We develop software for intelligent building management. And much more.

Concept: Our digital concept

Together with our Advisory board member and IT entrepreneur, we are developing a new way of living. The use of technology has already become a natural part of our everyday lives; however, its possibilities are not even close to being exhausted.

How far can devices, connections and physical household equipment be dematerialised? Do we really need a lamp or do we just need light? Do we need a socket or maybe just electricity?

How many costly individual purchases and their often time-consuming installation can you make superfluous by using just one intelligent software?

How can topics such as artificial intelligence and digital transformation make our everyday lives easier?

We deal with questions like these not only to offer our customers maximum living comfort, but also to prove that things can be even smarter.

Whether in the B2B sector or as software for end users, our new operating system for the utilisation of buildings can be used for all applications in buildings, whether for home or for the office.

Team work

Designs: Digitisation right from the start

For us, digital networking is part of our standard of living. Our modules are brought to the construction site fully automatic and fully integrated, which makes complex cable laying and installation on site superfluous. This includes, in particular, the basic technical building component, which is invisibly integrated into the walls from the outside and connects all living areas and rooms.

We are Digital, Smart Home

Digitization simply by means of an App

One aspect is particularly important to us: The digital infrastructure and at the same time the comfort for the users of the buildings. Imagine you have software that can control the whole building by means of a single App. This goes far beyond temperature control, automated blinds or lawn sprinklers. Among other things, we are talking about tables that can be used as hotplates, panes of glass that become opaque at the snap of a finger and digital walls that change their interface with a click, touch or voice control. But our thinking goes even further:

Our customers decide for themselves which and how many of the software functions they actually want to use and can enable and disable them at any time as required. Everything is based on the “Pay-per-use” principle.

With all these versatile features, it is very important for us to protect your privacy at the same time.

Our buildings and building modules are therefore not only ecologically pioneering but are especially also a milestone in the digitisation of buildings.

Copied from nature

We are constantly working on new concepts and only implement the best techniques in our products. For this reason, we work closely with an international company in the field of bionics. As a result of this cooperation, we can incorporate the findings from the field of bionics into our technical building concepts. This is how we achieve the best options for apartments and houses for our customers. This leads to the reduced use of resources, the long service life of the modules, more quality and, in the end, even cost savings.


Living in the future?
This is life!

Tomorrow’s world will become increasingly digital. Everyone knows that by now. But what does this mean for housing and living? We are convinced that smart home is just the beginning and that smart devices will replace more and more “classic” devices and products. Our video shows how this can look.

Living in the future?
And that’s the interview!

Our advisory board Friedhelm A. Schmitt is an expert in digital transformation and an entrepreneur. In the interview, he conveys his perspective on digitalisation and the opportunities and perspectives it opens up for our lives.

Modular construction creates living space in Premium quality


and Values

Population density will increase, resources will decrease:
We create resource-conserving habitats and properties that adapt to the needs of people.

Modular real estate concepts can make a small contribution to meeting this challenge.

Vision and Values


Population density will increase, resources will decrease:
We create resource-conserving habitats and properties that adapt to the needs of people.

Modular real estate concepts can make a small contribution to meeting this challenge.

Our beliefs and values

We have been dealing with the consequences of climate change and our limited resources for many years. Therefore, we have decided to develop real estate concepts that are both as climate-neutral as possibleand as resource-efficient. At the same time, we also focus on social considerations. What we are considering should be usable worldwide as regards real estate development and energy supply.


What we stand for

Today more than 8,000,000,000 people live on earth, 3,500,000,000 of them in cities.In 2050 there will be 10,000,000,000 people, 7,000,000,000 of whom will then be living in cities. That means that in less than 35 years we will have to build the world we live in today all over again. And we will have to do so with the resources that we have,so that future generations will also have a future worth living in.

Mission and Goals

We want to become the leading reference for serial and modular construction worldwide. We achieve this with sustainable modules that are cost effective and climate-neutral.


