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February 18, 2020

bautec 2020 – Digital. Sustainable. Building.

Wide range of topics at the start of bautec 

Digitalisation, globalisation, interconnectedness, mobility and increasing complexity – the construction industry is currently undergoing a far-reaching transition. Additional factors include a reduction in available living space, especially in built-up areas, and the challenges and tasks associated with climate change. The 19th bautec, taking place in Berlin from 18 to 21 February, provides a platform where the construction industry and stakeholders in this sector can exchange ideas, discuss ways of finding solutions, and network. During this four-day event on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds the 420 exhibitors from 19 countries will be presenting the latest trends and developments in all aspects of construction and building services engineering. The comprehensive portfolio encompasses the latest building materials for roofs, walls and external cladding, fitting out and drywall installation, building services engineering in the areas of sanitation, heating and air conditioning, as well as construction systems and technical equipment for existing and new buildings.

The bautec exhibition and supporting programme also include some new formats dealing with issues of pressing importance for the building sector: affordable living spaces in built-up areas, modular and serial construction, digitalisation in the construction industry, energy-efficient building and renovation of building stock, climate protection and sustainability, re-use and recycling, fire prevention, and the shortage of young professionals and skilled workers. This year sees a number of new features: Norway as the first partner country of bautec, as well as up#BERLIN, TECH IN CONSTRUCTION with a special area reserved for start-ups, the Re-Use and Recycling show with its associated Technical Forum, and the first Building Influencers’ Forum.

Over 80 exhibitors are presenting their latest products and services in the six exhibition halls on the southern section of the Messe Berlin exhibition grounds. Among them are auxalia, BWT Wassertechnik, Kaldewei, Max Bögl and Peri. The international exhibitors include purelivin from Austria, Saint-Gobain SageGlass from Switzerland, Zremb Poland, Eterbright Solar Corporation from Taiwan and Isola from Norway.

In addition the 18 nominees for the 2nd bautec.INNOVATION AWARD provide evidence of the innovative strengths of the construction industry and the building services engineering sector. The products and system solutions that have been nominated for the bautec.BEAR can be seen in a separate display in Hall 3.2, where trade visitors can also cast their votes for their favourites. The winners of the bautec.INNOVATION AWARDs will be chosen on Friday (21.2.) at 1 p.m. at the BAKA Forum in Hall 3.2.

In the run-up to the fair the many applications received in advance for the outstanding supporting programme at the Hall Forums, including the GRÜNBAU BERLIN forum, are proof of the keen interest being shown by the building industry in this programme at bautec, and the relevance of its subject matter. Over 1,000 architects and planners have already registered to attend the bautec Congress URBAN LIVING | Positions and Perspectives.

With some 80 exhibitors and over 3,700 advance applications from school pupils and trainees, this year’s Careers Center bautec has broken all previous records.

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Horst Seehofer, Federal Minister of the Interior, for Building and Community:
“Our aim is to create sufficient affordable living spaces for people in our country. To achieve this we need people in the building sector. We need their commitment, their capabilities and their innovativeness. The construction industry has one of the highest levels of investment of any business sector in Germany. As a strong partner it also makes a significant contribution to implementing the energy transition.”


Petter Ølberg, Norwegian Ambassador in Berlin:
“Climate change and a housing shortage are among the major challenges of our time. At bautec 2020 Norway is showing how a joint effort can be adopted to tackle these challenges. Norway recently attracted a lot of attention with a spectacular high rise timber building. As a renewable building material timber is more sustainable than many other materials. We are also working to create emission-free construction sites. As the first partner country of this trade show in Berlin we are delighted to have an opportunity to show how building can be made more sustainable.”

Dieter Babiel, Chief Executive of the National Association of the German Building Industry:
“The planning, construction and use of buildings are facing some completely new challenges. Digital interconnection demands and encourages cooperation at an early stage, and improved communication among all stakeholders. up#BERLIN in Hall 4.2 is a new project involving partnership between the building industry and bautec, bringing together all the various stakeholders in the construction sector. It provides an innovative platform where building owners, planners, construction firms and operators can network and exchange ideas with the representatives of companies, associations, institutes and also with those from research and development.”

Axel Gedaschko, President of GdW, the National Association of German Housing and Real Estate Companies:

“Serial and modular construction in particular and, closely associated with it, the digitalisation of construction, are important components in assuring the future of affordable building and housing. The shortage of skilled workers, short construction times and less conflict with neighbours, the reduced consumption of resources and also lower costs are the driving forces for the revival of what are actually old ideas but now with an entirely new quality. This new platform, up#BERLIN at bautec, is the ideal place for displaying the many different innovations in every aspect of planning, building and operating residential buildings. For all planners, building owners, operators and other interested persons, the slogan is: come along, and benefit from new discoveries and joint discussions.”

Karel Heijs, Divisional Manager for bautec:

“Digitalisation, sustainability and serial construction – all the topics of current interest to the construction sector can be found at bautec in Berlin. With its many highlights the 19th bautec provides an expert review of the entire industry. From the presentation of the latest products and services to constructive discussions as part of the supporting programme, and maintaining networks: for skilled tradesmen, architects and engineers, leading decision-makers in the housing and real estate sector, or private building owners alike, here in Berlin we provide the opportunity over four days for all of them to expand their knowledge.”

Andreas Schuh, Chief Executive of the Sanitation, Heating and Air Conditioning Guild in Berlin:
“The challenges facing the sanitation, heating and air conditioning sector are those presented by the energy transition, demographic change and digitalisation. Nowadays, when the owners of buildings want to carry out construction work they have to be able to take a comprehensive look at all the technical possibilities. Today’s specialised businesses have to provide all-encompassing advice and, apart from being informed about the latest innovations, they also have to ensure that the staff in their own companies are constantly updating their skills and knowledge. In order to safeguard the future of the industry, it is vital for businesses to be able to attract skilled workers. These fascinating topics are all being presented here at bautec, which has so much to offer craft enterprises and their employees, building owners and housing companies, and the potential skilled workers of the future.”

Dr. Manja Schreiner, Chief Executive, Fachgemeinschaft Bau (Technical Building Association) Berlin und Brandenburg e.V. :
“In recent years companies in the construction sector have undertaken tremendous efforts in staff training in response to the age imbalance in their workforce. We are therefore grateful to see a rise in the number of trainees. The Careers Center at bautec is making a very important contribution to overcoming prejudices against training in construction, because working in this field is a source of satisfaction, is enjoyable and, apart from promising good earnings, it also offers exciting career prospects.

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About bautec

The International Trade Fair for Building and Construction Technology is organised by Messe Berlin and takes place every two years. Among bautec’s unique selling points is its comprehensive approach towards buildings, from the basement to the roof, as well as the infrastructure. The programme of bautec is rounded off by GRÜNBAU BERLIN and up#Berlin.