Kontakti Kiilto Oyâ€™s customer magazine 2012
Elastic pink Link in eco-offices No dust, thank you
Kontakti is Kiilto Oy’s customer magazine. Publisher: Kiilto Oy PO BOX 250, 33101 Tampere Editor-in-chief: Armi Mehto, tel. +358207 710 262, firstname.lastname@example.org Editorial team: Anssi Asikainen, Anne Falck, Jenni Honkala, Outi Jalo, Pekka Lahdensivu, Tero Mäkinen, Tiina Niemi, Antti OK Nieminen, Stiina Pasanen, Kari Poikulainen and Matti Raatikainen. Editorial office and layout: Viestintätoimisto Selander & Co Oy, producer: Jaana Beversdorf, tel. +35850 316 2010 Printed by Hämeen Kirjapaino Oy Edition 15 000 Paper: G-Print, 115g/m2 Cover: Young Finnish prospect, pole vaulter Jere Bergius was photographed by Rami Hanafi.
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Kiilto Oy Kiilto Oy, founded in 1919, is a Finnish family-owned company manufacturing chemical products. Kiilto Oy’s scope of business includes product development, production and marketing of adhesives and related products. Kiilto Oy is part of Kiilto Family – group, which includes KiiltoClean Oy, provider of various cleaning and hygiene solutions, as well as other companies operating in different business sectors.
Kiilto provides now M1-classified adhesives also for the industry sector All Kiilto’s PVAc-adhesives for the joinery industry and most of its two-component polyurethane adhesives have now M1 low emission classification. This means that all Kiilto PVAc-adhesives that comply with D2, D3 or D4 classification according to EN204 have M1-label. M1-classified two-component adhesives are used e.g. in manufacturing sandwich elements and filters. Kiilto is the first adhesive producer to offer a complete range of M1-classified products to several different industries. Particularly, window and external door industries can benefit from using M1-classified adhesives. The emission classification divides building materials into three categories, of which M1 is the best. M1 label tells that the product has been tested in an independent and impartial laboratory. Over 77% of Kiilto’s building products sold have M1-label. By offering low-emission adhesives to different industries, Kiilto promotes selling and development of low-emission products.
Kari Vainio appointed as KiiltoClean Oy’s new Managing Director Kari Vainio was appointed as new Managing Director for KiiltoClean Oy on 21st May 2012. Vainio has more than 23 years of experience at Diversey in various roles, e.g. IT, marketing, customer service, logistics and sales. Diversey is a global provider of commercial cleaning and hygiene solutions. Before joining to KiiltoClean Vainio held management role at the Diversey Finland and was responsible for sales in Scandinavia.
Kiilto strengthens its communications operations Sirpa Virtanen, M.Sc. (Econ.) started as Communications Director for Kiilto Family in March 2012. She is now responsible for coordinating, developing and budgeting communication operations at the Kiilto Family –group. Sirpa Virtanen heads the new communications unit, which is Armi Mehto, Communications Specialist, Matti Raatikainen, Graphic Designer, Minna Dementjeff, Graphic Designer, Jenni Honkala, Marketing Communications Assistant and Asta Vainionpää, Translator. Sirpa Virtanen came to Kiilto Oy in 2000 and held a role of Sales Manager in the Consumer Product Department. In 2011 she was appointed as Business Director for KiiltoClean Oy’s retail trade.
Sales Representatives renamed as Regional Managers Kiilto Oy’s all Sales Representatives in the Building Materials and Industry Department are now called as Regional Managers. The new title describes better their current work that has changed significantly over the past years. Nowadays Kiilto’s Regional Managers hold comprehensive responsibility on their clientele: they sell, train
Eeva Solja named as KiiltoClean Oy’s Business Director Eeva Solja, representing the fourth generation of the Solja-family at Kiilto Family Oy, has started as KiiltoClean’s new Business Director for retail trade. Eeva joined KiiltoClean Oy from Nordic Cosmetics Ltd Oy, where she held a role as Product and Marketing Manager. Since 2008 Eeva has been a member of Kiilto Family Oy board.
customers, give technical support and arrange product testings at customer's site as well as at Kiilto Oy's testing facilites in Lempäälä. Roni Koivisto has started as new Regional Manager for the Industry Department in the eastsouthern part of Finland. Roni Koivisto, BEng in wood technology, worked formerly in sales at Finnforest Oy. Heikki Honkala has been appointed as Customer Service Manager for the Industry Department. Heikki is responsible for sales support in the domestic and international markets, business with named customers, technical support and claims. Heikki Honkala has almost 30 years of experience with Kiilto Oy and strong experience on industrial business. Tero Mäkinen continues in his current role as Product Manager for the Industry Department with same responsibilities, but focuses now more on new products.
