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Geschäftsführung

Frank Talmon l'Armée

Real estate economist, CEO and founder of SEMODU AG.

Er ist Mitglied in verschiedenen Immobilienorganisationen und hat ein Verfahren zur Serienproduktion von Gebäudemodulen mitentwickelt. Seit 2016 realisiert die Semodu AG modulare Gebäude mit höchsten Ansprüchen. Nach leitenden Positionen in der Allianz-Gruppe wechselte der Immobilienökonom in die Projektentwicklung und war fast 20 Jahre bei namhaften Projektentwicklern als Vorstand für Entwicklung, Business Development, Finanzen und Organisation tätig.

Simone Talmon l'Armée

Limited Director and Member
of the Supervisory
Board of SEMODU AG.

Simone Talmon l’Armée has been supporting the company in all areas of the company since its foundation in 2016 and is responsible for the organization and administration, as well as for human resources of SEMODU AG.

Jochen Dorner

Head of Business
Development

Bianca Nausedat

Head of Corporate Finance

Nach dem Studium der der Wirtschaftswissenschaften sammelte sie ihre ersten einschneidenden beruflichen Erfahrungen als Consultant bei PwC in Luxemburg und Ernst & Young im M&A Bereich. Anschließend entschloss sie sich Entrepreneurship in Liechtenstein zu studieren, wobei ihr Interesse vor allem dem Bereich Private Equity galt. Als logische Konsequenz startete sie ihre Karriere im Investmentbereich eines intentional tätigen PE Unternehmen in der Schweiz. Zurück in Deutschland blieb sie der Investment Branche treu indem sie zu einem namenhaften Vermögensdienstleister wechselte und dabei diverse Portfolios managte. Bevor sie ihre Berufung bei der SEMODU AG fand war sie maßgeblich am Aufbau eines Startups aus der Real Estate Branche beteiligt.

Mitglieder des
Aufsichtsrats

Dieter Pape

Chartered Accountant, Tax Consultant, Chairman of the Supervisory Board and Partner of SEMODU AG.

Since 1975 he has been active in business management, commercial law and tax consulting for medium-sized companies. He gained special experience in the management of real estate investments and their financing in various legal and financing forms. As a tax consultant and auditor, he is an absolute expert on all financial issues. Dieter Pape is one of the intellectual co-initiators of the foundation of SEMODU AG and is also a regional board member of the European Finance Forum.

Jens Höhl

Member of the Supervisory Board and Partner of SEMODU AG.

Since 1998, Jens Höhl has been a member of the Board of Management of Pape Consulting AG, Munich. In 1994 he took over the management of the trust department for various fund companies at an auditing firm in Munich. In 2003, he took over the role of the Board of Management of today’s URA Research GmbH in Munich, which is run by auditors.

Prof. Dr. Dieter W. Rebitzer

Economist, Consultant, Author, Business Angel and member of the supervisory board of SEMODU AG.

Er lehrt und forscht über die Immobilienökonomie und deren Schnittstellen zu Wohnungspolitik, Stadtentwicklung, Logistik und Infrastruktur, Energie und Umwelt. Seit 2002 ist er Professor für Finanzierung und Investition an der Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Umwelt Nürtingen-Geislingen (HfWU) sowie Studiendekan für Immobilienmanagement.

Dr. Alois Jerges

General practitioner and member of the supervisory board of SEMODU AG.

He has been a companion of the founders for many years and has supported the entire project from the beginning. As a doctor for general and company medicine, he is very familiar with the relevant structures through his consulting work for numerous well-known companies. In addition, he is well connected through his political commitment at city and county level in the field of politics and business.

Simone Talmon l´Armée

SEMODU INVESTMENTS Limited Direktorin und Mitglied des Aufsichtsrats der SEMODU AG

Simone Talmon l’Armée ist seit der Gründung der Gesellschaft im Jahre 2016 Direktorin. Sie ist zuständig für die gesamte Organisation und die Verwaltung des Unternehmens. 

Sie ist am Standort Süd-Westdeutschland der Firmengruppe ansässig.

Fachbeirat

Roland Egger

Universal construction and real estate expert, as well as partner and Chairman of the Advisory Board of SEMODU AG.

Mr. Egger is CEO of Egger Consult GmbH and has decades of experience in the European and international construction and real estate market with an extensive national and international network of business partners, investors and institutions.

Friedhelm A. Schmitt

Software entrepreneur, technology investor, expert for fast company growth and member of the advisory board of SEMODU AG.

Als Geschäftsführer des Softwareunternehmens Fincite GmbH hat er mehrfach Auszeichnungen für innovative Technologie, überdurchschnittliches Wachstum und hohe Mitarbeiterzufriedenheit gewonnen.
Als Geschäftsführer der Beteiligungsgesellschaften Fincite Ventures und Aphelium Investments hat er erfolgreich mehr als 15 Technologieunternehmen aufgebaut und skaliert.

