December 28, 2011

Combination of wood & steel: ecological?

There is a growing talk about ecological living in our western societies. I recently had a discusssion with a person who is considering to start architectual company focused on eco-buildings, mainly focusing on developing countries. So the message of "sustainable buildings" is spreading also to outside tradional eco-countries, countries that can afford to talk about these values.

For me these ecological values are always a dilemma, because they many times forget about the end-users, the customers. It is nice to think in ecological way, however, would you live in a mud-house yourself with your children? Also, the dilemma for me are the profets that are preaching their gospel black-n-white. Sometimes only wood is great, sometimes only steel and sometimes only concrete. Or sometimes only stray and mud.

We at Peikko rather be neutral to about this - we only focus on creating value with our existing and future products on this level as well. And we believe in combination of materials.

Recent case on this can be seen above. A project in Liechtenstein (read the whole article in our customer magazine Concrete Connections ( combines our Deltabeams and wooden slabs and walls. What are you thinking after reading this? For me it looks like at least better than buildings made out of mud :-)

December 16, 2011

Optimism creates development and dynamism – Happy new years of 2013-2015 already !

Whenever I visit North America I am always amazed about the drive and optimism I see there. “Today it is going great, and tomorrow looks even better”, goes the frequent saying. Of course this mindset has seen some changes in the recent years, nevertheless, the attitude is still clearly there.
The optimism is also visible in above construction statistics. The US Construction market statistics 2007-2016 by one institute of McGraw Hill is showing 19% growth for 2013, 31% growth for 2014 and 20% growth for 2015 – interestingly and  maybe  due to “politically correctness” there is no growth projection for 2012. Why are they thinking that 2013-2015 are so great?

On the opposite, while Europe is suffering at least the same as North America, the statistics are much more downward.  The growth for 2012 is -0,3%, and the projection for 2013 (1,8%) and 2014 (2,0%) are pretty mild.
The interesting here is that why are the American estimates so much more optimistic for the future? Do the official estimates lead to companies to overinvest or do they lead to much-needed dynamism in the market place, whereas the companies in Europe are more or less halting all their development while reading the depressive (and more correct?) estimates?
I believe that optimism is always good - let´s forget the realism and look the world through the optimistic glasses. At least it is much more fun to imagine that markets will be much better in 2013, after the realistic no-growth of 2012.
I wish you happy, growing new years of 2013-2015 already !