Innovative and good for the climate – wood as a building material

B-Part Am Gleisdreieck with its collaborative, innovative and networking approach, provides an outlook of the urban development potential of the Gleisdreieck area. This pioneer project is a miniature version of what Urbane Mitte Am Gleisdreieck is intended to become: a place for people and companies to grow, develop and be who they want to be. The core theme of tomorrow’s living and working environments also includes the respectful treatment of nature. 

In order to guarantee a low-emission construction process and keep the ecological footprint as low as possible, the idea came up to realise a timber-based construction. The project was implemented in cooperation with the Swiss timber construction company Renggli International AG.

The advantages are multifaceted and speak for themselves:

Element-wood construction method

In contrast to other building materials such as bricks, concrete or steel, which are produced in blast furnaces or kilns with high energy consumption or have to be extracted from the ground, wood grows as a natural raw material in the forest and only needs soil, water, light and air. The processing of wood also requires comparatively little energy, and the transport is also more energy-efficient due to the reduced weight of the building material.

The timber-based construction of B-Part Am Gleisdreieck saved a total of around 350 tons of carbon. Wood from sustainable forestry was used for this construction. Additionally, it was possible to guarantee a high degree of prefabrication through supportive planning processes and innovative production techniques and thus to complete the construction site in just four months.

The wood used in B-Part Am Gleisdreieck stores around 350 tons of carbon dioxide. 

Another advantage is the ability of wood to absorb and store COfrom the air. The wood used in B-Part stores around 350 tons of carbon dioxide. 

An additional special feature of B-Part Am Gleisdreieck is the element wood construction of the building: at the end of its four-to-five year stay at Gleisdreieck Park, the timber building can be dismantled, and its journey can continue elsewhere.

B-Part Am Gleisdreieck as a sustainable wood construction prototype shows us that wood is a central building material of the future. Although we are still at the beginning of a development, we are sure that we will see rapid progress.