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"Walden 48" is the winner of the HolzbauPlus 2020 competition in the category "Residential multi-family building new construction".

This building group project with 43 residential units, some of them as maisonettes, was realized as a timber hybrid building and exemplifies the qualities of timber construction in a dense urban context.

OWNER: Walden 48 GbR, c/o Mauer Bauprojektmanagement
PROJECT: Walden 48, 10249 Berlin
ARCHITECT: ARGE Scharabi | Raupach
CONSTRUCTION: Bulkhead solid wood construction (CLT) and wooden panel construction
INSULATION: wood fibre and others

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"International Day of Forests" on 21 March

Storms, drought and insect infestations have caused a great deal of damage to Germany's forests over the past three years. The "International Day of Forests" on 21 March is a good time to become aware of the many services provided by the forest.

Use calamity wood constructively

"The raw material wood is precious. It is therefore important to use it responsibly and in a way that conserves resources," warns Peter Aicher, Chairman of Holzbau Deutschland. Even if wood is affected by environmental influences or the bark beetle, it does not represent an inferior raw material, but has almost identical properties to conventional construction timber. "If the so-called 'calamity wood' has the same structural quality in terms of load-bearing capacity as conventional sawn timber, it can be used without restrictions," explains Aicher. In addition, the wood retains its important function as a CO2 sink, regardless of external impairments.

BR-Reportage (44 min., 2021) "With timber construction out of the climate crisis?"

Online until 19.01.2026

In the video contribution, among other things, the Munich timber housing estate "Prince Eugene Park" and the City of Wood in Bad Aibling.

"Drought and bark beetles are taking their toll on the forest. The resulting damaged wood has caused the price of wood to plummet. The local forest owners are making a loss, even though the beetle wood is exported thousands of kilometres to China and America as construction timber. What could be the solution to the timber crisis? And could more timber construction in our country also be a way out of the climate crisis?"


A4F Webinar "Building Evaluation with the Resource Score" (11/2020)

1 h 03 min., published: 18.11.2020

Klaus Dosch (Faktor X Agentur + ResScore GmbH) presents the Resource-Score, a pragmatic and generally understandable label for resource- and climate-friendly building.

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Application deadline extended to 12.2.2021! Call for ideas: € 6.5 million for municipal timber construction in Baden-Württemberg

Forest Minister Peter Hauk MdL: "With our call for ideas, we want to further promote municipal timber construction in the state and further consolidate our nationwide position as the No. 1 timber construction state".
A total of around 6.5 million euros in funding from the Holzbau-Offensive Baden-Württemberg is available for the call for ideas for municipal timber construction concepts. The online application deadline is 12 February 2020.

Report (2020) about the first eco-settlement in Saarland

5:18 min, First broadcast: 11/19/2020, Available until 11/20/2021.
Wir im Saarland - The Magazine ∙ SR Television

"A quarter of a century ago, Bernd Janes looked for like-minded comrades-in-arms and founded an ecologically oriented housing estate on the outskirts of Kohlhof. At first, the new neighbors were eyed critically by the surrounding community. No wonder, because the houses were built in wood, four families shared one house and the gardens were not separated from each other by fences, but merged seamlessly into each other."

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Project Info: https://sdg21.eu/db/holzbausiedlung-kleiner-hirschberg

Book review "Wohnquartier in Holz - Mustersiedlung in München" DBU Bauband 4

The ecological model settlement on a former barracks site in Munich sets new standards in timber construction. Various timber construction methods and building types up to seven storeys are being tested side by side in eight building projects with the aim of a final scientific evaluation. Timber frame, timber frame and timber hybrid construction methods are being used.

Book review "Commercial buildings in clay and wood - added value through material" DBU BauBand 3

Clay and wood in commercial construction are the exception today. But why? Because it is precisely here that these ecological building materials promise many advantages. The examples presented in this publication have one thing in common: they generate enormous added value through the material used in each case. Sometimes the focus is on flexibility and prefabrication, sometimes on the indoor climate or comfort factors, sometimes on durability, user satisfaction, the CO2 balance, recyclability - and sometimes all of these together.

Reportage of the city of Berlin "Resource-efficient building with concrete, gypsum, brick and wood".

