Digital: Processes + Architecture
Connected: Living + Working
Integrated: Systems + Constructions
Smart: Light + Buildings

… these are the guiding themes of BAU 2019. In a four-part series, we will present you a separate topical building project for each of these themes. In double interviews, the architects and contractors and/or trade representatives involved will describe the special challenges of the projects and the nature of their cooperation. The “Merck Innovation Center” in Darmstadt will make the start, dealing with the guiding theme of “Living and Working”. Martin Henn, architect, and Thomas Goldammer, acoustic consultant, will present the project.  In the second Part of our serie Jan Musikowski (Architect) and Dirk Büttner (Axiotherm GmbH) present the “Futurium” in Berlin. The third part of our serie is dealing with the mosque in Cambridge. Gemma Collins (Architect) and Jephtha Schaffner (Project Director Bluhmer-Lehmann AG) are talking about their cooperation.


Light / Smart Building (Hall C2)


Schwarzwald-Baar Clinic: from building communication to telephony
and television for patients, everything is connected in one network.

The new Light / Smart Building exhibition section will be showcased in Hall C2. In addition to artificial lighting concepts, visitors will find a range of solutions for daylight management, solar shading systems as well as arcade roof lights and roof domes.

Smart building connects the individual devices using the “smart grid” and Internet of Things technology. In addition to demand-oriented—and thus efficient—energy distribution, it also facilitates seamless communication
between the individual participants. One example is the Schwarzwald- Baar Clinic, one of the largest non-university hospitals in Baden-Württemberg. Here everything from building communication to telephony and television for patients is connected in one network.

Lighting is also increasingly integrated into a “smart grid.” For example, blinds can be operated by smartphone, and artificial light sources can be controlled or configured and saved as lighting concepts. In terms of artificial
light, LED technology has by now become the standard in lighting design. The use of artificial light sources has thus become more energyefficient, takes up less space and requires lower maintenance. As a result, lighting concepts can now be focused on the design aspect.

BAU-IT (Hall C5)

In the coming year, the section on BAU-IT will for the first time be taking up an entire exhibition hall. Here visitors can find IT solutions of all kinds from the fields of CAD, AVA, project planning, measurement technology,
project management and controlling. The German association of building software (Bundesverband Bausoftware) is organizing a large joint stand at the show.

Many exhibitors will be presenting new developments in Building Information Modeling (BIM). In future there has to be greater control and assurance in planning and building processes, and there must be more transparency.
Among other things, this aims at avoiding time- and cost-intensive planning and coordination errors at an early stage. The use of BIM methodology brings key benefits here. The building software suppliers are offering
corresponding software solutions that are attuned specifically to the building process. One new feature in BAU-IT is the “Digital Village.” Digital initiatives in the field of building are the focus here. Next to a small forum, there
will be a chance for start-ups, software suppliers and other representatives from the building industry to present their digital concepts for the future.




Energy / Building systems / Solar technology (Hall B2)

In the field of building systems, solar technology is becoming ever more important. A key term here is “home automation.” This refers not only to increasing digitalization, as per the “smart home,” but also to the intelligent
management of electricity consumption. Via corresponding control units, the heating systems and devices in a home can be automatically controlled in order to efficiently manage and coordinate the electricity produced by the systems and the level of consumption.

As well as the themes of solar building and solar thermal technology, BAU will also feature many new developments in heating, ventilating and air-conditioning. Highly efficient heat generation enables, for example,
ground- or air-based heat pumps in split or monoblock construction. Modern solutions are especially quiet, compact, space-saving and low in maintenance, and also flexible in terms of connection and design. All of which gives users more options for improving their home comfort.

Chemical building products /
Construction tools (Halls B5 / C6)

Chemical building products and applications feature in a wide range of aspects connected with construction projects.

Relevant applications are in particular modernization in R&M, sustainability and energyefficiency: For the development, production and use of chemical building products therefore environmental and health & safety aspects
play a very important role. As well as seals, insulation materials, and protection against cold, fire and noise, this section of the exhibition also features plasters, varnishes, paints and adhesives. BAU 2019 will also feature many new developments in construction tools. Among those are important advances, for example in battery packs.

One highly promising development is the new, manufacturer-independent “Cordless Alliance System”: nine manufacturers of electrical tools will be presenting a joint battery system based on a technology from Metabo which enables not only cordless working but also the use of machines from different manufacturers with a single battery pack. This is a unique partnership in the industry.

The Seamless System enables an almost frameless transparent architectural design—
and for this it was awarded the iF Design Award 2018 and the Red Dot Award 2018.