Götz von Waldeyer-Hartz

Business economist, partner and expert advisory board of SEMODU AG

The graduate in business administration brings with him both entrepreneurial experience as a shareholder-managing director and many years of management experience in technically oriented medium-sized companies as well as in trade associations. In addition to consulting and interim mandates, Mr. von Waldeyer-Hartz also lectures on organizational and personnel development.

Ingo Kronenberg

Business economist, managing director of FOURR GmbH, partner and advisory board of SEMODU AG.

Mr. Kronenberg has more than 20 years of real estate experience. He served as managing director of Dutch Real Estate Investments GmbH for 9 years. He is also a member of the advisory board of SGBS – Alumni (St. Gallen Business School – St. Gallen, CH) and founder and CEO of ImmoSport.

Celin Sommer

Grafik-Designerin, Gründerin und Vorsitzende “One for the Planet” e.V. und Fachbeirat SEMODU AG

Celin Sommer ist selbständige Grafik-Designerin und hat Anfang 2020 mit einigen engagierten jungen Menschen die Initiative one for the planet gegründet, weil sie der Meinung ist, dass Klima- und Umweltschutz alle etwas angeht und jeder ein Teil der Lösung sein kann.

Das SEMODU Team

KARRIERE

Wir suchen Teamplayer, Macher und Weltverbesserer

We see ourselves as an international, interdisciplinary team with a clear mission: we want to create new living spaces with the help of modular concepts that conserve resources. We are always on the lookout for talented people and real team players who want to shape the future of construction together with us. We look forward to receiving your speculative application at: [email protected]


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BOARD

Frank Talmon l'Armée

CEO and Founder

Frank is a member of several organisations and has co-developed a method for the serial production of building modules. With SEMODU AG, modular buildings with the highest standards have been realized since 2016. The real estate economist switched to project development after a senior management role in the Allianz Group and spent nearly 20 years with renowned project developers as part of the Executive Board for Development, Business Development, Finance and Organization.

Simone Talmon l'Armée

Head of Human Resources

Simone Talmon l’Armée supports since the foundation of the company in 2016 in all areas of the areas of the company and is responsible for the organization and administration, as well as for the Human Resources of SEMODU AG. She is located at the South-West site of the group of companies.

Jochen Dorner

Head of Business
Development and Authorized Officer

He has been a member of the advisory board of international real estate management for just over 20 years and thus always has his finger on the pulse of the real estate sector.
During his professional career and development, Jochen has always remained true to the real estate industry. In the past, he has been part of well-known companies and was able to build on his strengths in project development and business development. Most recently, he spent around 8 years at Aareal Bank Group as Head of Business Development, Consulting and Marketing, as well as for the sale of real estate and M&A of companies.
Since summer 2020, he has been driving the sustainable development of the real estate sector together with the board and management of SEMODU AG.

Bianca Nausedat

Head of Corporate Finance

After studying economics, she gained her first incisive professional experience as a consultant at PwC in Luxembourg and Ernst & Young in the M&A sector. Afterwards, she decided to study entrepreneurship in Liechtenstein, where she was particularly interested in the field of private equity. As a logical consequence, she started her career in the investment department of an intentional PE company in Switzerland. Back in Germany, she remained loyal to the investment industry by moving to a well-known asset management company, where she managed various portfolios. Before she found her calling at SEMODU AG, she was significantly involved in the development of a start-up in the real estate sector.

Franziska Löhr

Head of ESG

In the newly created position, Löhr will be responsible for Semodu’s company-wide ESG strategy from January 2022 and will lead the projects in the area of sustainability. In order to boost the sustainability field, which is increasingly coming into focus, the company wants to use the 32-year-old to expand the range of services related to CO2 neutrality of real estate. In addition, she is to establish a competence centre for sustainability development in all dimensions (environmental, social and corporate governance).
The sustainability expert has many years of experience in the areas of energy supply and decarbonisation. Most recently, she was responsible at MVV Enamic for the project planning of CO2-neutral and energy-efficient generation solutions in new and existing buildings and acted as an interface between the real estate sector and the sustainable energy industry.

Benedict Heidbüchel

Head of Investor Relations

Benedict Heidbüchel joined the SEMODU team as Head of Investor Relations in March 2022. He has several years of experience in M&A transaction consulting and accompanied various DAX companies in the healthcare, mobility and energy sectors in the context of carve-outs and spin-offs. Most recently, as an investment banking associate, he accompanied sales mandates in the mid-market. He also holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in M&A.

Members of the Supervisory Board

Dieter Pape

Chartered Accountant, Tax Consultant, Chairman of the Supervisory Board and Partner of SEMODU AG.