Around 60 percent of the resources used in Berlin are processed in the construction industry. This contrasts with millions of tonnes of building rubble and construction site waste. Every year, 2.2 million tons of primary raw materials are already saved in civil engineering and building construction in Berlin through the use of quality-assured secondary raw materials. But Berlin does not intend to stop there. By 2030, a further 1.4 million tonnes of primary materials are to be replaced by secondary raw materials each year.

Higher CO2 price for heat and transport from January 2021

From 1 January 2021, climate-damaging fossil fuels will be subject to a price of 25 euros per tonne of CO2 is proven. This means that oil and diesel will become more expensive by 7.9 cents per litre, petrol by 7 cents per litre and natural gas by 0.6 cents per kilowatt hour. Citizens will be relieved of the additional costs, among other things, by a reduction in the price of electricity. The amendment, which had already been passed by the Bundestag on Thursday, also passed the Bundesrat today. The Fuel Emission Trading Act (BEHG) is designed to reduce CO2-price in the form of national certificate trading for the heating and transport sectors.

Wood architecture, social space design, diversity community and inclusion project.

Franklin Village", one of the first large-scale socially and ecologically developed residential projects in Germany, is to be built on the "Franklin" conversion site in Mannheim. The idea is to build a quarter in timber construction that claims to be ecologically and socially sustainable. The project developers will celebrate the groundbreaking ceremony in mid-September with an artistically designed parade of diversity.

Video (2020) Federal Award for Environment & Building for the WIR quarter in Berlin

"The WIR neighbourhood in Berlin is not only characterised by its high energy efficiency (KfW 40 standard) and the use of wood as a renewable raw material for the building structure, but also by the collaborative planning process, which led to different housing concepts and the integration of different social communities. Common areas and community facilities such as a residents' workshop, swimming pool, neighbourhood square and daycare centre, facilitate a lively and diverse neighbourhood. This also includes a dementia residential community as well as sponsors for youth work and refugee groups. The five apartment buildings were built with a timber frame construction and the façade in timber panel construction. This created flexible floor plans that offer good conversion possibilities."

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Results of the Construction Ministers Conference 2020 in Weimar

At their meeting in Weimar on 24 and 25 September, the building ministers of the federal states adopted resolutions on social housing, the use of ecological building materials and the digitalisation of the building permit procedure.

The EU's plan to become involved in the area of public housing promotion within the framework of the new "InvestEU" fund was critically assessed. The Federal Government was therefore called upon to advocate a modification of the programme so that subsidies are only granted if the provisions of regional, national or federal subsidy regimes are observed, in particular if a rent and occupancy obligation is provided for. The Chairman of the Conference of Building Ministers, Thuringia's Infrastructure Minister Benjamin-Immanuel Hoff, said: "It remains an important task to create affordable housing in Germany. The federal government must continue to provide at least the same level of funding. To make faster progress, we would need more money in the system. The EU's commitment is therefore to be welcomed in principle. But we must ensure that the money also reaches social housing, and we agree that this can best be done through the established funding programmes of the Länder."

New FNR study on the market potential of hardwoods

A study funded by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture determined the potential of hardwood as a substitute for coniferous wood. The results of the study are now available in a brochure published by the Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe e. V. (FNR). There is considerable potential for hardwood to be used in industrial timber, but it cannot yet be a substitute for softwood in construction

Bavaria: Building with wood is put on an equal footing with other building materials

The new version of the Bavarian Building Code will make it easier to build with wood in the future. In future, it can be used in all building classes. Schreyer: "With this, we are making wood significantly more attractive as a building material and thus making construction more sustainable." The Council of Ministers passed the amendment in its session today. Now it is the turn of the state parliament.

RLP facilitates building with wood

Council of Ministers approves bill to amend state building code

In its meeting on 26 May 2020, the Rhineland-Palatinate Council of Ministers approved in principle a draft bill to amend, among other things, the Rhineland-Palatinate Building Code. The amendment of the state building code is intended to implement changes to the so-called model building code that have already been adopted or are in preparation.

Status report 2020 on timber construction in Germany published

The discussion about climate change and the growing demand for living space have increasingly brought timber construction into the focus of planners, architects and developers over the past year. After all, sustainable timber construction can make a significant contribution to climate protection and the creation of living space. The increased interest in timber construction is also reflected in the industry figures: the turnover of companies grew by 7 percent in 2019 compared to the previous year, the number of employees increased from around 68,000 to around 70,000 and the timber construction rate continued to grow in both residential (new construction) and non-residential (new construction) construction.

