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Creating a "wood-to-city" value chain in Berlin

Bauhuette 4.0, Germany

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This initiative is planning to develop Europe’s first “Forest-to-City” value chain for affordable housing in wood, located in the heart of Europe, in the neighborhood of the former Tegel airport in Berlin. It is developing a 3S based prototypical value chain that connects actors from forest management in Brandenburg region as the Sink, housing construction in Berlin as Storage, and building of the new residential “Schumacher Quartier” constructed with prefabricated wood components as an example of Substitution. 

BAUHUETTE 4.0 INTERVENTIONS ACROSS THE 3S FRAMEWORK

Forest

SINK

Bauhuette 4.0 will be using home-grown timber from regional Brandenburg and Berlin forests to supply the construction material, working with public and private forest owners to encourage sustainable harvesting practices

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STORAGE

Endorsed by the local and regional government, this initiative will address the urgent need for low-cost housing in Berlin, providing around 6.000 housing units out of a total need of 200.000 estimated for Berlin

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SUBSTITUTION

It aims to reduce energy and carbon demand in the construction sector by promoting industrialized wood-based construction, stepping away from fossil-energy intensive steel and concrete production, thus reducing embodied carbon occurring prior to a building being inhabited

Carbon modelling for this BI is still ongoing; results coming soon

CSFEP's ROLE

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Modelling the Value Chain and analysing the 3S carbon impact

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Building a Community of Practice across the Wood-to-City value chain, which will be used as a knowledge generation and management tool

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Benchmarking the current knowledge of setting up a sustainable forest to city value chain

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BAUHUETTE 4.0'S IMPACT

Based on the innovative ideas of the Bauhaus and the Bauhütte movement, as well as a horizontally and vertically digitally networked forest-to-city value chain for urban timber construction, Bauhuette 4.0 aims to raise this untapped potential. The aim is to establish highly efficient and (partially) automated production, assembly and logistics concepts as well as a close stringent connection between sustainable urban development, new urban infrastructures and (supra-)regional forestry.

A general feasibility and potential study carried out in 2020 showed the positive urban development, economic and climate-related effects that can be expected from an established Bauhuette 4.0:

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Significant price reduction of timber construction methods for the creation of affordable housing

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Increase in the use of wood as a bio-based building material and a resultant reduction of CO2 emissions in the construction industry

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Increase in the storage of CO2 in cities and the strengthening of small and medium-sized enterprises as well as the creation of new jobs in the timber industry

PARTNERSHIPS

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LEARN MORE ABOUT THE WORK BAUHUETTE 4.0 IS DOING

Bauhuette 4.0 - Perspectives for the construction of tomorrow 

CONTACT US

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