Lehto is a forerunner of a better tomorrow. We are driven by the need to be ahead of our time and reinvent the construction industry – and in this way to generate value, a better tomorrow for our customers: high-quality, affordably-priced, fast and ecological construction. We create ingenious homes, successful business premises, functional care homes and schools, and carry out effortless pipeline renovations.
Juuso Hietanen started as Lehto´s new CEO
Product lifecycle management is still a new concept in industrial construction – Lehto has introduced it on a wide scale. We have put together a kind of digital toolbox that contains detailed information on the components, materials and supplies required for wooden apartment buildings. We have also defined a work schedule that runs all the way from R&D to planning, and from construction to maintenance. This speeds up the construction planning phase, as designers will in essence begin their work with a ready-made product range and proceed according to a set work schedule. The actual construction phase will likewise be faster.
Shorter planning and construction schedules will generate cost savings, and predetermined materials and supplies will make the general cost-level of construction easier to determine. Product lifecycle management also ensures that, when a building is completed, we will know exactly what components and materials were used, which in turn facilitates property maintenance and upkeep. This innovation will take Lehto closer to its goal of raising the degree of industrialisation in construction, that is, harnessing even more prefabricated products on construction sites.
A wooden apartment building combines all of the favourable characteristics of wood. It offers a low-carbon alternative in housing construction – both during the construction process and throughout a building’s lifecycle. Lehto’s long-term development work has resulted in a production method for wooden apartment buildings that ensures top-quality homes at affordable prices. Apartment buildings that are built from apartment modules can be completed within about six months from the start of factory production. Standardised products, practices and procedures ensure rapid progress throughout the entire construction process.
“We must be both passionate and responsible in how we build a better society and a better life for our customers. Whoever can do this cost-consciously, sustainably and permanently will be a pioneer. Being a forerunner will involve modularity, digitalisation, and transferring certain work stages to the factory. I think being a forerunner is all about attitude and having the courage to do things differently,” says Lehto’s new CEO, Juuso Hietanen, of Lehto’s pioneering approach.
Helena Säteri has been employed in construction for 40 years and has more than 15 years of experience on the Boards of Directors of various companies and more than 10 years of experience in ownership steering by the State. Her most recent appointment was as Director-General at the Ministry of the Environment from 2008 to 2020.
“At today’s companies, responsibility is evident in, for example, personnel wellbeing, taking environmental issues into consideration and financially sustainable business. We’re on the right path when responsibility is assessed on the basis of the company’s code of values, and not just euros.
In my opinion, responsibility is now a major competitive edge for companies in the construction industry as well. Young people are particularly interested in sustainable development, and corporate responsibility increasingly guides their consumption and investment decisions.
Lehto’s operations include several elements that support sustainable construction. For instance, advanced industrial prefabrication in dry indoor premises ensures consistent quality and excellent moisture control, and also provides substantial time and cost benefits, as the construction site phase is shorter than usual. Factory production is also favourable to the environment, as it reduces material waste and construction site traffic.
Lehto has also successfully conceptualised factory production as part of the construction of wooden apartment buildings. Wood construction is an emerging trend in the industry. I think that Lehto is extremely well prepared for the growing demand for wooden apartment buildings.
The construction industry is in transition due to factors such as tighter environmental and energy targets, and companies have to come up with more sustainable ways of working. It’s interesting to follow the development of the industry. I believe that Lehto has all that it takes to lead the way in responsibility, too.”
Industrial prefabrication is changing both construction and its productivity. We are transferring challenging phases of construction from sites to factories – indoors, where work is not at the mercy of the weather. Carrying out construction work at factories enhances efficiency and also ensures a moisture-controlled production chain. One advantage of serial production is the continuous improvement in quality, and prefabrication enables us to achieve time and cost benefits. Construction is high quality, affordable, fast and ecological.
Prefabricated riser elements make pipe renovations quick and easy to carry out. The riser elements developed by Lehto considerably speed up pipeline renovations and generate savings in the overall costs incurred by housing companies.