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Building a timber frame with LVL

LVL - Laminated veneer lumber

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Wonder of wood – Pushing beyond wood’s perceived boundaries

Laminated veneer lumber, LVL by Stora Enso, is an advanced wood product developed for the demands of today’s building and construction industry. Being one of the strongest wood-based construction materials relative to its weight, LVL is powering a new wave of agile, renewable construction.

See how Supercell's future head office in Wood City, Helsinki, is rising to new heights with LVL by Stora Enso.

What is LVL?

Laminated veneer lumber (LVL) harnesses the natural power of tough Nordic spruce fibres. LVL by Stora Enso is made from 3 mm thick, rotary-peeled veneers that are bonded together under heat and pressure. Our LVL comes in a maximal billet size of 24 m x 2.5 m – one of the biggest sizes in the market – for maximum flexibility and design possibilities. The billets can be cut to length and sawn into LVL beams or panels based on customer requirements.

The strength of steel, the workability of wood

LVL, laminated veneer lumber, is the preferred choice for structural applications and the ideal solution when you’re looking for strength, dimensional stability and high load-bearing capacity. It is engineered to be relatively stronger than steel yet lighter than concrete, while being highly workable and durable.

Thanks to its homogeneous and consistent quality, laminated veneer lumber delivers high technical performance and predictable results with standard woodworking tools.

All in all, with LVL you can expect greater consistency, load-carrying capacity and design flexibility and achieve efficiency.

A new wave of agile construction with renewable resources

LVL is a renewable, carbon-neutral alternative to traditional construction materials that can have large environmental footprints. As trees grow – and when they are used as timber in buildings – they efficiently store carbon.

From a practical perspective, LVL is easy to install and handle and thus requires less labour and special equipment on site. Unlike when building with mineral-based construction materials, massive wood allows you to reduce time spent on time-consuming welding, forming or drying times that slow down installation.

LVL Handbook Europe

Ydalir school and kindergarten in Elverum, Norway, was built by Woodcon using a total of 76m³ LVL by Stora Enso.

Key benefits of LVL

  • Twice as strong as steel proportionate to weight: Lighter weight simplifies lifting and framing, and lowers logistical costs

  • Uniform, predictable and dimensionally stable

  • Easy to drill, cut, fasten and fit

  • Works well together with other products (CLT and rib panels) for maximum efficiency

  • Pre-fabrication speeds installation time, reduces manual labour and construction waste




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