Mission and Goals

We want to become the leading provider of flexible, high-quality housing worldwide. We achieve this with sustainable modules that are cost effective and climate-neutral.

Modular construction combined with state-of-the-art technology

The building of the future: We need to find suitable solutions for the buildings of the future in the area of conflict between, on the one hand, climate protection and resource conservation and, on the other, the great demand for housing.

This drives us to implement the best concepts and at the same time to use the most modern technology in buildings and in their production. Our customers should not have to do without any comforts and at the same time they should feel good that they have done something for the future of our planet.

Short construction time for affordable living: Our buildings can be constructed in the shortest possible time and yet still achieve the highest quality standards. When designing our product lines, we pay close attention to their later use. Comfortable optional extras can be ordered from us ex-works. Or, especially in the case of technical details, these can also be reordered later via software update or used temporarily. Project development 2.0.

Worldwide solutions for modular construction: With these considerations regarding modular construction and a hybrid construction method, we want to contribute to tackling the immense questions that arise from global growth. And we use all our energy to make a pioneering contribution to their solution.

Digitalization is the dominant topic in the manufacturing industry: predictive maintenance, smart data, automation, digital twins and much more are on the agenda here. That is certainly true, but digitization is a dominant theme in almost all areas of business and life. We talk about the relevance of digital transformation in real estate with Frank Talmon l’Armee, CEO of SEMODU AG.



Why is digitization so important at SEMODU?

Frank Talmon L‘Armée:

“We can already see that digitalisation is shaping our daily lives and will play an important role in many other areas of our lives in the future. That is why it is extremely important for us not only to debate digital progress, we want and will be living it in all of our business areas – from the idea, from words to deeds, so to speak. We believe that the dematerialisation of physical objects is only a matter of time and therefore see immense potential in the digital transformation of the real estate industry and especially in modular construction.”


We often hear about the need to put the customer at the centre of the product development and to focus on their needs. To what extent is this important for SEMODU and how is the customer taken into account?

Frank Talmon L‘Armée:

“Since our customer is also the final user of our product, it goes without saying that we focus on their needs. But because we are creating something entirely new, our customers are often not even aware of these needs. And this, of course, is a paradigm shift. Here in particular, we strive to clearly convey our vision of the new form of living and to demonstrate all the possibilities of individual design. Every one of our customers should be able to express themselves in their own home. And that, if he wants to, every day anew.”


You spoke just now of the need to move from words to deeds. So how does SEMODU implement digitization in its products?

Frank Talmon L‘Armée:

“We are currently developing a fully digitized module that conceals an intelligent building operating system, which includes everyday objects such as an ordinary dining table being rethought, reinvented and digitally connected. The benefit for our customers lies in the simple, comfortable and adaptable living space we create. In addition, habits are changing faster than ever. The use of online tools is often the better alternative to buying products or services. That’s why we stick to the “pay-per-use” principle to create a wide-ranging and variable offer that can be arranged according to individual preferences.”


How does SEMODU stand out from other companies, especially in terms of digitalization?

Frank Talmon L‘Armée:

“The integration of digital products into the modular construction concept is a unique selling point for SEMODU and thus a pivotal advantage in the market. With the implementation of our technological concepts, we want to significantly advance the digital transformation in the real estate sector. Our unconventional way of thinking is therefore our most important resource. The ideas and new perspectives we create as a result not only provide valuable impetus for our work – they inspire and motivate us.”


Sustainability is one of the main topics of SEMODU AG, the method provider for modular construction. Why is it so important to you and what role does climate protection play? How is the industry reacting to this commitment?

Frank Talmon l’Armée:

Contributing to climate protection is a matter of the heart for SEMODU AG. After all, the real estate sector has always been one of the largest emitters of greenhouse gases. That is why we see a special need for catching up.

Wherever possible, we use wood and invest in the afforestation of forests to achieve a CO2 balance or even a positive CO2 balance with our resource-saving concepts. That our climate-friendly living concepts and modular construction are highly sought after is also evident from the numerous positive feedback we receive from city planners, architects, and decision-makers on our real estate projects.


