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Heidelberg Materials and Metsä Wood develop concrete-timber hybrid walls
[Mar 14, 2024]

The panels are made from layers of concrete, insulation, and load-bearing laminated veneer lumber (Images courtesy of Heidelberg Materials Precast Contiga)

The hybrid element offers a 30%-50% lower climate impact when compared to traditional concrete sandwich elements.

Swedish concrete element manufacturer Heidelberg Materials Precast Contiga and engineered wood products manufacturer Metsä Wood have introduced a hybrid wall element with a reduced carbon footprint when compared to conventional wall elements.

The product, designed for use in buildings up to five floors, is claimed to be now ready for use in commercial construction projects.

The hybrid wall element is a sandwich construction facade element suitable for residential buildings, offices, healthcare facilities, and schools.

Heidelberg Materials Precast Contiga division manager Daniel Eriksson said: ¡°The production method is very similar to what we already have, so we can create these hybrid elements using the same approach as our other walls, and they are assembled in the same way.

¡°We haven¡¯t made any major investments or modifications.¡±

Adding the layer of laminated veneer lumber