Plus-energy and zero-emission house "ZebLab" in Trondheim

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Time-lapse of the construction of the ZEB Lab in Trondheim (Norway) until April 2020

Completion: May 2020

ZEB laboratory
Address: Att. SINTEF Community
Høyskoleringen 7B, 7034 Trondheim, NORWAY

Project: https://zeblab.no/
Photos: https://zeblab.no/photos

Additional Loan of NRW.BANK for Building with Wood

Housing construction has great potential to contribute to resource conservation. For this reason, NRW.BANK supports developers with a new additional loan under the state's housing promotion programme. Wood as a building material already contributes to climate protection during the construction of a building. This is why the Ministry of Home Affairs, Municipal Affairs, Building and Equal [...]

Wood Construction Prize Lower Saxony 2020 launched

The Lower Saxony Timber Construction Prize has now been awarded for the third time. The aim of the state-wide competition is to strengthen the use of wood as a climate-friendly and sustainable building material, to present the current state of timber construction and to inspire future builders to build with this unique raw material. The Lower Saxony Timber Construction Award 2020 honours structures and buildings that are predominantly made of wood and wood-based materials and stand out for their high design and timber construction quality, as well as taking particular account of ecological and resource-saving aspects in the interests of sustainability.

City building councillor hands over key in the ecological model settlement

City Planning Councillor Professor Dr. (l) Elisabeth Merk has now symbolically handed over the key to the members of the "Der Kleine Prinz" building association in Munich's Prinz Eugen Park. Their new building ensemble of atrium and point houses on Jörg-Hube-Strasse is part of the ecological model settlement there. In addition to apartments, two guest apartments, an ice cream café and a bicycle repair shop were built.

France focuses on timber construction and eco-neighborhoods

From 2022, all new public buildings must consist of at least 50 percent wood or other sustainable building material. For buildings with more than eight storeys, the supporting structure must even be made entirely of wood.

It was also decided that 90 ecological neighbourhoods and 100 urban farms should be created in Paris.

Hamburg timber construction subsidy increased

retroactive to 1 January 2020, the timber construction subsidy in Hamburg has now officially been increased to 0.80 euros per kilogram of timber product as part of the various subsidised housing construction programmes. As a funding requirement, the...

Vorarlberg has included the "Holz von Hier" label in the new subsidy guidelines for residential buildings

Recently, the Austrian state of Vorarlberg published the subsidy guidelines for 2020 and 2021 for residential renovation and new construction in the private and public sectors. The climate-friendly procurement of wood and wood products from the region is anchored in these guidelines. The origin of the wood must be proven by means of the "Holz von Hier" label recently introduced in Austria or comparable certificates.

Buildings with wood as a construction material can become a global CO2 sink

27.01.2020 A material revolution that replaces cement and steel with wood in urban construction can have double benefits for climate stabilization. This is now shown in a study by an international team of scientists. First, it can avoid greenhouse gas emissions from cement and steel production. Secondly, it can turn buildings into carbon sinks, since in the construction timber the CO2 is stored. Although the required amount of wood is theoretically available, such an expansion would require very careful sustainable forest management, the authors emphasize.

Further promotion of timber construction in Munich

The Munich City Council's Committee for Urban Planning and Building Regulations has decided to promote the construction of new, contemporary timber construction projects. This year, the city council will develop another grant programme for construction using wood and other renewable raw materials.

The subsidy programme is suitable both for individual projects and for larger housing estates and neighbourhoods. The aim of the city administration is to ensure that around 50 percent of the buildings on municipal land are constructed using timber.

State building regulations in Schleswig-Holstein have become more wood-friendly

Discrimination in multi-storey construction has been abolished: The Schleswig-Holstein State Building Code (LBO-SH) was amended by law on 1 October 2019. The amendments came into force at the end of October 2019. On the one hand, the amendment ends the disadvantage of timber construction in multi-storey construction and continues to create the conditions for additional living space under easier conditions.


BUND Yearbook Ecological Building and Renovation 2020

The project, initiated by the Bund für Umwelt und NaturschutThe BUND Yearbook Ecological Building & Renovation, published by BUND Deutschland (BUND), helps by making owners fit for discussions with the house bank, architect, energy consultant and craftsmen. The guidebook, which will be available from November, shows what can be done and how: Based on numerous house portraits, the annual compendium helps the reader to find out which measures, building materials and technologies are best suited to their own project.