Lammensalo appointed as Sales Assistant Pia Lammensalo started as Sales Assistant for the Builidng Materials Department. She came to Kiilto in 2008 and worked since as Export Assistant being responsible for export duties to Sweden and Poland.
From base to surface Text Liisa Joensuu Photos Juho Paavola
Student apartments are rarely described as striking beautiful. But Hoas’s (Helsinki Student Housing) newly refurbished student apartments in Espoo surely meet the criteria for stylish and quality living.
New surfaces bring quality to student life
tudents living at Timpurinkatu 1 can now really enjoy the beautiful settings around them. Newly refurbished Hoas apartments have laminated floors, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, new kitchen fixtures, coolers, stoves, extractor hoods and DBdoors to guarantee silence to study. Apartments’ black and white colour scheme gives a very visual look. – This reflects today’s trends and this is how Hoas works today. We want upgraded quality and appearance. Refurbishment has to be done in every 25 years. We carried out similar refurbishment projects recently in Mellunmäki and Hakuninmaa , says Jari Nupponen, Property Mananger of Hoas. Timpurinkuja’s property was built in 1986. Five years ago its façade was painted. According to Jari Nupponen, interior renovation started with a comprehensive property survey. Pipes proved to be in surprisingly good shape. – There was no need for comprehensive pipe system renovation. We renovated bathrooms and kitchens, excluding pipes. In bathrooms we replaced old wall drains by new floor drains.
Sheet metal walls were tiled, which instantly gave a modern effect. Fresh air and even heat distribution
The refurbishment included also renewing ventilation and central energy systems. – We replaced the roof extractors, repaired old ventilation ducts and improved air distribution in every apartment. In addition, we installed trickle ventilators for fresh air, says Ari Kalliomaa, Regional Manager from AW-Rakennus Oy, who was responsible for the project. The block has three staircases and 47 apartments in all. A-staircase has seven floors, B and C four. Apartment types vary from shared apartments to family apartments. – Building’s operation costs are now lower and thermal resistance better, since we refurbished also the warm roof, says Kalliomaa. Bathrooms were freshened up with trendy tiles
Vertical pipe lines were saved, but drains as well as heat and water fixtures were replaced by new ones. A stylish look was created by tiling effect
walls with black tiles, which give a nice contrast to white tiles. For floors they used epoxy flooring. At the time the house was originally built, prefabricated modular bathroom pods were chosen and installed through the open roof. Kiilto’s new tiling adhesive was put to test
Bathrooms were tiled with Kiilto’s new HighFlex S2 cement based tiling adhesive. Ari Kalliomäki has positive experiences with it: – Highflex S2 –powder is easy to use. It mixes with water and you can mix as much adhesive you need at a time. The 2-component adhesive we used before was much more difficult to use. Also adhesive’s working time is longer that before. Kiilto-products were widely used in the project, e.g. in floor leveling and in tiling kitchen backsplashes. Old vinyl floorings were removed and surfaces sanded and primed with Kiilto Start Primer. Thereafter the floors were levelled with Kiilto 97 -smoothing compound. – It is good to have a supplier that has a complete range of products. All products for dry and wet areas were delivered at the same time, comments Ari Kalliomaa. ■
This is how the pre-fabricated bathrooms were tiled: 1. The surface was cleaned. When tiling a pre-fabricated bathroom, it is important to remove all wax, grease and dirt with alkali detergent and rinse well.
2. Surfaces of sheet metal cladding panels were checked and all holes, gaps and scratches were filled with KiiltoFix Masa â€“ sealant. Also seams and corners of panels were sealed with KiiltoFix Masa. Alternatively, seams, gaps and holes can be treated with Kiilto Kerafiber and Kiilto Corner Reinforcement after Gel Primer has dried. 3. Highflex S2 â€“powder was slowly stirred into cool water by mixing constantly. After the mix was uniform, it was let set for 10 minutes and re-stirred gently. Alexand Okunev is mixing the mass. (See the picture on the left.)
