14 June 2016 – The first ever FSC project certificate in Finland has been issued by certification body NEPCon to the Löyly sauna complex in downtown Helsinki. ‘Löyly’ is the sensation you get when water is sprinkled on the hot rocks in a traditional sauna – as the heat and humidity rise rapidly. A sensation with a place deep in the heart of Finns, who treat sauna as an almost spiritual place of tranquillity.

Hernesaaren Löyly becomes Finland’s first FSC-certified project

Löyly is committed to sustainable business and green construction, making the environment its primary consideration throughout the project. This covered everything from FSC-certified construction material to the menu.

Hernesaaren Löyly becomes Finland’s first FSC-certified project

FSC-certified wood has been used for the latticework, outside surfaces, and terrace decking. These and all other wood used in the construction are treated with a Nardic Eco-labelled product, and the interior walls are made from waste material from birch plywood production. Löyly uses Eco-energy-certified electricity, and the building’s sea-view glass walls are energy-efficient. The restaurant serves responsibly harvested fish and local produce. WWF recommended that the project use FSC-certified materials and advised on a responsible menu.

Löyly is co-owned by actor Jasper Pääkkönen and Member of Parliament Antero Vartia (Finnish Green Party), who are promoting sustainable choices and want to encourage people to make sustainable decisions in every aspect of life.