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Exterior Wall Sandwich Panel is fully recyclable and reusable.

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Comprised of insulation layer between 2 color-coated steel sheets, Ruukki life panel is used in exterior walls of industrial, commercial, and logistics buildings to improve rating under LEED and BREAM assessment. Up to 80% of raw materials in mineral wool core of these steel sandwich panels is recycled. Steel sheets used in exterior and interior surfaces, as well as glass wool used as insulating material, are 100% recyclable.

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The Most Ecological Panel on the Market from Ruukki - Fully Recyclable and Reusable

HELSINKI -- Ruukki is to launch its new Ruukki life panel on the construction market. The panel considerably reduces the use of non-renewable raw materials. Around 80 per cent of the raw materials in the mineral wool core of steel sandwich panels is recycled.

The lifecycle costs of the new life panel are low, because the panel can be reused in other buildings. Neither does it result in extra costs in waste processing, since the material can be fully recycled.

Life panel is a prefabricated sandwich panel consisting of an insulation layer between two colour-coated steel sheets. The panels are used in exterior walls in their main applications: industrial, commercial and logistics buildings.

"The new life panel is yet another example of how Ruukki is developing energy-efficient solutions for building. The life panel saves non-renewable raw materials and its energy panel version achieves considerable savings in the energy consumption of buildings," says, Toni Hemminki, SVP, Technology, Energy and Environment at Ruukki.

Life panels deliver a better U value or thermal insulation capacity that traditional mineral wool panels. This benefits users in the form of energy savings.

The steel sheets used in the exterior and interior surfaces, as well as the glass wool used as the insulating material, are 100% recyclable as, for example, raw material in Ruukki's production. Use of life panels in a building improves a building's rating under LEED and BREAM environmental assessment methods.

"It has traditionally been hard to find sustainable building components, the Ruukki life panel provides an ecological building option at a competitive price, without sacrificing quality," says Pasi Turpeenniemi, Product Group Manager.

"The Ruukki life panel is the result of co-development of which we can be proud. The product represents just the kind of sustainability values and quality that Isover subscribes to," says Olli Nikula, Isover's Business Director at Saint-Gobain Rakennustuotteet Oy.

Life panels are made in compliance with European and Ruukki's quality criteria at Ruukki's sandwich panel plant in Aläjärvi, Finland. The main market area for the panel is Finland, Norway, Sweden and the rest of northern Europe.

In Sweden, the highest BVB (Building Material Assessment) class, or status as recommended building product, is being applied for. Likewise, the product meets and exceeds the accepted product criteria under the Swedish system.

In spring 2011, Ruukki launched an energy panel, which makes the external wall of a building very airtight. Airtightness delivers savings in a building's heating and cooling costs and reduces carbon dioxide emissions. Ruukki guarantees the airtightness level of the wall structure. The Ruukki life panel now launched is also available in an energy panel version.

Ruukki's new sandwich panels are:

Ruukki life panel [ ]

Ruukki life energy panel [ ]

Ruukki provides its customers with energy-efficient steel solutions for better living, working and moving. Ruukki operates in some 30 countries and employs around 11,800 people.

Net sales in 2011 totalled EUR 2.8 billion. The company's share is quoted on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki (Rautaruukki Oyj: RTRKS).

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