Since 1975 he has been active in business management, commercial law and tax consulting for medium-sized companies. He gained special experience in the management of real estate investments and their financing in various legal and financing forms. As a tax consultant and auditor, he is an absolute expert on all financial issues. Dieter Pape is one of the intellectual co-initiators of the foundation of SEMODU AG and is also a regional board member of the European Finance Forum.

Jens Höhl

Member of the Supervisory Board and Partner of SEMODU AG.

Since 1998, Jens Höhl has been a member of the Board of Management of Pape Consulting AG, Munich. In 1994 he took over the management of the trust department for various fund companies at an auditing firm in Munich. In 2003, he took over the role of the Board of Management of today’s URA Research GmbH in Munich, which is run by auditors.

Prof. Dr. Dieter W. Rebitzer

Economist, Consultant, Author, Business Angel and member of the supervisory board of SEMODU AG.

He teaches real estate economics and its interfaces with housing policy, urban development, logistics and infrastructure, energy and the environment. Since 2002 he has been Professor of Finance and Investment at the Nürtingen-Geislingen University of Economics and the Environment (HfWU) and Dean of Studies for Real Estate Management.

Dr. Alois Jerges

General practitioner and member of the supervisory board of SEMODU AG.

He has been a companion of the founders for many years and has supported the entire project from the beginning. As a doctor for general medicine, he is very familiar with the relevant structures through his consulting work for numerous well-known companies. In addition, he is well connected through his political commitment at city and county level in the field of politics and business.

Simone Talmon l'Armée

Head of Human Resources

Simone Talmon l’Armée has been a director since the company was founded in 2016. She is responsible for the overall organization and management of the company.

Advisory Board

Roland Egger

Universal construction and real estate expert, as well as partner and Chairman of the Advisory Board of SEMODU AG.

Mr. Egger is CEO of Egger Consult GmbH and has decades of experience in the European and international construction and real estate market with an extensive national and international network of business partners, investors and institutions.

Friedhelm A. Schmitt

Software entrepreneur, technology investor, expert for fast company growth and member of the advisory board of SEMODU AG.

As Managing Director of the software company Fincite GmbH, he has won several awards for innovative technology, above-average growth and high employee satisfaction. As Managing Director of Fincite Ventures and Aphelium Investments, he has successfully built and scaled more than 15 technology companies.

Götz von Waldeyer-Hartz

Business economist, partner and expert advisory board of SEMODU AG

The graduate in business administration brings with him both entrepreneurial experience as a shareholder-managing director and many years of management experience in technically oriented medium-sized companies as well as in trade associations. In addition to consulting and interim mandates, Mr. von Waldeyer-Hartz also lectures on organizational and personnel development.

Ingo Kronenberg

Business economist, managing director of FOURR GmbH, partner and advisory board of SEMODU AG.

Mr. Kronenberg has more than 20 years of real estate experience. He served as managing director of Dutch Real Estate Investments GmbH for 9 years. He is also a member of the advisory board of SGBS – Alumni (St. Gallen Business School – St. Gallen, CH) and founder and CEO of ImmoSport.

Celin Sommer

Graphic Designer, founder and director of One for the Planet and member of the advisory board of SEMODU AG.

Celin Sommer is a freelance graphic designer and founded the one for the planet initiative in early 2020 with some committed young people because she believes that climate and environmental protection concerns everyone and everyone can be part of the solution.

Team

CAREER

We are looking for team players, creators and world-improvers

We see ourselves as an international, interdisciplinary team with a clear mission: we want to create new living spaces with the help of modular concepts that conserve resources. We are always on the lookout for talented people and real team players who want to shape the future of construction together with us. We look forward to receiving your application at: [email protected]

We are looking for two Senior Project Developers | Real Estate (m/f/d) in full-time for our location in Berlin.

Your tasks:

– You will carry out location analyses and market forecasts, coordinate the creation of modular residential properties and urban district developments.

– You will create economically viable utilisation concepts for the project developments you supervise

– You will manage the external project team and coordinate the interfaces between planners, specialist engineers and construction companies.

– You will be responsible for clarifying project financing and project liquidity planning.

– You will prepare profitability calculations, profitability analyses and forecasts, prepare and implement committee decisions and, if necessary, take over the client functions.

– You will take care of the contract management of the projects and monitor risks, obligations and deadlines.

– You will support real estate transactions (purchase and sale incl. pre- and after-sales management).

– You will accompany own developments of the SEMODU Group as well as projects for external clients in service development.

 

We offer:

– An innovative, modern and future-oriented company with freedom for self-development and co-design.

– A permanent, challenging and varied job with prospects for the further development of a dynamically growing company.