Sustainability does not come at zero cost. But sustainability has been in the trend for years and is now reaching the construction and real estate industry. At the same time, however, housing is becoming increasingly limited and prices are rising. How can this contradiction be resolved?

Frank Talmon l’Armée:

Little has happened in conventional construction, especially with regard to sustainability. In principle, not much has changed in our construction method in the last 200 years. However, our CO2-neutral building concepts do not necessarily have to be more expensive. This is a very important point.
For us, however, sustainability has to do not only with climate protection, but also with socially acceptable living – that is why we have taken on this particular challenge: With climate-neutral concepts, also with regard to energy and mobility, we want to create a future worth living for future generations.

At the same time, we also know about the social importance of climate protection from SEMODU. Thus, for us, building the future and sustainability are inevitably linked. Generally speaking, at SEMODU we are sending a clear signal for more climate protection and sustainability.”


Does the commitment to climate protection in your company and modular building offer concrete, measurable added value or is this more about making a contribution to society?

Frank Talmon l’Armée:

There is already a clear added value for us, as experience shows that the real estate industry is rather conservative and slow when it comes to innovation. Growing cities, rising property prices, rents and construction costs, the frightening climate forecasts and the changes that are already visible today will not simply disappear into thin air by meaning well. It is a problem which affects all of us. From politicians, companies, cities, environmental organisations and, of course, down to every single person – everyone has to stick together to maintain a future worth living together. We have already been able to link some of these strands, but here and there we still find incomprehension or hesitance.

We do not let this slow us down, of course, but rather enter into strategic partnerships that share the same vision and are willing to push forward with us.


How does SEMODU implement its ambitious climate protection goals?

Frank Talmon l’Armée:

We aim to implement all our projects at least climate neutral – if not with a positive climate balance. However, we are particularly proud of our project “Am grünen Anger” in Wernau, which not only has a CO2-neutral budget, but also has a sustainable mobility and energy concept.
Nevertheless, we want to strengthen the environmental and climate awareness of our employees, partners, and customers. That is why we count on a broad network of partnerships and support the initiative “one for the planet”, whose founder now also belongs to the advisory board of SEMODU AG.”


In the above example, how do customers and third parties benefit from your climate protection efforts?

Frank Talmon l’Armée:

With our projects, we prove that climate-neutral living is quite affordable and can still meet the highest quality standards.
This is precisely what we want to achieve with our innovative energy modules and sustainable mobility concepts, which benefit our customers directly.


That’s wonderful. However, climate protection sometimes still requires large investments. Have you found solutions to distribute these costs fairly and socially acceptable among all parties involved?

Frank Talmon l’Armée:

A major concern since the founding of SEMODU is affordable housing and thus the basis for social compatibility. Our modular design, whether wooden modules, concrete modules, or hybrid modules, already enables significant cost savings and in return creates more scope for implementing climate-friendly concepts. The standardized manufacturing and delivery process can be planned up to the last minute, so that the module is transported to the construction site just-in-time. Compared to conventional construction, construction times can thus be reduced by up to half.


Will you expand your company’s commitment to climate protection in the coming years?

Frank Talmon l’Armée:

We always strive for more. Our vision is: to create living spaces and properties that are as resource efficient as possible and that are adapted to the needs of people. That is why we never get tired of implementing new innovative concepts and constantly improving the protection of our environment. The promising collaboration with a major energy company is only the beginning.


What does corporate responsibility and responsible corporate management mean to you personally?

Frank Talmon l’Armée:

At SEMODU, everyone has a voice – we meet at eye level. For me, corporate responsibility means recognising and strengthening the personal responsibility of employees and steering them in the right direction. I am aware that our employees are the driving force behind SEMODU. In my view, giving them the greatest possible freedom in their work is a form of responsible corporate management. This not only helps us improving, but also the results of our work.

