high-quality renewable
European pine or spruce. With annual sales of EUR 1.7 billion, we employ some 4
400 people in 22 production sites in 11 European countries and in several sales
and distribution companies around the world.
Stora Enso is the global rethinker of the paper, biomaterials, wood products
and packaging industry.We always rethink the old and expand to the new to offer
our customers innovative solutions based on renewable materials. Stora Enso
employs some 30 000 people worldwide, and our sales in 2011 amounted to EUR
11.0 billion. Stora Enso shares are listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki (STEAV,
STERV) and Stockholm (STE A, STE R). In addition, the shares are traded in the
USA as ADRs (SEOAY) in the International OTCQX over-the-counter market.
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