– A modern workplace and use of the latest technologies

– Teamwork in an open and trusting atmosphere

– Short decision-making processes due to a flat hierarchy and a cooperative working atmosphere

 

Your profile:

– You have a degree in civil engineering or architecture or have a comparable academic qualification in the real estate sector, preferably also a degree in business administration with experience in real estate project development.

– You bring in-depth knowledge and experience in the identification, acquisition and conceptualisation of real estate projects as well as in-depth knowledge and practical experience in public and private building law, investment appraisal and have knowledge of the real estate market and at least five years of professional experience.

– You enjoy working in teams and your analytical, conceptual and economic thinking is one of your strengths.

– You have a high degree of self-direction and decision-making ability.

 

Have we sparked your interest?

Then please send your complete, application documents, stating your salary expectations and earliest possible starting date to our HR department at [email protected].


Modular construction creates living space in Premium quality

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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.

Vision and Values

SEMODU Module

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.

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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 method provider for serial and modular construction worldwide. We achieve this by using sustainable modules that are cost effective and climate-neutral.

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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 twin technology have made it into the headlines of newspapers, magazines, and conferences. As digitalization is embracing all aspects of our private and professional lives, it is becoming a priority for managers and policymakers to talk about the new opportunities. In this interview we talk with Frank Talmon l’Armee, CEO of SEMODU AG, about the relevance of digital transformation in real estate industry.

 

Journalist:

Why is digitalization so important at SEMODU?

Frank Talmon L‘Armée:

“We can already see that digitalization 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 talk about the possible implementation of digital progress, but to implement the real solutions – from words to deeds, so to speak. We at SEMODU believe that the dematerialization of physical objects is only a matter of time and therefore see an immense potential in the digital transformation of the real estate industry and especially in modular construction.”

Journalist:

We often hear about the importance of putting customers’ needs at the center when doing the product development. 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, means that every day can be unique.”

Journalist:

You mentioned before the need to move from words to deeds. So how does SEMODU implement digitalization in its products?

Frank Talmon L‘Armée:

“We are currently in the process of developing a fully digitized module by implementing an intelligent building operating system. This system 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. Moreover, habits are changing faster than ever. For example, 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 in order to create a wide offer that can be arranged according to individual preferences.”

Journalist:

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 not only provide valuable impetus for our work but they inspire and motivate us.”

Journalist:

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 to catch 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 in great demand, is also evident from the numerous positive feedback we receive from city planners, architects, and decision-makers on our real estate projects.

Journalist:

Sustainability does not come at zero cost. But sustainability has been in the trend for years and is now approaching construction and real estate industries. At the same time, however, there is a housing shortage and apartment prices keep rising. How can this contradiction be resolved?

Frank Talmon l’Armée:

Little has changed in conventional construction in the last 200 years, especially with regards to sustainability. But our CO2-neutral building concepts do not necessarily have to be expensive. This is a very important point. For us sustainability has to do not only with climate protection, but also with socially acceptable living – that is why we are aiming to go away from this contradiction. With climate-neutral concepts, 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 implementing sustainability are inevitably linked. Generally speaking, at SEMODU we are sending a clear signal for more climate protection and sustainability.”

Journalist:

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, the real estate industry is rather conservative and slow when it comes to innovations. 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. These are the problems that affect all of us. From politicians, companies, cities, environmental organizations 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.

Journalist:

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 behind.
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.”

Journalist:

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.

Journalist:

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 building 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 the conventional construction, construction times can thus be reduced by up to half.

Journalist:

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 are constantly working on improving our environment. The promising collaboration with a major energy company is only the beginning.

Journalist:

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 recognizing and strengthening responsibilities of employees and steering them in the right direction. Our employees are the driving force behind SEMODU. In my opinion, giving them the greatest possible freedom in their work is a form of responsible corporate management.

Journalist:
Which projects and initiatives in which SEMODU has been involved in recent years 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.

Journalist:
That’s the customer perspective now. To what extent does your focus on social responsibility also influence you during the selection of applicants?

Frank Talmon l’Armée:

We believe that a multicultural team brings 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.

Journalist:
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 always use reinforcement in the team. We appreciate the ability to work collaboratively. Working at SEMODU requires great openness to innovative thinking and willingness to challenge conventional approaches. Initiatives and new ideas of our employees are enormously important to us, and we therefore particularly encourage independent working methods.

Journalist:

What are the 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.

Journalist:

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. Mathematical proportions are decisive in making any object look aesthetically pleasant. The ancient architecture and in some cases modern architecture make use of mathematical patterns and proportions in order to harmonize the built form with our nature habituated visual senses. The Golden ratio is one such example. Its geometrical interpretation was used by 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.

Journalist:

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 plays 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.

Journalist:

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, on the other hand, different state traffic restrictions. