Open Source Wood challenge: large wall panel connections

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Metsä Wood’s Open Source Wood is an open platform developed to connect people and innovation in the wood construction industry. Open Source Wood gathers ideas and designs from all corners of the globe and makes them available for all, free of charge. We believe the only way to grow wood use in construction is to share knowledge.

New Open Source Wood challenge is now open!

Metsä Wood will award the best design for a clever and practical way to connect LVL (laminated veneer lumber) panels to large panels that can be used as wall elements, for example. 

The challenge is open until 30 October 2019, and the best design will receive €5,000.

Technical requirements:

  • A large panel for a wall element with a height of 4.2 metres and a length of 15 metres
  • Design Kerto® LVL-based (max panel size width 2.5 metres and length 15 metres from production).
  • Utilises the material efficiently and does not create excess waste
  • Does not rely only on a stick frame.
  • Can take horizontal wind loads, vertical permanent and imposed load, and has racking resistance.

Competition in brief:

  • Competition ends on 30 October 2019.
  • All entries must be uploaded to Open Source Wood platform.
  • Entries are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 (CC BY 4.0) – as with all Open Source Wood uploads.
  • Read the full instructions how to participate at

Metsä Wood’s specialists will select the best idea. The winner will be contacted personally.

Visit and join the initiative!


Metsä Wood

Metsä Wood is one of the leading European producers of engineered wood products. We are committed to serving three segments: construction, industrial and distribution customers. Our primary products are Kerto® LVL, plywood and other wood products. We also sell Nordic timber produced by Metsä Fibre.

In 2018, Metsä Wood's sales were EUR 0.4 billion, and it employs approximately 1,500 people. Metsä Wood is part of Metsä Group.

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