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Sustainable construction solutions

Ruukki Construction’s services include the design, manufacture and installation of building frames, envelope structures and roofs. These services are available either on a product-specific basis or optimized as a package from one and the same supplier.

The product portfolio includes steel-based structures such as steel frames and sandwich wall panels, as well as profiled building components such as load-bearing sheets and residential roofing products. 

We aim to provide products of economically, technically and architecturally high-performance and to promote sustainability at all stages in the lifecycle of our customers’ buildings. Despite a challenging economic climate, customers are greatly interested in energy efficiency and green values. 

More sustainable buildings

Energy-efficient solutions, material-efficient products and active innovation are the key initiatives in Ruukki Construction’s sustainability strategy. 

Ruukki energy panel has been on the market for a few years and has established a sound position in Ruukki’s product portfolio. Use of Ruukki energy panels, which provide good insulation and airtightness properties, can cut annual energy consumption by up to 20% compared with traditional panels or façade solutions.

Ruukki life panel utilizes recycled materials, thus reducing the global warming potential of the manufacturing of these products by as much as 20%. Ruukki life panels have proven to be exceptionally popular, especially in the Nordic countries. Today, a significant share of panels produced in the Nordic countries are of the life type.

Ruukki Construction’s solar energy solutions for roofing and façades enable solar energy to be used for the heating of domestic hot water and living spaces, as well as for the production of electricity. The Solar product family was rolled out in 2014. Interest in these new solutions has risen slowly but steadily. To make it easy for the consumer to purchase these systems, Solar product packages are also available. 

Because a physical building always has a functional impact and helps to shape its immediate surroundings, Ruukki Construction offers our customers the best possible range of ways to promote sustainability using architectural means. Frame solutions enable the premises to be modified and efficient use of the building also long term. Ruukki Construction’s façade products provide extensive opportunities to make a building fit in with its immediate surroundings. Liberta Solar, Ruukki on-wall solar and Ruukki emotion are examples of new possibilities of how the cladding of a building can be used to highlight sustainability.

Offering customer value in sustainable construction

Over the past couple of years, Ruukki Construction has developed its sustainable customer value offering to include not only products, but business concepts that make the values more accessible to end-users. Ruukki Construction was involved in a project to build a near zero-energy hall on the campus of HAMK University of Applied Sciences in Hämeenlinna, Finland. Construction of this near zero-energy hall was completed in 2015. The pilot business concept developed for the project ensures profitable investments for property owners of highly energy-efficient buildings.

The building project was successful at keeping additional investments at a very low level. An analysis of the building solution shows estimated energy consumption values to be as much as 20% lower than the extremely energy-efficient solution used in the investment calculations. The next steps will be to verify the energy savings during the first year of the pilot project and to apply the business model to other customer projects.

The completed building showcases several of Ruukki Construction’s innovative energy solutions: energy panels, solar energy solutions, energy piles and other modern ways of producing energy to meet the hall’s energy requirements. Investors have shown wide interest in the building and the sustainability values it represents.