Stones / Soils / Building materials
and joining solutions (Halls A1 / A2)

Stones, soils, sand-lime, plaster and renders, pumice and fiber-cement building materials, and insulation materials: This section of the exhibition contains information on a broad range of materials. Also, visitors can find out
here about the many different solutions for prefabricated construction, dry interior work and facade systems. In focus will be the latest developments in sustainability, energy-efficiency, design and innovation.

That applies also to the building material concrete, which will again be a separate focus at the upcoming BAU: On over 1,000 square meters of space, the concrete information center InformationsZentrum Beton, together with 13 partner companies, will be presenting the full diversity of this material and its applications.

“Whether it’s visual concrete with different surface finishes, ways of activating thermal mass, innovative 3D printing with concrete or the authoritative planning atlas for building construction—at this joint stand, we will be
presenting exciting applications and the outstanding design possibilities of our building material,” says Ulrich Nolting, Managing Director of the InformationsZentrum Beton.


Wood construction (Hall B5)

Digitalization will also be crucial for the wood sector. Digital tools facilitate, among other things, the planning and construction of free forms beyond right angles—thus, for example, novel load-bearing structures can be realized.
On the other hand, the desire for simplification grows in view of the increasing complexity of construction. This is why prefabrication and modular systems will find increasing application in the future.

Furthermore, digital processes are essential for the visualization of structures or detailed wall, ceiling and roof installations. The manufacturer of engineered wood EGGER, for instance, will focus on intelligent digital services at the upcoming BAU: On video screens visitors can see how digital solutions are applied across all product areas.

Visitors to BAU can get information about solutions for stairs, facade systems, interior fittings and timber construction. In addition, the fair will be again presenting a variety of wood derivatives and veneers with


Tiles / Ceramics (Hall A4)

Ceramics keeps surprising us with its almost unlimited potential as regards design and applications. At BAU 2019, for example, an innovative method for “dry laying” of ceramic floor coverings will be presented: It dispenses entirely with the need for adhesives, and enables the flooring to be laid up to eight times faster. Also presented at BAU will be aesthetic and conceptual solutions for the use of ceramic tiles in different areas such as shop fittings, health & care, catering and premium residential construction. One high-quality example is the facade of the Belgrade Plaza in Coventry (UK) which has a surface area of over 10,000  square meters. It was completed in autumn
2017 according to plans by the SimpsonHaugh and Partners Group.

In terms of designs, the trend is towards subtle, many-layered compositions and nuances, often in combination with visual effects and interesting textures. Digital printing and sculptural reliefs offer a broad palette of design
options here. But also as regards formats: the choice is extremely wide.



Keramikfassade des Belgrade Plaza in Coventry (UK)

Ceramic facade of the Belgrade Plaza in Coventry (UK).

The Seamless System enables an almost frameless transparent architectural design—
and for this it was awarded the iF Design Award 2018 and the Red Dot Award 2018.


Locks / Fittings / Security / Doors /
Windows (Halls B4 / C4)

Digitalization is increasingly affecting our workplaces and our homes. Smart components such as automatically operated garage doors, front doors, windows as well as roller shutter and solar shading systems improve energy efficiency,  omfort and safety. There is an increasing demand for new central locking systems, burglar alarms or status messages for open / closed windows. The required drive, sensor and control technology is growing simpler and cheaper, and radio control also allows for easy retrofitting in existing buildings. Against this background, ift Rosenheim will present the special show “Building elements TripleS—Smart | Safe | Secure.” In addition to state-of-the-art burglary protection systems and—in particular electronic— access systems, visitors to BAU will find comprehensive information on door drive technology, fittings, locks, cylinders and accessories.


Aluminum (Halls B1 / C1)

This metal is not only characterized by its stability and corrosion resistance, but also by the possibility of reuse. As a construction material, aluminum is therefore predestined for a variety of applications. Due to its robustness, the material is frequently used for shading elements, and also for window profiles. The “Seamless” system, for example,  allows for a nearly frameless transparent architecture—and has been awarded the iF Design Award 2018 and the Red Dot Award 2018 for this.

Manufacturers at BAU 2019 will present a great variety of application examples and products for windows, doors and facades, including the corresponding sliding, ventilation and security systems. Besides the most diverse aluminum profiles, this exhibition segment includes solutions for sun protection, energy production and smart building. In addition, visitors can gather information on machines for aluminum and steel processing



Floor coverings (Halls A5 / A6)

In the coming year, too, manufacturers in this segment will present a great variety of elastic and textile coverings, parquet flooring, laminated, decking, baseboards and profiles, but also solutions relating to laying
and application techniques.

