Cannes, France – March 10, 2014 – BASF will present the European research and construction project BuildTog (Building Together, www.buildtog.eu) at the MIPIM (Le marché international des professionnels de l’immobilier) event in Cannes, France. Aim of the project is to create a new generation of collective residential homes in several European countries combining top energy performance with cost-efficient construction and high-quality architecture. MIPIM visitors are invited to attend “The Innovation Forum” on Wednesday, March 12, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., at which Henrik Meyer-Hoffmann, market developer at BASF’s European Construction Competence Center, will speak on “Retrofit Strategy and Smart Buildings: Towards High-Performance Buildings.” He will discuss opportunities to join BuildTog.
BuildTog is a collaboration between the European Housing Network EURHONET, the French architect Nicolas Michelin and his architecture firm A/NM/A, as well as the German energy efficiency consultancy LUWOGE consult and BASF, the world’s leading chemical company.
Participation in BuildTog gives current and future partners an opportunity to familiarize themselves with applying the Passive House Standard, which by 2020 will be mandatory for all new buildings in Europe. Moreover, the BuildTog methodology and its implementation via several construction projects offer an excellent opportunity for architects, engineers, and especially for housing companies and investors to implement new construction solutions.
In addition to technical features, BuildTog houses share a common design which was developed by Nicholas Michelin (A/NM/A). Housing companies or real estate developers, in collaboration with local architects and project developers, adapt the design on site to meet specific contextual requirements, such as climate peculiarities or national and regional regulations.
First BuildTog projects put into operation
There are currently seven BuildTog projects underway in Germany, Sweden and France. The project in Darmstadt, Germany, which was launched in August 2012, is scheduled for completion in February 2014. Some of the apartments there have already been sold to their future residents. Another project is being built in Lieusaint, France, and should begin operation in September 2014. The tender for a BuildTog project in France, in the city of Châlons-en-Champagne, should be approved by mid-2014. Two additional projects in Arras, France, one in Örebro, Sweden, and one in Bremen, Germany, are at the development stage. Further partners interested in participating in current and future projects are welcome to join BuildTog.
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The European Housing Network, EURHONET, is a network of around 29 public and social housing companies in England, France, Germany, Italy and Sweden, managing over 700.000 dwellings. With every country facing the same challenges throughout Europe, EURHONET’s objective is to help find ways to save energy. This is why EURHONET initiated BuildTog. www.eurhonet.eu
Since 2000, A/NM/A – Agence Nicolas Michelin & Associés – has been actively researching and producing innovative solutions in the fields of architecture, urbanism and landscaping. This is a distinguished French architecture firm whose architecture proposal won the bid for the future French Ministry of Defense project in Paris. A/NM/A emphasizes the creation of “ultra-contextualized” urban projects inspired by the spirit of place as well as tailored buildings; a perfect fit for the BuildTog project. www.anma.fr
About LUWOGE consult
LUWOGE consult was formed in 2006 as a subsidiary of LUWOGE, BASF’s housing company. Its objective is to market the comprehensive and long-term expertise of its parent company in the field of energy-efficient solutions. This is applied in the context of new construction as well as modernization. Within the BuildTog project, LUWOGE consult pursues several objectives: the development and refinement of a methodology and appropriate instruments, to gain substantial experience in differing markets and climate zones, and to design and market multi-purpose concepts for energy-efficient construction. All of these objectives are instrumental in ensuring the long-term performance of the project. www.luwoge-consult.de
BASF is the world’s leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Through science and innovation, we enable our customers in nearly every industry to meet the current and future needs of society. Our products and solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring nutrition and improving quality of life. We have summed up this contribution in our corporate purpose: We create chemistry for a sustainable future. BASF had sales of about €74 billion in 2013 and over 112,000 employees as of the end of the year. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (AN). Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at www.basf.com.