4. Mass was spread
on the surface by pressing vigorously. The surface was then combed with a notched trowel in small sections, so that tiles can be pressed onto fresh mortar within 20 minutes.
5. Tiles were pressed onto the surface and tapped properly into position. 6. Adhesive stains were removed with water and damp cloth while fresh. Jointing was done by Kiilto Saumalaasti the next day. Kiilto Saumavahviste was added to make the joint more elastic.
7. Jarno Ruononen, Project Supervisor from AW-Rakennus (on left) and Ari Kalliomaa, Regional Manager, were satisfied with the result. 5
Text Marjaana Lehtinen
Weather observation technology enhances airport safety
We Finns are good at many things, but want to keep a low profile with regard to our achievements. Our remarkable gifts to the world are usually related to problem solving, technology, culture and education.
Hello world, we Finns know how to innovate! rofessor Vilho Väisälä found out the operating principles of a radiosonde and established a company named Vaisala in 1936. Hardly could he imagine then that one day his company would be a leading global provider of weather observation radars. Vaisala’s automatic weather systems observe local weather conditions and state of runways at over 1700 airports around the world. – Weather observing systems provide detailed data on prevailing weather conditions e.g. temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, wind speed and direction. All this data is needed to guarantee safe take-offs and landings, tells Nick Demetriades, who is responsible for airport applications at Vaisala. In air traffic, safety is the number one thing, but weather observation systems are also needed to improve operational effectiveness. – With the help of these systems we are able to make decisions such as whether to close airports due to bad weather or whether we need anti-freezing agent on runways.
Weather observation systems do not only save money but also the environment. Having reliable weather data we can reduce the consumption of anti-freezing chemicals on runways, which saves both money and the environment. Reliable data on lightning worldwide
Few years ago Vaisala launched a global lightning dataset (GLD360) for its airport customers. It was developed in cooperation with Standford University. – Our system is the first in the world to give exact data and warnings on lightning around the globe. It can localize a stroke of a ground lightning in range of 2-5 kilometers and detect approx. 70% of all ground lightnings, which enhances airport safety and operations, continues Demetriades. Since 1989 Vaisala have had a similar lightning data service in the USA, which covers all states on the continent.
Balancing between two cultures
inland’s gift to Russia or is it the other way round? This question arises easily, when talking about Ville Haapasalo’s career as an actor. This versatile actor has decided to dedicate himself to bring the Finns and the Russians closer to each other. As a young lad at the beginning of 90’s Haapasalo went from Hollola to Leningrad, now St. Petersburg, to learn acting and ended up performing in Russian movies and television programmes. Finnish people know Ville from television series such as Venäjän halki 30 päivässä, Silkkitie 30 päivässä and Sapuskaa, harashoo. At the end of this year we will see Ville in a new programme, where he is searching Finnic peoples living in Siberia. He loves to make Russia more known to us. – I feel that I have done the right thing, if Finns have learnt something new about its eastern neighbor, and thus change their opinion on Russia and its people. I see that it is actor’s duty to try to make people think and get the message through, thinks Haapasalo. Haapasalo spends half of the year in Russia and is very popular there. He is seen as a common man, rather than a big diva having his head in the clouds. The media is eager in hearing his comments, if something exceptional happens in Finland or somewhere else in Europe. – If I know something about the topic, I can comment on it. But I always try to remember to point out that my opinion is not the official opinion of the State of Finland. According to Haapasalo, Finns and Russians are very much alike. As far as his own temperament is concerned, he himself feels to be much further from Mid-European than Russian people. The most intriguing thing in Russia is its people, who are very easy to become acquainted with, but difficult to make friends with. Haapasalo likes certain traits in the Russian people. – We Finns, who have strict conservative Lutheran upbringing, use to have strict and definite plans for the next 25 years. Russian people do not worry about tomorrow. If I have money today, I’ll take my friends out. I do not worry today whether I have money tomorrow. That tomorrow’s problem! I am gradually getting used to this mind set – and it has been very liberating! ■
A common man is interesting
Text Liisa Joensuu Photos Juho Paavola
Eco-efficient office building
meets the highest quality standards
An eco-efficient, unique office building in a prominent position by the seaside. Own separate entrance to metro. A rarity. This is how Keva could advertise its newly built office building in Keilaranta, Espoo.
eilaniemi is known as a large office complex. It is a base of several major companies such as Fortum, Kone and Neste Oil. One of the office buildings there, formely known as Compaq’s head office, has gone through a major change having now a brand new office tower beside it. The construction project was completed in April 2012. Keva (formerly Local Government Pensions Institution) has combined new and old in a very ambitious way: the office building intended for SME businesses is built to meet the strict criteria of the LEED-certificate. The criteria of this international environment certificate are based on sustainable building principles. From the very beginning Keva was determined to strive for the platinum level, which is the highest level of the LEED.
