«Timber and Technology»-Magazine



Building on existing structures stems urban sprawl and is good for the climate. In our latest issue of «Timber and Technology» magazine, we highlight this topic with four unique building projects, interviews, facts and figures.

Conventional buildings shape the unique architectural landscape of every village and city. To acknowledge the importance of conversions for maintaining a building’s architectural character is essential for such building projects. And to build with what already exists stems the housing sprawl and saves emobided energy by reducing the need for new building materials. Wisely reconstructed buildings are often comparable to newly built ones from an energy-efficiency perspective and thus still meet the needs of its inhabitants. 

The conversion of existing buildings can be divided into four main sections: reconstruction, addition of floors, extension and renovation. The building material timber has the lead in all four sections. It usually is the most suitable choice of material for addition of floors due to its light weight whereas the fast and low-noise assembly on site is a major advantage for timber in regard of extensions and renovations. All these benefits make it expedient for investors to build with the sustainable building material and helped the timber industry to gain its eminent image on the market.


Continuing to build in existing buildings

This edition of our magazine is dedicated to the topic “conversion of existing buildings” to give insight in some of our successfully executed projects. 

We have developed static solutions for Bernapark, so the landmarked factory could be extended with two additional floors (page 4). We also renovated and extended a psychiactric center in Fribourg with it being the first hospital in timber construction (page 8). And we converted three landmarked buildings in the heart of Berne by hollowing them out and reconstructing them according to modern building standards (page 10). 

Here you can find the latest editions of the magazine. You will find the printed edition «Conversion of existing structures» in your mailbox within the next few days

At the beginning of every renovation is a GEAK, so that you can later benefit from subsidies. As certified GEAK experts and leading timber engineering office, we accompany your projects competently from the needs assessment and the building energy certificate to completion. Our full service makes it easy to counteract urban sprawl and construct energy-optimized buildings at the same time. Renovate your real estate or extend it with a suitable extension or a storey.



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