As the new Chief Technical Officer of Volumetric Building Companies (VBC), Helena will be translating her Swedish expertise in automated industrial wood construction to the US market. The assignment covers both cultural conditions and raw materials, with a focus on building sustainable wooden modules for multi-storey buildings. This is exactly what she and her former employer Lindbäcks Bygg in northern Sweden have spent many years developing unique solutions for.
Sweden is at the forefront of industrial wood construction, not least in demonstrating that manufacturing wooden modules in a factory and assembling them into buildings on site is climate-smart and efficient. The functional production process and its benefits are attracting more and more people, and Helena is delighted to see the industry evolve.
“When I first came into contact with industrial construction, around the year 2000, it was an uphill battle. Clients, builders and architects were all sceptical about producing modules in one place and building in another. But today the method is flourishing. In 2022, sustainability, carbon foot-print, fast lead times and forest resources are the buzzwords of the day. Suddenly I’m at the heart of the action,” says Helena.