In recent years, wood has started playing a more active role with the façades in small blocks of flats and public institutions. Fire-resistant siding made it possible to use wood on the façades of the Hovila Youth Home. Now, it is possible to have siding that is both weather and fire resistant. Fire resistant wood enable more possibilities for using wood as a building material.
CE type marking, compulsory since 1 July 2013, now allows wood to be used on the façades of buildings requiring advanced fire resistance. In the last two years, the Siparila plant in Vaajakoski has been developing its competence in the manufacturing of flame-retardant panels requiring advanced surface treatment know-how. Panels that have been manufactured to be fire resistant do not need any maintenance painting unless there is a mechanical issue.