Sisco as a company
Sisco builds a better life from wood
As a pioneer in wooden module construction, our goal is to help you find a high-quality and reasonably-priced home where you don’t have to compromise on anything. In fact, what we really want to do is change the way homes are built and bought for good.
Massive wood high-rises and houses in Uusikaupunki
In Southwest Finland, things are looking up in the car industry, for example, and an estimated 15,000 new jobs are expected to be created there in the next few years alone. Cities like Uusikaupunki desperately need new housing, and Sisco is right there to deliver.
Smartly different homes
Wood is good for the environment and good for people. The human nature of wood has helped us create cosy, communal environments all around the Helsinki city area. And there are more on the way. We’re expanding our horizons with new Sisco homes outside the Helsinki area. They’re human-sized homes built conveniently close to public transportation connections. And just like all Sisco homes, attention has been paid to every little detail.
We got together with Metsä Wood to develop wood building materials that really can’t be beat, namely Evo Wood LVL panels and elements. This is wood at its very best – it’s sturdy, durable and breathable, which is why it’s the perfect material for the entire structure. Of course, it’s also ecological and recyclable.
How we build your home
With us, construction is mostly tidy indoors work. To minimize mistakes, we make our modules in our new logistics and assembly center in Hakkila, Vantaa – not outside in the rain or snow. All of our homes are built using our industrial production process. And that’s actually a really good thing. It’s because of that process that Sisco homes are built quickly, cost-effectively and ensuring the highest quality.
At the actual building site, it takes just six months from the moment the excavator breaks ground until your home is ready for you to move in. And it’s not just your home but also your yard, with its grassy green lawns. Here’s how we do it:
It all starts with excavation. The topsoil is removed, filled in and the foundations are cast. At the same time, the production of the modules and elements kicks off at our factory in Hakkila, industrially and consistently.
The assembly-ready modules and elements are then transported to the sites. They’re lifted into place with large cranes and are sturdily connected to each other. After that, the roof goes on.
The exterior facades are finished and the houses are painted. Inside, we tidy up after ourselves. Next, it’s time to fit the porches and stairs.
Finally, the yard, driveways and play areas are put in order. Plant beds are laid and the yard is tidied up. And there you have it – welcome home.
How Sisco became Sisco
Our story began back in 2008 as a fairly traditional construction firm doing subcontracting for other companies. Our ambition grew year after year, and in 2012 we began producing our own homes. As a company, we’re happy to go against the grain when it makes sense, so we knew right away we would use wood to build Sisco homes. After all, wood is a Finnish national treasure. So it was about time that someone brought wood and all its benefits up to date when it comes to modern construction and living.
Over the years, we’ve built hundreds of sites from wood elements. Some of them have many floors and some have less. We’ve even used concrete to build some of them, but we’ve come to realize that you actually hardly need it at all. On top of all that, we’re always focused on innovating and improving.
The year 2017 is going to be an especially big one for us as we launch our collection of customizable, move-in-ready massive wood high-rises. We know we’re on the right track.
Where we’re going
Our strong growth has definitely been fueled by our courage to think, be and do differently. We’ve built around 500 homes over the course of our entire history, and we’ll build at lease the same number of homes in 2017 alone. That also means that our annual turnover is expected to double from 2016 to 2017. Our growth story got another boost in 2016 when the funds managed by Sentica Partners Ltd. became our majority partner.
One time one of our building sites happened to be in the way of some moor frogs. Or to be more precise, their ditches. Well, we believe there’s enough room for all of us, so we dug new ditches for them along the edges of the plot and they’re happily croaking there to this day.
Our ecological values
In addition to having chosen wood as our building material, ecological values in general are really important to us. We don’t chop down trees for no reason. Each log’s journey from the forest to the wall of one of our homes clear from the time the tree is felled. We use the valuable raw material as efficiently as possible. In fact, there’s just one container for wood waste at our Hakkila factory, and even that’s only emptied about once a month. All Sisco homes also get some of the energy they need from solar panels installed on the roof. So, sunny days make our residents especially happy!
At the start of 2017 we also committed to the UN’s sustainable development Global Compact initiative, which aims to prevent corruption and respect and protect human rights, workers and the environment. You can read more about the initiative here.
Energy from the sun
All Sisco homes produce part of the energy they use with solar panels installed on the roof.
We don’t chop down trees unnecessarily. Each log’s journey from the forest to the wall of one of our homes is clear from the time the tree is felled. Technology minimizes waste.