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Prefabricated wooden houses are on record course in 2019

Finished construction ratio exceeds 20 percent mark for the first time in the 1st quarter

Federal Association of German Prefabricated Construction (BDF)

For the first time, the proportion of prefabricated houses in a quarter now exceeded 20 percent: from January to March 2019, 20.9 percent of building permits for one- and two-family houses in Germany were for an industrially prefabricated house from the factory.

According to the Federal Statistical Office, 23,605 new one- and two-family houses were approved in the first three months of 2019, of which 4,935 were prefabricated. With an increase of 12.1 percent, prefabricated construction performed better than the overall market, where an increase of 1.6 percent was registered. Accordingly, the proportion of prefabricated buildings was clearly above the previous year's figure of 18.9 percent. "In the very successful financial years 2017 and 2018, we barely missed the 20 percent mark. Now, we are well on the way to successfully overcoming this hurdle," says Achim Hannott, Managing Director of the Bundesverband Deutscher Fertigbau (Federal Association of German Prefabricated Construction – BDF).

According to the BDF, building owners particularly appreciate the energy efficiency of modern prefabricated timber houses and the resulting funding opportunities, such as the KfW Bank. There is also a strong demand for individual house planning and a short construction phase including comprehensive services right up to turnkey homes.

Prefabricated wooden houses are most popular in Baden-Wuerttemberg, where the market share is already by 39.0 percent, followed by Hessen with 30.9 percent. In North Rhine-Westphalia, the proportion of prefabricated buildings is below average at 13.7 percent.

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