A user-frienly building
– The project has been challenging from the very start. We began with extensive groundworks and demolition work. One column of the existing building was demolished and a new building was constructed beside it, tells Timo Lihavainen, Project Manager from Pöyry CM Oy, who acted as Client’s Representative. The project was executed from start to finish according to the environment certificate. Mika Eskelinen, Office Building Manager from KI-
Kiinteistöjohto tells that the LEED-certificate gives criteria e.g. on building’s location: good and viable public transport system must be available. – The certificate requires energy-efficiency, starting with electricity and water consumption. Also all materials have to be eco- and userfriendly, Mika Eskelinen points out. Paints, adhesives, plasters and sealants had to meet the VOC-requirements defined in the LEED. For the LEED-certification application, the main contractor Peab will compile a list of the products used in the project. Flexible and functional space by the metro station
Keilaranta 1 is located along the Länsimetro. From the underground parking hall the office workers can step directly to the Keilaniemi metro station, which is under construction. A building having a direct connection to the metro station is a real rarity. The old part of the building has five floors, the new one eleven. The office space can be modified in a flexible way with screens; one floor can be divided in four separate spaces. Both the renovated building and the new building have saunas. The ground floor has 300 m2 retail space. There is also a canteen and a gym, which offer sea views. Most offices also face towards the sea. >>
Keilaranta 1 The Keilaranta 1 property is owned by Keva, which is one of the largest pension institutions in Finland and a significant property investor in Finland. • Project Manager: Pöyry CM Oy • Architectural design: Arkton Arkkitehdit Oy, • Building developer : KOy Keilarannanpuisto/ Keva, • Contract time: November 2009–April 2012 • 11 office floors, 3 underground parking floors • Office space 100 – 2000 m2
Foreman Jani Malen (on the left) from SJM-Team was responsible for tiling of 3500 m2 area in the Keilaniemi office building. Tiler Kristian Niskakoski on the right. Above: Jari Rautavirta. 9
LEED The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) – certification system is the world’s most widely used environmental certification system for buildings. The system was developed by the independent U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), which can grant a LEED-certificate to a building upon application. To be certified the project must satisfy all prerequisites and earn a minimum number of points in 9 different categories according to certain criteria. Buildings can qualify for four levels of certification according to how may points they get: LEED Platinum, LEED Gold, LEED Silver and LEED Certified. Most of Kiilto’s non-solvent products for building, renovation and decoration meet the VOC-criteria defined in the LEEDcertification. A comprehensive list of products and their compliance with different regulations will be published on www.kiilto.com in the near future.
Made with Kiilto-products
The building is furnished in marine style. As late as March there was full hustle and bustle going on at the site and the hall was full with Kiilto-product packages. SJM-Team Oy has now almost finished their tiling work. – We started with saunas, and then we have proceeded with walls and floors one storey at a time. The tiling work has included, among other things, sanitary spaces, the commercial space, halls and the canteen. The tiled space totals approx. 3500 m2. The first storey alone has 1500 m2 tiled area, tells Foreman Jari Malen and Tiler Kristian Niskakoski. Kiilto-products have been used in every storey. Also the walls of the institutional kitchen (250 m2) was tiled from bottom to top. ■
text Tarja Repo Photo Petri Laitinen
From garage to an export business Valkeakoski is widely known for its paper industry. Hypap Oy, also located in Valkeakoski, specializes in paper converting and has grown from a home business into a medium-sized export business.
