German authorities call for BIM to “be increasingly used” to combat refugee crisis


The Central Association of German Construction Industry (HBD) want Building Information Modelling to “be increasingly used” on housing schemes for refugees, ruling that the “digitalisation of building processes must be speeded up” to accommodate the influx of asylum seekers entering Germany.

Germany’s Federal Government are currently deliberating over a declaration issued by the aforementioned association and the German Association of Towns and Municipalities (DStGB). The two unions want to see more standardization against cost-driving standards and more flexibility in tendering and contracting for the building of affordable municipal apartments.

Dr. Gerd Landsberg, Executive Director of the DStGB and Michael Knipper, Registered Agent to HBD were the professionals who called for the changes following the refugee crisis sweeping across Europe.

“The digitalisation of building processes must be speeded up, said Landsberg. Building Information Modelling methods would have to be increasingly used in multi-storey housing in the interests of greater efficiency of the construction process.”

On top of the joint comment discussed, Landsberg has released an additional statement in which he states that the Government currently aren’t providing enough funding for social housing, nor are enough new homes being built for German nationals, let alone new citizens coming from abroad. 800,000 people seeking asylum are predicted to enter Germany, with around half becoming permanent citizens. Landsberg wants the lack of budget and accommodation to be changed “urgently”:

“Up to 400,000 people will shortly be on an apartment search. Due to their income levels, they will need affordable housing. According to the Institute of the German Economy, the completions of 245,000 apartments annually is still too low. Experts predict the demand for new construction currently consists of at least 350,000400,000 dwellings per year. This alone accounts for 100,000 new homes to the refugees with a right to stay.

“To meet the increased need for social housing, the federal government must annually (currently €518 million) to increase its funding to at least €2 billion.”

Will Germany utilise BIM on a widespread scale to ensure it’s new residents have places to stay? Only time will tell.

More information can be found via the source article over at HBD’s website, which can be accessed here.

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