Sustainability

From day one on sustainability has been a focus (topic) / center of interest for the Siemens Campus Erlangen. All new buildings will be equipped with modern building and energy technologies and a large number of solutions from Siemens’ environmental and sustainability portfolio will be implemented. Consistently integrated, state-of-the-art digital technology such as smart building applications and an intelligent smart-grid-based network connection will increase the sustainability of buildings and of the entire location. Our goal is to achieve LEED Gold certification, an internationally recognized standard. It is only awarded to particularly ecofriendly, resource-efficient and sustainable new buildings.

 

By joining forces with the municipal utility of Erlangen, the Siemens Campus Erlangen can be operated CO2-neutrally with an innovative remote cooling and heating concept.

This is in line with Siemens’ goal to achieve climate neutrality by 2030 as one of the first corporate groups worldwide.

 

All of the office buildings and the reception building included in Module 2 of the Siemens Campus Erlangen are realized by particularly using the sustainable and innovative timber hybrid construction method.

 

This involves the use of timber for most of the building, with prefabricated reinforced concrete for structural elements. A "digital twin" of the building is created prior to the start of construction. Applied to timber hybrid buildings, this Building Information Modeling (BIM) technique makes it possible to prefabricate most of the components, which are often standardized, using industrial methods and thereby optimize construction time.

 

Timber hybrid construction, moreover, releases 80% less CO2 than conventional concrete construction in the actual construction phase and uses only a third as much concrete while also reducing the complexity of building services. Simpler building services, in turn, mean less maintenance work is required and this, combined with the benefits of the digital twin, makes the building concerned significantly cheaper to operate.