FASCINATING INSIGHTS INTO WOOD AS A BUILDING MATERIAL.

Timber construction SPAN blog


2021

Sustainability

Our timber construction

Our timber construction

Wood species and their use

Wood is a versatile building material, not least because the different types of wood have different colourings, properties and uses. We have compiled a brief overview of the mainly native tree species for you.

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2020

Sustainability

Our timber construction

Our timber construction

Wood species and their use

Wood is a versatile building material, not least because the different types of wood have different colourings, properties and uses. We have compiled a brief overview of the mainly native tree species for you.

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2020

Sustainability

Our timber construction

Our timber construction

Traditional craftsmanship combined with state-of-the-art technology

Implenia has been playing in the top league in timber construction for decades. This benefits not only the clients, but also the employees – for example through exciting projects and state-of-the-art technologies. They can play an active role in shaping what is probably the most innovative sector of the construction industry.

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2020

Interview

Projects

Wolfram Kübler, civil engineer and MAS energy engineer for buildings and member of the WaltGalmarini Executive Board, in an interview.

The clever connection makes the big difference

The ceiling can support two axes and span larger distances. In the Pi project, the elements are up to 9 metres long, but the principle is also suitable for more than 15 metres. At the same time, the construction weighs around 30 per cent less than concrete ceilings and is much thinner than conventional composite structures. Among other things, this allows for an additional storey and a massively smaller foundation on the 80-metre high Zug project.

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2020

Interview

Projects

Gular Miller, Project Manager in interview

Sustainable record-breaking project

From 2022, Implenia, as timber constructor and general contractor, will be building Switzerland's tallest timber high-rise, at 80 metres, for Urban Assets Zug AG. The ambitious Pi project is first and foremost about social and ecological sustainability, emphasises Gular Miller, project manager representing the client at Urban Assets Zug AG.

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2020

Projects

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The global construction trend of high-rise timber buildings

Wood up to the clouds

Wooden high-rise buildings are becoming a worldwide building trend. There are good reasons for this: The higher the constructions, the more foundation work can be saved due to the lower weight of the natural material. In V-ZUG Immobilien AG's spectacular Pi project, technological innovations further reduce the weight.

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2019

Sustainability

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During compaction, the specific qualities of wood come into their own.

Compaction is good – it gets better with wood

The low weight, the high degree of prefabrication and the unique eco-balance: wood can make the most of its specific qualities when it comes to sustainable compaction in urban areas, making it the most economical building material option in many cases.

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2019

Projects

"Extension to the Kantonsspital Winterthur"

Tricky wooden puzzle at Kantonsspital Winterthur

As part of a major modernisation project, the Kantonsspital Winterthur is moving three of its four emergency wards under one roof. For the new centre, an existing building was raised in timber construction, making optimal use of the available space. Millimetre work was required.

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2019

Interview

Philippe Kaufmann, Head of Real Estate Consulting at Implenia, in an interview

"The greatest savings potential lies in the conversion period"

Wood is considered the ideal building material when building upwards. Particularly in urban areas, timber construction is often the only way to make stacking projects profitable. Philippe Kaufmann explains where exactly the greatest savings can be made.

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2019

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Sustainable cities rely on wood - just like Winterthur

Achieving the climate targets with timber buildings

Sustainability is becoming a decisive criterion for building projects in more and more Swiss municipalities. Wood is naturally the material of choice for this purpose: wooden buildings indirectly increase the CO2 storage capacity of the forests and they contain less grey energy than other buildings.

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2019

Projects

TownVillage development in Winterthur

A sustainable village in the middle of the city

Generational living based on the principle of neighbourly help – that is the aim of the Winterthur TownVillage development. For the exterior walls and facade design, the total contractor Marti Gesamtleistungen AG is working with Implenia's timber construction experts.

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2019

Interview

Christa Meier, City Councillor and Head of Construction of the City of Winterthur in an interview

"We specifically promote timber construction in Winterthur"

A whole series of large wooden buildings is currently being built in Winterthur. This will help the city on the Eulach to achieve its climate goals, says city councillor and head of the building department Christa Meier in an interview with SPAN.

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2018

Digitisation

Operational excellence

Wood shows the way to the digital future

The pilot projects that are driving the digitisation of the construction industry are often wooden buildings. This is no coincidence. The high degree of prefabrication and the possibility of combining timber constructions from standard elements offer ideal conditions for data-driven processes.

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2018

Projects

«Krokodil»

The BIM train picks up speed in Lokstadt

In Winterthur's Lokstadt, Implenia already relied completely on BIM for the first time in the architectural competition. This first improved the evaluation of the submissions and then the planning quality of all trades.

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2018

Projects

Swiss Lounges at Zurich Airport: Implenia's carpentry and joinery work hand in hand.

On the same rope

Various construction disciplines worked together for SWISS's new First Class Lounges at Zurich Airport. As a total service provider, Implenia offers an efficient structural and process framework so that the customer receives all services from a single source.

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2018

Interview

Projects

Interview with investor representative

"Everything is subordinate to the project goal"

The "sue&til" development in Winterthur Neuhegi is not only currently the largest timber construction residential project in Switzerland, but also Allianz Suisse's most extensive construction project to date. The new residents have already moved in. Michael Steiner, Head Asset Management & Acquisition at Allianz Suisse Immobilien AG, explains how the project benefited from Implenia's comprehensive range of services.

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2017

Projects

sue&till

250 000 wooden parts on course

The timber housing estate in Winterthur-Neuhegi will be groundbreaking. But it is not only the concept that is exciting, but also its implementation. A look behind the scenes of "sue&til" shows the genesis of the project.

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2017

Our timber construction

Wood as a building material

The wood age is back

It feels cosy and can be used in many ways. It improves the indoor climate and saves energy during processing. In short: wood is the perfect building material.

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2017

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Urbanisation

Ideal for the urban space

Wood reclaims the city

Whether prestige buildings, extensions or entire superstructures: In Swiss cities, wood is being used more and more frequently in construction. Fire protection is no longer an obstacle. The first wooden high-rise buildings are already being developed.

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2017

Projects

«schorenstadt»

No 2000-watt buildings without wood

Basel's "schorenstadt" shows that there is no way around wood for the structural implementation of the requirements of the 2000-watt society. The interaction between the building disciplines and the sustainability experts was crucial to the success of the project.

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2017

Interview

Projects

Contemporary building material

The needs of the residents decide

In an interview, board member Benjamin Zemann explains why Gesewo, a cooperative for self-managed housing in Winterthur, relies on wood for its construction projects.

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