The roofs of today are the plots of tomorrow
The demand for housing in urban areas continues to grow. Unused land along railway lines, similar to land previously used for commercial and industrial purposes, is being developed as building plots in inner city areas. But the available land is limited. In order to provide housing space, densification in the form of filling vacant lots or the more efficient replacement of buildings is being promoted. The city of Bonn, for example, renamed its land registry office in February 2016 as the "Office of Land Management." One of its core tasks is to support densification in the city.
A further alternative for creating housing in large cities is to add onto existing buildings. Timber construction companies have a lot of experience building extensions for single-family homes. The growing demand for living space per capita means many single-family houses from the sixties and seventies appear too small for many families. For this reason, an extension has been built onto many of these houses. What has been done less frequently until now, however, are large-scale extensions of office buildings, hotels or large residential buildings. After some housing associations, for example in Munich, had very good experiences with extensions made of timber, this issue has increasingly become the focus of property owners.
To get a clearer view of the nationwide potential in Germany, B + L has conducted a primary survey on behalf of clients which determines the potential for vertical extensions.
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article written by:
CEO of B+L Marktdaten GmbH