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February 27, 2018

CLOSING REPORT - Satisfied trade visitors at bautec 2018

A renewed boost for the industry, greater numbers from abroad and trade visitors who were even more satisfied – last Friday, after four days of bautec, the assessment of exhibitors, trade visitors, trade associations, guilds and institutions was unanimously positive. Among trade visitors, overall satisfaction rose to 82.5 per cent. 78.9 per cent of those polled said they would be back for the next bautec in two years time. The proportion of international attendance rose to 8.3 per cent.

”The widespread positive reactions are proof that bautec has firmly established itself among exhibitors and trade visitors as a shop window for new products and as a networking platform for all the skilled trades. Conditions could not be better for the next bautec in two years time“, said Karel Heijs, divisional head at Messe Berlin GmbH.

This year’s fair offered trade visitors numerous new formats which were very well received by the public. New events included an architects' congress on façades, a Practical Day for the sanitation, heating and air-conditioning sector, and the bautec.INNOVATION AWARD, for which votes were cast by trade visitors.

”This year we addressed new topics that gave us the chance to target audiences even more precisely“, Heijs added. Most trade visitors represented the construction and installation professions, in particular the sanitation, heating and air-conditioning sector (34.4%), followed by architects, planners and engineers, whose attendance was proportionately higher (19.2 %). Covering 8,000 square metres, Hall 25 with its new layout for the sanitation, heating and air-conditioning sector, where all the leading companies from the construction engineering industry were represented, was among the major attractions at bautec.

The Construction Career Center met with a very positive response and was visited by around 3,000 students of all ages. Many young visitors also took the opportunity to attend University Day (22 Feb.) at the BAKA Forum. As part of the ‘Education Offensive 2050’ the three best projects received honours.

The combined events of Grünbau Berlin, the specialist section for public outdoor installations, metall IT, the specialist section for the metal trade, and the special Housing Construction Show also met with keen interest.

Overall, 459 exhibitors from 19 countries showcased their latest building materials, construction systems and technical installations for existing and new buildings on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds. 32,000 visitors attended this year’s event. The next bautec will take place from 18 to 21 February 2020.

First bautec.INNOVATION AWARD goes to Ulrich Brunner GmbH
There was excitement in the air shortly before the end of bautec on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds, as the presentation of the first bautec.INNOVATION AWARD was taking place. First prize, a bautec.BÄR along with a certificate, went to Ulrich Brunner GmbH for the company’s Brunner BHZ heating control unit, a modularly expandable hydraulic box with all the components needed to create bivalent heating systems. Second prize was awarded to Hottgenroth Software GmbH & Co. KG for its HottScan HS-1, a system that automatically takes 3D measurements. Third prize was won by PERI GmbH for its DUO combined formwork system, a universal lightweight formwork for walls, foundations, pillars and ceilings. Two other companies were also recognised for their innovative entries: C³-Carbon Concrete Composite e.V. for its carbon concrete, and LTM GmbH for its Thermo 200-50 range of intelligent ventilation units. ”We are delighted to have received this award for our heating control system. On behalf of Brunner I would like to say ‘thank you’ for this honour. This is proof that our innovation fulfils a market need“, said Oliver Nanko, product consultant at Ulrich Brunner GmbH after receiving the award.

Practical Day for the sanitation, heating and air-conditioning sector: Brötje and Geberit Challenge – DASA has the best installation engineers
On 21 February, the Wednesday of the fair, the search was on for the region’s best installation engineers. At the Practical Day for the sanitation, heating and air-conditioning sector which took place at the Construction Career Center, 13 companies from Berlin/Brandenburg fielded teams of two against each other. DASA, from Brandenburg, took first and second place, while Lutter IBL came third. Working in front of a live audience, the Brötje and Geberit Challenge contestants had to complete four disciplines. To begin with they had to display their practical knowledge before taking on practical tasks. The first was to establish an apartment layout that ensured a legally compliant distribution of drinking water. Afterwards, they had to correctly adjust a cistern. For the third task they had to service a gas thermal heater. Points were awarded for times taken and the quality of their work.