Which projects and initiatives in which SEMODU has been involved in in recent years were important for the common good, had social relevance?

Frank Talmon l’Armée:
We believe that all of the projects we initiate or support have a high social relevance. And the numerous project enquiries that we receive regularly show us the success of our initiatives “affordable living” and “climate-neutral, resource saving concepts.

That’s the customer perspective now. To what extent does your focus on social and community responsibility also influence you in the field of human resources, for example in the selection of applicants?

Frank Talmon l’Armée:
We believe that a multicultural team brings with it a special diversity of talent, skills and new perspectives. Regardless of age, experience, background etc. , we are looking for the smartest and most creative minds who bring fresh air and new ideas.

What role do the employees of SEMODU play in the success of the company? What is particularly important to you in terms of applicants?

Frank Talmon l’Armée:
SEMODU is on a growth course – both geographically and in terms of personnel. In order to cope with this increasing workload, we can always use reinforcement in the team. We appreciate the ability to work collaboratively. Working at SEMODU requires a great openness to innovative thinking and a willingness to challenge conventional approaches. Initiatives and new ideas of our employees are also enormously important to us, and we therefore particularly encourage independent working methods.

What are the fields of activity and initiatives with which you want to make a long-term contribution to society with your company?

Frank Talmon l’Armée:

SEMODU AG is based on four main business areas: modular, digital, sustainable and productive. All those contribute to the goal of creating a future worth living for future generations. Intelligent and sustainable building modules are our path to reach these goals.


How mathematics impacts our built environment?

Shashank Pandey

The cycle of the environment has a rhythmic and repetitive function. From seasons to daylight hours, all follow a set pattern. Secondly, mathematical proportions are decisive in making any object look aesthetically pleasant or unpleasant. The ancient architecture and in some cases modern architecture too used these mathematical patterns and proportions to harmonize the built form with our nature habituated visual senses. The Golden ratio is one such example. Its geometrical interpretation was used as early as in Egyptian, Greek, and Roman civilizations. The trend continued extensively in Gothic and Islamic Architecture. Modern Architects such as Le Corbusier also used mathematics as a tool in their design forms.


How is mathematics and modular construction interrelated?

Shashank Pandey

These two are co-related in multiple dimensions. Historical use of mathematics in buildings, was restricted primarily to building forms and facade patterns. But with modular construction mathematics play a more decisive role encompassing different facets of planning. In modular construction, other than the regular anthropometry figures, the planning team must make efficient calculation, regarding the size of the modules, ratio of module faces, weight of the modules, balance of the module, and the special technical parameters in the subject of structures and MEP.

The external factors such as fabrication plant, state traffic regulations, crane allowances, etc. bring these restrictions in play. Inefficient planning can make the project cost to shoot up.

The efficiency can be checked and compared using formulas. Planners must work under this complex mathematical umbrella. This complex constellation can be simplified through CAD (Computer aided design) planning scripts. In the future, fabrication plants will have more automatic and semi-automatic CAM (Computer aided manufacturing) processes at their disposal.


Can this mathematical system be used similarly across all the projects?

Shashank Pandey

This system has many variables. When looking over external factors, on one hand there are variations arising due to different state building regulations and on the other hand different state traffic restrictions. Talking of internal factors, for example, the system devised for a residential building cannot be used as it is for an office building. Other variations arise from the material itself. Concrete, wood, steel, and hybrid construction, each have their individual mathematics. Due to the heavier weight of concrete (ca. 2400 Kg/m³), it results in smaller module sizes as compared to wood (ca. 1200-1500 Kg/m³). Additionally, in concrete, the specific fabrication process of dealing with sized formworks brings further invariable constraints in the planning process. But at the same time, due to its lean wall sizes concrete modules result in better area efficiency. All these parameters are analysed mathematically across advantages and disadvantages, material wise and project wise. This complex comparative analysis is much easier with mathematical coding and combinatorics.