Pink Link under the tiles The ground floor of Keilaranta 1 has 1500 m2 tiled floor area in all, including the high trafficked main hall with its corridors, the canteen and the commercial space. Since the floor is exposed to high foot traffic, it has to be extremely strong. Stone tiles must not crack. Tiling was carried out with Kiilto Link –product kit. Kiilto Link forms an elastic and suppressant layer between the concrete substrate and the leveling compound preventing the tiles from coming loose and cracking due to shrinkage and drying of concrete.
ear 1990 was a turning point for Hypap. It was time to call a family meeting and decide whether to continue the business or to shut up the shop. At that time Hypap manufactured disposable textiles to Yhtyneet Paperitehtaat, who was planning to give up the hygiene business. – Our business was really small then. We worked in rented premises, which cost a lot. Family members worked long hours with no pay. But there was no turning back to the garage business, says Pekka Pollari, the present Managing Director of Hypap. They decided to continue and expand. They set their goals for the next 10 years: get over 10 million turnover by the end of 2000 and find customers in Europe. Both goals were acheived.
– The more we have concrete, the more movements there will be in the floor area. Kiilto Link allows concrete to move and suppresses step sounds. Even
From hobby to business
though adding Kiilto Link means more work, it is worth the effort; Kiilto Link
The family business started at the beginning of the 1980s. At that time Pekka Pollari’s father Alpo devised a machine that produced disposable bibs
ensures that the tiled floor will last for years, says Jani Malen.
for the geriatric institutions. Pollari started a business together with Yhtyneet Paperitehtaat. Cooperation lasted some ten years, until Hypap parted and decided to continue independently. After the critical period in 1990, business has been growing steadily. Pekka Pollari came in to the business in the 1990s. At that time he was still studying paper converting and international marketing at the Tampere University of Technology. Generational change went smoothly. – I don’t even remember really when the change took place. I had my hands in the business along my studies and took care of the export, says Pollari, whose two brothers are shareholders in the company.
manufactured. Nowadays Hypap uses six different Kiiltoadhesives and a couple of complementary products. Earlier adhesives were delivered in pails, now in 1000 litre containers. Kiilto’s strength is its active research and development work, comments Pollari. He gives an example,which dates back some six or seven years: Hypap needed a new type of adhesive with improved initial tack. The adhesive was inteded for their washing glove production, more exactly for laminating paper and plastic. In cooperation Kiilto and Hypap developed an adhesive with optimal adhesion and which enabled Hypap to use cheaper paper. And what’s more, the new adhesive was cheaper than they used to use before.
Adhesive comes now in big containers
Also Finnish work pays off
Hypap buys adhesives for its production from Kiilto, which is situated in the neighboring town, in Lempäälä. Cooperation started in the middle of 80’s, when Hypap started laminating paper and plastic in its own plant, instead of buying it
Hypap’s future vision is to grow and prosper in Valkeakoski. Once Hypap investigated possibilities to establish a subsidiary to China, but the idea was buried due to common challenges in the global business: corruption and logistical
• Founded in 1981 • Produces disposable hospital textiles such as bibs, wash gloves, protective sheets, seat covers, technical non-wovens e.g. flame retardant nonwoven materials for the building industry • Turnover approx. 10 million euros, 50 employees • Export makes up 60 per cent of the total turnover, exports to almost all EU-countries • 4500 m2 production facilities at Pispantalli in Valkeakoski
problems. In Finland, most raw material suppliers and customers are close and transportation costs are decent. – Transport costs for a large sea container almost tripled in a few months last spring, says Pollari astonished. The Finnish infrastructure is working, logistics can be coordinated from Valkeakoski and authorities are reliable. Despite the higher labour costs, Finnish work pays off, provided that you have a clear business strategy and productivity and efficiency is sustained. ■ 11
Hannu Seppälä is sanding the floor levelled with TopPlan DF.