First Real Estate Day
On 22 February, the Thursday of the fair, Real Estate Day celebrated its debut. Together with experts from two ministries (BMWi, BMUB), high-ranking representatives of leading associations, Bundesverband deutscher Wohnungs- und Immobilienunternehmen (GdW), Bundesverband Freier Immobilien- und Wohnungsunternehmen (BFW), Dachverband Deutscher Immobilienverwalter (DDIV), and Deutscher Verband für Wohnungswesen Städtebau und Raumordnung (DV), discussed the latest challenges of our time: the energy transition, renovation of existing buildings and affordable housing. In the evening the presentation of the Property Developer Award took place at the Palais am Funkturm. Entries for the competition had been invited by the Bundesverband deutscher Wohnungs- und Immobilienunternehmen (GdW), Bund Deutscher Architekten (BDA) and Deutscher Städtetag (DST).

Congress on façades: tradition meets modernity
On Thursday, around 500 architects, planners and engineers came to the Palais am Funkturm to find out about trends and developments in building planning and design. Ulrich Knaack, a façade specialist, provided a fascinating insight into European research efforts. His presentation included tiles and concrete components, including the necessary reinforcement elements, all produced by a 3D printer. Daniel Pfanner of Bollinger + Grohmann also gave a hi-tech presentation of fluid flow glazing façades. At the same time he criticised the discrepancy between customers’ demands and costs. By contrast, Arno Lederer from Stuttgart, who has a passion for redbrick buildings, had the following to say: ”There are simply things that we like without knowing why. During planning we are overwhelmed with data, but what ultimately counts is a room’s atmospherics.“ Eik Bjerregaard from the Danish/German offices of COBE presented examples of his own work on ’our urban living room’. The aim of these leading architects is to help solve the problems caused by the global march of urbanisation. The special tours of bautec for architects, which took place for the first time, met with keen interest and were all fully booked.

Modular construction / VIP evening
On 20 February, the opening day of bautec, high-ranking representatives of ministries and leading associations discussed modular construction at the VIP evening event on the stand of HDB. ”Many people imagine the prefrabricated buildings of the Sixties and Seventies. However, the history of modular construction goes back much further and is more attractive. At the Great Exhibition in London in 1851 the Crystal Palace was a huge prefabricated structure“, said Monika Thomas, head of the Construction, Construction Industry and Federal Construction Department at the Federal Ministry of Construction (BMUB). In mid-2017, together with the GdW, the leading association of the housing industry, the ministry set a Europe-wide tendering and contracting procedure in motion. The aim was and is to agree a solid framework for the construction of modular multi-storey housing. ”At present we are at the stage of establishing legal certainty. In early summer we will probably be able to present the individual categories. I would like to obtain nationwide uniform construction approval for the various construction categories. For Klaus Pöllath, vice president, Technical Division, Hauptverband der Deutschen Bauindustrie, it is important to satisfy people’s needs. ”We must show people that modular construction works. Once we have built 1,500 units the whole thing will take off. The construction industry will invest large sums to make this a success.“ Axel Gedaschko, president of the GdW, is delighted with developments: ”Only two years ago the concept was frowned upon. Now we know it is necessary. Ms. Ettinger-Brinckmann, an architect, appealed to policymakers to make property developers aware of their responsibility. ”Ultimately, housing availability is essential to life and living.“

Parallel with this discussion a special Housing Construction Show presented the future of the industry. Together with the Federal Construction Ministry, housing companies, manufacturers, project developers and associations highlighted the future of low-cost, multi-storey housing construction.

Federal Construction Minister Hendricks opens bautec 2018
On 20 February, the Tuesday of the fair, at a traditional ribbon cutting ceremony, Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) Dr. Barbara Hendricks opened the 18th bautec. Together with Dieter Babiel, managing director of Hauptverband der Deutschen Bauindustrie, Karel Heijs, divisional head at Messe Berlin GmbH, and other dignitaries she proceeded to take part in an extensive tour of the fair. The tour stopped in on the stands of Velux, Opitz Holzbau, Max Bögl, Geberit, the HolzBauZentrum, the association of the construction industry, the combined stand of the bautec.INNOVATION AWARD, and the Construction Career Center, where the participants were able to gain a glimpse of trainees building a water supply shaft. At the last stop, the stand of the BMUB, Dr. Barbara Hendricks and Hans-Ullrich Kammeyer, president of the National Guild of Civil Engineers, declared the Building Engineering Competition 2018 open.