In general, how do the project processes differ in modular construction? And what impact these processes have on the cost and sustainability numbers?

Shashank Pandey

In our experience, Design-Build is the best suited project delivery method for modular construction. The planning revolves around the specific module mathematics which is customized as per the manufacturer’s system. The building modules are detailed up to the last step during the initial planning phases and are pre-finished up to the grade of 80-90% in the fabrication plant itself. Even the sequence of final module assembly and the point of connection for lifting the module is pre-determined. Last minute alterations are difficult to execute and costly to duplicate. It can disrupt the entire modular process and prolong the project duration.

The planning process utilises the practical principle of P-P-D (Plug, Play and Design). The aim of the planner is to design with the most efficient sizes of the module, as smaller or bigger sizes can lead to cost escalation during fabrication, transport and onsite lifting and assembly. At the same time, planner must maximize the module repetitions to end with efficient fabrication costs. Finally, the total reduction in the project duration by 50-70% results in greater value of opportunity cost for the real estate developer.

Coming to the aspect of sustainability, the lean fabrication process and low number of design changes lead to minimum construction waste. Highly controlled quality standards make the building durable and more sustainable when calculated over the entire building life cycle. The reduction in project time leads to decrease in carbon emission in intangible ways. The grade of building material recycling and flexible project reuse possibilities add up to the sustainability quotient even further.


How SEMODU ́s modules development differs from its competitors?

Shashank Pandey

Our modules and its fabrication process envision high grade of efficiency replicating the automobile industry of Germany. The priority is set on achieving module quality, rather than module quantity. For instance, our conceptualization for residential projects aims to accomplish the total planning by using minimum of one or maximum of three module sizes per project. This uniformization principal trickles down in maximization of cost, quality, and time benefits. These value engineered modules are structured to meet next generation digitalisation, affordability, and provide compact solutions. The WANDWALL variant is being developed as a smart module tool embedded with BOS technology. This is the future of modular construction and the real estate industry at large, where we have already made significant inroads.

Jochen Dorner is our Head of Business Development and a long-standing expert in the real estate industry. He is responsible for the efficient and climate-neutral implementation of our projects and project development in general.

In the following interview, we asked Jochen about the biggest challenges in the real estate industry and SEMODU’s answers. He also explains which sustainable solutions SEMODU AG integrates in its projects.

What are the biggest challenges in the real estate industry? And what does SEMODU do to overcome these challenges?

The real estate industry must face a number of challenges. These include the housing shortage associated with affordable housing, the current shortage of skilled workers in the industry, climate change and the progress of digitalization. In fact, the real estate industry is one of the least digitized sectors, so the need to catch up is enormous. In addition, the challenges for the real estate itself have completely changed and must be faced by the real estate industry in the long-term as well.

What does SEMODU do? As a method provider, we work system-independently and offer our solutions according to the challenge or request of the customer. In doing so, we do not focus on just one product or material, but on the best concept for the solution in question. In addition, we are specialists in the rapid provision of living space, which is becoming increasingly important in view of the prevailing housing shortage.

To what extent does SEMODU counteract climate change? The concept of sustainability is deeply embedded in SEMODU’s concept. We make a promise to our customers that every one of our projects will be climate-neutral in its creation or later in its operation. To maintain CO2 neutrality, we have entered a partnership with GETEC to develop market-independent solutions. Our company appears on the market as CERO2 and develops innovative projects to enable CO2-neutral operation later on.

How is the concept of sustainability implemented at SEMODU and what role does climate protection play in this?

The answer lies in the comparison of modular and conventional construction. The latter is characterised by poor productivity and significantly higher resource consumption. For this reason, the real estate sector is responsible for around 60% of all waste generated in Germany today. In contrast, the modular construction method has a significantly higher productivity and effectiveness. Here, SEMODU relies on wood as a construction raw material and, in exceptional cases, on wood-concrete hybrid buildings, which makes our projects much more resource-efficient and significantly more sustainable.


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