Our vision is to plan and implement projects that do not leave a carbon footprint and that focus on sustainability. To achieve this goal, we have developed several strategies that we intend to implement consistently in the coming years.
The implementation of our vision challenges us every day.
One method to build more sustainably and produce fewer emissions is to work with renewable resources. Wood construction is a good choice here, as it generally generates about 15% less CO2 than solid construction with concrete. In the field of insulation materials, too, there are now many products made from natural materials (e.g., flax or hemp) that can certainly compete with conventional insulation boards made of rock wool or polystyrene in terms of insulating capacity. For the time being, however, concrete is and will remain indispensable in many areas (underground garages, stairwells, etc.). An important and often neglected aspect of the CO2 balance of a construction project is the so-called gray energy (energy expenditure for mining and transport of raw materials, manufacturing and processing procedures, deconstruction and recycling of materials). If this aspect is taken into account, it is possible that an insulation made of rock wool has a better overall energy balance than an insulation made of flax, which must first be imported at great expense.
We believe that economic and ecological aspects must be combined in order to bring about a real change in thinking within our industry. The challenge is to create buildings that are not only energy efficient and made of renewable materials, but which are also affordable for the majority of the population. Furthermore, functionality and design should be well balanced.
The market has already responded in this respect. New building materials made of natural materials are constantly being developed and existing technologies (e.g., solar panels) are being adapted so that they can also be used in aesthetically demanding projects. However, it will be some time before it is possible to purchase real estate built exclusively from renewable and visually appealing materials. Nevertheless, we do not want to just wait around, but are already trying to turn our vision into reality as best we can!
In order to compensate for the generated CO2, which currently can’t be avoided for economic or technical reasons, we are working with partners in the fields of reforestation and ocean farming. By supporting reforestation projects, we replace the wood that is used for our projects. Ocean farming involves the cultivation of kelp, also known colloquially as seaweed, which has the ability to store large amounts of CO2.
More detailed information about the different strategies as well as scientific articles, documentations and further information can be found in the corresponding subcategories.