No dust, thank you! Text HANNELE NIEMI Photos MARJA SEPPÄLÄ 12
hen Salpakeskus was built on the Salpausselkä ridge in the 1950s, it was the highest building in Kouvola. Salpakeskus housed Kymenlaakso County Administrative Board for many years, and the building was commonly regarded as the landmark of Kymenlaakso. In 2010 the east-southern division of the Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY) moved to Salpakeskus. Last year the vine that had climbed against Salpakeskus's façade for many years had to be removed due to renovation – an event that was reported widely in the local news. Salpakeskus, which is located in the city centre of Kouvola, has been renovated several times over the past years. At the beginning of 2012 started the second renovation phase, which will be completed by the end of the year. Façade renovation will be finished this summer. Old walls lack soundproofing
The Salpakeskus renovation project is a comprehensive job to Rakennustoimisto Rasto. A big part of building's technical installations must be renovated, but offices’ basic operations must not be interrupted. Building’s structure is very different from a modern building. For example, the old walls have almost no soundproofing. That is why the noisiest works have been timed for early mornings or weekends, if possible. In April interior spaces were renovated with a
tight schedule. As one part of the building was being refurbished, the other remained fully operational. The demand to keep renovation dust to an absolute minimun brought some extra challenge. Dust reduction during renovation is an important issue nowadays. The fact is that the regulation on building safety laid down by the Finnish State Council in 2009 obligates to reduce the exposure to dust during renovation. Cleaner building site than your living room
– We launched our first dust-reduced products, Kiilto fixing mortars, in 2010. More dustreduced products are being developed to meet the demand and requirements. Growing demand of dust-reduced products tells about new attitude in the building sector. Ari Lindsten from Rasto, Foreman of the Salpakeskus site, reminds that every worker has to understand how dust-reduced products facilitate the work and how they are safer for the user. Salpakeskus site has effective extract ventilation to prevent the dust spreading around. Arranging extract ventilation takes more time, but improves safety and brings savings in the long run. – Many living rooms are dirtier than this building site, grins Lindsten. Mixing can be done indoors
Kiilto’s Regional Manager Rajanen pops in the Salpakeskus site. Several Kiilto-products are used
Salpakeskus in Kouvola, Second renovation phase • Renovation of the ELY-centre: the basement level, 1st–3rd floors and the façade. • Three interim phases, the first in Jan-May 2012. The whole project is scheduled to finish in December 2012. • Gross floor area 3753 m2 • Ordered by Senaatti-kiinteistöt, Project Manager Itä-Suomen Controlteam Oy • Main contractor: Rakennustoimisto Rasto Oy • Total cost of the first and second phase is approx. 4 million euros.
there, e.g. wall plasters, levelling compounds and carpet adhesives. Some 6000 kg of Kiilto TopPlan DF levelling compound was used for leveling the floors. Hannu Seppälä from a floor maintenance company knows the product well now, after using it at Salpakeskus for the first time. – It does not dust, convinces Seppälä, who has many years’ experience on building floors. The powder can be mixed with water safely insitu on site, also indoors. TopPlan DF was spread on the office floor with a wide trowel by hand. TopPlan DF can also be applied with a pump for larger areas. Pump was not needed at Salpakeskus, since most of the rooms were small offices, approx.15–16 m2. Men keep the site tidy
Rasto’s Foreman Ari Lindsten is responsible for the second phase of the Salpakeskus renovation project. Rastos’s building cleaner Tarja Kainulainen keeps the site clean.
2–3 cm layer of TopPlan DF spreads evenly with a wide steel trowel. Floor maintenence expert Hannu Seppälä shows how to do it.
Today cleanliness is important, even in floor building. Tarja Kainulainen, who has worked as a building cleaner at Rasto for five years now, is happy about it. Thanks to dust-reduced products and workers’ changed attitudes on cleanliness, her working environment is much cleaner now than few years ago. – I heard about dust reduction for the first time three years ago, and I can say that on this site there is very little dust. Men go around the place and vacuum the dust away. When using TopPlan DF floor leveling compound, the levelled floor has to be cleaned immediately after drying and sanding. The new flooring is installed as soon as possible after drying in order to stick to the project schedule. ■ 13
A modular solution to This spring Viertola residential area in Vantaa got several new apartment blocks, which were made of modules. Modules were craned into place one by one. NEAPO Oy uses in its factory-made buildings a unique steel cellular structure. Wet areas in these modules were built by using Kiilto wet area product kit. Text Kari Saarinen Photos NEAPO Oy
iertola is one of NEAPO Oy’s pilot projects of modular construction. Since 2007 NEAPO Oy has built apartment blocks by using modules of steel cellular structure. Electrics, kitchen fixtures, tiles as well as plumbing and ventilation are pre-installed to the module in the factory. Also the façade is ready made, says NEAPO’s Communications Specialist Hanna Mielismäki. – Finished modules are craned in on the site, installed, and pre-installed services are connected to municipal engineering. Vantaa has now three NEAPO's modular apartment blocks. They were commissioned by VAV Asunnot Oy and contain 53 flats in all, floor area ranging from 29 to 46 m2. Net internal area totals 1631.5 square meters.