In respect of the material, the topics will place a clear focus on sustainability and ecological compatibility—in the form of design floors that ensure a healthy living environment and are free of PVC and plasticizers,
for example. Laminate floors that are water-resistant or suitable for wet rooms are also strongly gaining in popularity. In terms of design, a festival of colors is to be expected, and diversity is trumps also for structures
and decors. In addition, the possibilities of real wood imitations are optimally exploited in the case of vinyl and laminate floorings—be it through haptic surface design or an elaborate digital printing procedure that minimizes
repetitions of the decor. As far as real wood floors are concerned, oak timber continues to enjoy great popularity. Just like another classic: in high-end interior design, the laying of parquet floors in a fishbone
pattern is celebrating a comeback.

Das System Seamless ermöglicht eine nahezu rahmenlose transparente Architektur – und wurde dafür mit
dem iF Design Award 2018 und mit dem Red Dot Award 2018 ausgezeichnet

Steel / Stainless steel / Zinc / Copper (Hall B2)

Steel is used not only in high-rises and bridges, it is also a firm component in flood and earthquake protection, residential, industrial and commercial construction and in intelligent facades. Visitors to BAU 2019 can find out about a wide range of stainless steel applications, profiles, building and facade systems, but also zinc and copper surfaces and systems. Further developments in the BIM model are also relevant for the steel construction sector. The open standard for data exchange (IFC), for example, goes back to the DSTV format defined by the German Steel Construction Association (Deutscher Stahlbau-Verband). It enables software-independent data exchange, i.e. an “Open BIM.” The cooperation on buildingSMART enables the benefits of BIM and IFC to be implemented in the German construction industry with the help of a joint strategy.


Glass (Hall C3)

A focal theme at the upcoming BAU will be solutions for solar, thermal and noise protection, as well as daylight deflection. Here, pressureequalized insulating glass, for example, promises new possibilities. This kind of glass allows for pressure compensation between the air sandwiched between the panes and the atmosphere, thereby reducing the risk of glass breakage and facilitating the integration of sun and weather protection in the air space.

Other positive effects are larger structural depths with reduced thermal bridges and the improvement of airborne sound insulation. Another perennial issue is protection against
break-ins. For windows required to be resistant against burglary, glass bonding has become the standard. Manufacturers in the glass segment will present numerous new products in the area of glass building materials, films and  lass structures. In addition, visitors can gather information on solutions for energy-producing systems and facades.


Gate / Parking systems (Hall B3)

Automatic systems ensure greater comfort, security, energy-efficiency and health—and are therefore not just used for functional buildings. A growing number of private builders also appreciate their benefits. Front-doors, garage
doors and sun protection systems which are driven automatically or controlled via smartphone provide comfort and security, particularly for individuals with physical limitations. Automatic doors are also used in public buildings, care facilities and assisted living.

Besides focusing on the downsizing of components, product development in the area of drives and locks currently aims at the integration of actuators and limit switches as well as sensor and transponder technology into the
drives which are mounted and concealed inside the door or gate structure.





Stone / Cast stone (Hall A4)

In this section of the exhibition, visitors will find numerous applications in the fields of facade systems and floor coverings. Natural stone in particular is a classic building material that convinces at multiple levels.

The oldest building material in the world scores not only for its durability, cost-effectiveness and pollutant-free properties, but also for its aesthetic appeal: Each stone is unique and can therefore fulfill individual wishes regarding expression and design.

The variety of colors, formats and surface finishes gives the natural stone a special aesthetic and quality, making it ideal for both interior and exterior use.



für die Stahlbaubranche relevant. Der offene Austauschstandard bei Schnittstellen (IFC) etwa geht auf die DSTV-Schnittstelle des Deutschen Stahlbau-Verbandes zurück:
Sie ermöglicht den softwareunabhängigen Datenaustausch, das „Open BIM“. Die Zusammenarbeit bei buildingSMART ermöglicht es, die Vorteile von BIM und IFC im deutschen Bauwesen mit Hilfe einer gemeinsamen Strategie umzusetzen.


Roof building materials / Bricks (Hall A3)

Flat roofs present particular challenges for planners and manufacturers in terms of insulation and drainage. One such roof, of a new youth hostel opened in 2017, combines functional performance with an attractive appearance. The futuristiclooking triple-articulated roof was sealed with a self-adhesive roofing membrane with a high polymer alloy of ethylene vinyl acetate terpolymer (EVA) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC). The light, smooth surface is dirt- resistant, reflects thermal radiation and is also resistant to roots and rhizomes. Clay roofing tiles are always a popular choice or rain protection. In particular tile-covered pitched roofs enable rain to flow away quickly

and they are also easy to install and have a long service life. Many home-owners do not want to miss out on these advantages, but for aesthetic reasons they are now increasingly preferring the clear cuboid shapes in the Bauhaus style. Thanks to their special shapes new roofing tile products are achieving the advantages of pitched roofs on flat roofs with an inclination of 10° and over. Also on show in this section of the exhibition, in addition to roofing tiles and roof building materials, are the many different solutions for roof windows and openings, aswell as building materials for chimneys.


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