Carbon Smart Communities

Winner: Municipality of Oberndorf a.N in recognition of the regional timber construction "Sports hall in Beffendorf“ implemented by the architectural office "Woll & Woll Architekten", Oberndorf (Germany)

The "Sports hall in Beffendorf" was certified with a special environmental label and certification system, called „Holz von Hier“ („Wood from here“/“Wood from the region“). „Holz von Hier“ is the only transborder instrument which exactly captures and quantifies the distances of the construction timber along the processing chain. The Holz von Hier certificate honours the positive climate impact which is caused by short distances of timber  transportation and the regionality of the processing chain. Thus it clearly recognises the special focus of the Alpine Space Regional timber award. There´s to other winning projects which are also certified by „Holz von Hier“: The "two party model home" in Eichstegen by Egon Frick, Frick GmbH and the „Kinder- und Bildungscampus“ in Bludesch (Vorarlberg). Though as they are still under construction their certifications are not available at the moment.

The "Sports hall in Beffendorf", implemented by the architectural office "Woll & Woll Architekten“, commissioned by the Municipality of Oberndorf
The sports hall in Beffendorf is a construction made of 280 m3 of white fir. The building owner is the municipality of Oberndorf am Neckar (Germany) and the architectural office „Woll & Woll Architekten“ undertook the planning and construction. The regionality of the used materials was a prior concern of the building owner. The concept of the building is characterized by the fact that all assortments that came into being by cutting the wood at the sawmill were used for the construction of the building. Thereby the process chain was kept very short, in sum only 82km from the forest to the construction side. Also the manufacturing costs of the building material were limited. As a consequence the use of the local wood made good economic sense because the manufacturing costs were lower than comparable imports of wood.
The short distance of the  processing chain could be documented and verified by the environmental label and certification system „Holz von Hier“. In sum there could be avoided the emission of 43 kg CO2/m3. Another reason for the awarding of the sports hall in Beffendorf is the high degree of transferability of the building´s concept as the exploitation and utilization of all cuttings is conceivable for similar construction projects at other sites, too.

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