Building modules inside the factory is fast and controlled. NEAPO Oy built a new apartment block to Vantaa to relieve housing shortage there.
o the housing shortage These new blocks will provide accommodation and support to the long-term homeless. VAV’s aim was to offer people in Vantaa quality rental apartments with reasonable price. Mielismäki thinks that modular building can be an efficient solution for the chronic housing shortage in the Helsinki area. – In the long run modular building technique is a very efficient way to create accommodation. New modules can be added to the existing module buildings and new storeys can be taken into use, if no land is available, explains Mielismäki. Regardless of weather
Over the last few years modular construction has become more common around the world. Modules are used for residential and commercial buildings as well as for schools and hospitals.
Earlier NEAPO used to operate in the shipbuilding industry, where it used module construction. NEAPO developed steel cellular structure in 2005 and patented it. Similar structure is not used anywhere else than in Finland. Modules are light and enable building on difficult basement. The existing modular buildings are two-storey houses, but in Helsinki the first five-storey module building is under construction. As far as is known, it is the only one of its kind in the world and will be completed by the end of 2012. – Each apartment is constructed, equipped and finished inside, in warm and dry factory premises under the strict quality surveillance. The customer gets high quality building quickly, which saves money. As soon as we get a stronger foothold on the world market, we will start serial production
which will bring cost savings. But also bespoke modular apartments are easy to build, describes Mielismäki. As for now, all module construction projects in Finland have been pilot projects. NEAPO uses Kiilto waterproofing kit in building wet areas for its modules. – We are very satisfied Kiilto customers. Kiilto’s technical service and product delivery are unbeatable. In addition, Kiilto has been involved in developing NEAPO’s wet area solutions, tells Mielismäki. ■
text Jaana Beversdorf Photo Ossi Ahola
Kiilto provides solution for demanding wood applications Kiilto offers now a fully Finnish-made onecomponent polyurethane adhesive for gluing of CE-labelled structural timber, gluelam and laminated log. In addition, Kiilto’s own extensive testing facilities enable testing the glue before large scale production.
hen applying CE-label for gluelam (EN 14080:2005), also the adhesive used in its production must pass strict tests according to EN 15425:2008. Adhesives in the Kiilto Kestopur 1000 -series were tested in the material testing institute at the Stuttgart University, and the Scandinavian gluelam committee approved them for production of CE-labelled gluelam. In order to support the use of the tested adhesives, Kiilto has upgraded its glue testing facilities. Delaminating test is one of the basic tests that the gluelam and its adhesive must pass in order to get the CE-label. Kiilto’s new delaminating test equipment simulates accurately the weathering to which the gluelam will be exposed to for decades. In addition to delaminating test, Kiilto’s testing equipment enables various quality tests for gluelam and laminated log. ■
Certificates and partners: • EN 14080 Timber structures. Glued laminated timber. Requirements • EN 15425 Adhesives. One component polyurethane for load bearing timber stuctures. Classification and performance requirements. • EN302-2: Adhesives for load-bearing timber structures - Test methods - Part 2: Determination of resistance to delamination. Glue type I and glue type II. • MPA Stuttgart: Materialprüfungsanstalt Universität Stuttgart (Otto-Graf-Institut, FMPA) • NTI: Norwegian Institute of Wood Technology
Tests carried out by Kiilto’s delaminating test equipment: • EN 391: Glued laminated timber. Delamination test of glue lines. Test cycle method A, B or C. • Japanese Agricultural Standard, JAS 235 2003-Structural glued laminated timber • ASTM D 2559: 15. Resistance to Delamination during accelerated exposure • AITC Test T110 - Cyclic Delamination Test
New products for the industry sector
