Timbeco – export stars of the Estonian timber industry
The history of Estonian timber house builder Timbeco goes back several decades to a modest family operation at the dawn of capitalism in the early 90s, building wooden log houses under the name Palktare for affluent Scandinavian and German buyers. 2006 became a turning point in the company’s development, as demand for wooden buildings went into decline in Scandinavian markets, due to more stringent energy-efficiency requirements.
However, the markets needed affordable yet elegant pre-cut buildings that could be assembled on-site using post-and-beam construction methods. The first element buildings were assembled in 2007 and soon
“Timbeco moved on to hybrid constructions – wooden facades and roofing for steel-and-concrete buildings, a business area in which there was little competition in Estonia.”
Hybrid constructions remained one of the company’s main products until 2018 and featured several unique masterpieces that are a source of pride for Timbeco to this day. Among these are the fantastic Oodi public library building in Helsinki, Finland and the prefab timber wall elements for an 18-storey apartment building in Stavanger, Norway. The range of Timbeco’s product portfolio is certainly impressive, from privately owned log houses in Japan to hospitals and industrial buildings worldwide.
Today the focus at Timbeco is on building modular houses, engineered by its subsidiary
Some may find the distinction between element houses and modular houses confusing, but Timbeco’s sales manager Tõnis Vaiksaar has
“Element houses are constructed from prefabricated timber frame elements and assembled on-site, while modular houses are built at the factory, can be erected in just hours, and are movable.”