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Rubner Holzbau Augsburg is doubling its personnel and is launching sales in England

The new German branch of Rubner Holzbau (which deals with wood structures), opened in May 2012 in Augsburg and has been working well in its first months, having already achieved a solid position on the market. In a short period, many projects in the wood and glass facade department have been acquired and carried out.
At the end of last year, a very prestigious job order was secured in the wood structures department with the "Werkhaus" project in Raubling. "Due to the extremely positive trend in business and the acquisition of an important job order for the construction of the envelopes for the buildings of a Berlin University, we have taken steps to deal with these growing demands by doubling our staff, which now comprises 15 employees. Furthermore, in the second quarter we plan to launch sales in England", declared Andreas Fischer, who on 1.4.2013 will take over from Helmut Hödl at the helm of the company. After managing the consolidation of the German branch, Helmut Hödl will concentrate on coordinating the wood structure department of the Rubner Group at a global level.

Sustainability and energy efficiency: Züblin offices look to the future

The new Ed. Züblin AG office building in Möhringen, Germany, is architecturally unique and highly energy-efficient, too. Based on the winning project by MHM architects, Vienna, a five-storey building was erected for one of the major German building contractor groups. The building stands out clearly from the two adjacent office buildings due to its external structure made of prefabricated wooden elements. The wall elements are 4.50 m x 3.20 m and are supported on either side by concrete pillars to form blocks three windows wide. The job order was assigned to Rubner Holzbau, among others, thanks to its solid experience in wooden wall elements and in providing complete solutions.

The entire planning process was inspired by sustainability and energy efficiency, achieving not only the maximum energy standard possible, i.e. a zero-energy building, but also reducing running costs to a minimum. The prefabricated wall elements, including windows, external Venetian blinds and the accurate sheet-metal coatings, were prefabricated directly at the factory, thus ensuring both time and cost efficiency in the assembly and construction processes while respecting high quality standards in project implementation. It was also possible to complete the whole rough structure, closing the windows and doors as well, in just a few days even in the heart of winter. Every day, up to ten wall elements were mounted for a total of 175. The distinctive architectural feature that makes this building stand out is the use of glulam lesenes in larch wood, individually milled with a CNC machine according to customised profiles as designed by the architect and mounted in one piece on the building's full height (18 m).

Photo: Ed. Züblin AG
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