KiiltoFix Rapid is a fast one-component adhesive for fixing wood, stone, metal and most plastics in dry areas indoors. KiiltoFix Rapid has very good initial tack, so it is ideal for fixing of e.g. towel hooks, lists, panels or different gypsum ornaments as well as decoration and acoustic panels. KiiltoFix Rapid is dust dry in approx. 15 minutes, and fully dry after 2448 hours. It has low odour and contains no solvents. Overpaintable with water based paints. • Package: 290 ml cartridge, consumption approx. 12 linear metres (joint dimension 5 x 5 mm) Upgraded dust-reduced Kiilto SR DF Pikamärkätilatasoite (quick setting plaster for wet areas). Thanks to new technology, Kiilto SR DF is almost dustless, when mixing. Kiilto SR DF is a cement based, quick setting wall plaster for dry and wet areas indoors. Layer thicknesses: 2-5 mm in overplastering, 2-15 mm in partial plastering. Drying time 4 hours, with thicker layers 24 hours. Suitable under waterproofing membrane and tiling. M1labelled. • Coverage: 1.4 kg/m2/mm • Package: 20 kg bag Kalle Pro Parkettilakka. Kalle Parkettilakka (parquet lacquer) has been upgraded and rebranded, now named Kalle Pro Parkettilakka. M1-labelled Kalle Pro is ideal for floors exposed to hard wear, e.g. sport areanas. New Kalle Pro is white, which facilitates lacquering. Kalle Pro has better resistance against friction marks, lower odour and is thicker than before. Also longer working time, max. 6 hours, after hardener adding. New product for special tiles – Kiilto HighFlex S2. Cementbased Kiilto Highflex S2 is a new type of tiling adhesive for fixing ceramic tiles indoors and outdoors. Economic, non-sagging and M1-labelled. Suitable for special tiling work, e.g. tiling of steel panel bathrooms. Due to high flexibility and good adhesion it is ideal for tiling of back walls of sauna stoves. Thanks to good deformation properties, suits well for tiling concrete substrates in new buildings. White in colour, which makes it ideal for fixing glass mosaic and glass tiles. Product’s new formula enables fast jointing: walls can be jointed approx. 12 h and floor clinkers approx. 24 h after tiling. Mixed mass must be used within 3 hours and open time is approx. 20 minutes. • 10 kg bag gives approx. 9-12 m2 tiled area • Complies with classification C2TES2 according to EN 12004
A wider range of Kestopur 205 –adhesives Kestopur 205/30, Kestopur 205/60, Kestopur 205/110. New polyurethane adhesives are two-component and non-solvent. They give a very tough bond on metal surfaces. Suitable for gluing of e.g. metals, wood, insulation materials and fibre composite. Used often in sandwich elements used in thermal insulated bodies in trucks. Kestokol 94 + Hardener M. Kestokol 94 is a two-component dispersion adhesive to be used in laminating wooden panels in non-stop pressing lines. The bond has very good resistance to water and heat. Sitomelt 1201 is an EVA-based hot melt for pleating air filters. Has high melt viscosity and gives a very elastic bond. Can be foamed, if needed. Sitomelt 1212 is an EVA-based hot melt for pleating air filters. Has high melt viscosity and heat tack. Sitomelt 1280 is an EVA-based hot melt for veneering in the plywood industry. The adhesive is beige and bonds fast. Suitable for producing birch and conifer veneer. Sitol 2011 is an EVA-based dispersion adhesive for assembling cases and corrugated board boxes. Fast bonding. Ideal for nozzle application. Suitable for gluing certain plastic types (e.g. corona PE, PVC and PS) onto cardboard. Akvapur AM 1000 is a dispersion adhesive developed for PVC foil coatings of MDF and other wood based board blanks milled with cutter when using membrane or deep drawing techniques. The adhesive gives good and even surface quality.
Kiilto Gel Primer is a primer for porous and non-porous wall surfaces. Can be used diluted for priming cementbased floors. Due to its viscous consistency undiluted Gel Primer stays well on vertical surfaces. No dripping. Can be applied on paint, PVC-coated steel sheets (e.g. prefabricated sheet metal bathrooms), building boards, porous cement based levelling compound and concrete. • Consumption undiluted approx. 10 m2/l and diluted (1 part primer, 4 parts water) approx. 30 m2/5 l. Package size: 10 l plastic pail. Kiilto Gel Primer is waterbased and M1-labelled. Dust-reduced Kiilto TopPlan DF. Kiilto’s new Kiilto TopPlan DF offers now a dust-reduced alternative for levelling floors indoors. Layer thickness 1-10 mm. Has excellent spreading properties and can also be pumped. Dustreduced formula reduces significantly the amount of dust on sites. • Consumption 1.6 kg/mm/m2 and package size 20 kg bag. M1-labelled.