Comments on bautec 2018

Dieter Babiel, chief executive of the German construction industry association Hauptverband der Deutschen Bauindustrie:
”The key to solving Germany’s housing shortage problem is to industrialise housing construction. I welcome the fact that bautec made modular construction one of its main topics. The special Housing Construction Show impressively demonstrated that not only is modular construction affordable, it is also appealing in terms of architectural design. In order to build more we also need more workers. I was very pleased that construction industry companies are making use of bautec as a platform for attracting newcomers. By establishing the Construction Career Center bautec has found the right solution. The message delivered by the Construction Career Center was impressive: those who choose a construction career today can find secure and attractive jobs in a booming industry.“

Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Dr. Barbara Hendricks:
”I visited bautec twice in one week. The fair always inspires everyone involved in construction and housing. On the one hand one can view all the industry’s new products and on the other one can see that they have a practical value. That is why I find bautec so fascinating every two years.”

State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Reactor Safety Gunther Adler:
“It was a great pleasure to be at bautec once again this year. It is exciting to see what new developments there are. Exhibitors at bautec face the same challenges as the entire industry: digitalisation, making technological progress and increasing efficiency. The companies have many ideas on how to confront these issues and in doing so benefit everyone in the process. Overall, I found the mood very good here.“

Andreas Schuh, master craftsman of the Berlin Guild of Sanitation, Heating and Air-conditioning Professions:
”Our results at bautec were outstanding. The halls were very busy and we had excellent meetings on all days of the fair. Our partners from the industry put up fantastic stands which naturally attracted visitors. I am very grateful to the fair’s organisers who did a great job.“

Norbert Band, master craftsman of the Brandenburg Regional Guild:
With the help of the industry we took a big leap forwards in terms of quality. The stand was very busy, including the guild’s stand offering advice. All in all it was a super event. After the fair we will begin with preparations for bautec 2020. In my opinion we need this fair, and both we and the Berlin Guild of Sanitation, Heating and Air-conditioning Professions will do everything to ensure it stays.

Ingeborg Esser, managing director of Bundesverband deutscher Wohnungs- und Immobilienunternehmen (GdW):
”We made a huge effort at bautec this year. The combination at bautec is just right.”

Christian Hartig, regional sales manager for the north, FAKRO Dachfenster GmbH:
”The roofing guild drew our attention to bautec and this is the first time we were represented as an exhibitor. We had numerous interested visitors from abroad, and in particular many customers from the local region on our stand. We are very satisfied with the fair so far.”

Richard Wasmeier, regional manager, heating systems, Ulrich Brunner GmbH:
”bautec was a big success for us. We had very interesting meetings both with trade visitors and the general public. We are also delighted that we won the first place in the bautec.INNOVATION AWARD contest for our Brunner heating control unit.”

Uwe Pfeiffer, Geberit Vertriebs GmbH:
“We are very satisfied with bautec 2018. We had excellent meetings and lots of customers on our stand. That is why we are looking forward to bautec 2020. Our involvement in the Construction Career Center assisting newcomers was a success too.”

Uwe Peuker, Goldbeck GmbH:
“Our participation in the special Housing Construction Show was a success. It gave us an opportunity to present our system and we met lots of new people. At the bautec special show, focusing on individual housing construction topics might be worthwhile, for example construction of houses, apartments, office buildings, car parks, schools and logistics sites.“

Detlef Heise, Berlin branch manager, PERI GmbH:
“In short, outstanding. We established many new contacts and were able to cultivate lots of existing customer relations. We are delighted that our DUO plastic combined formwork system met with keen interest and was honoured with a bautec.INNOVATION AWARD.“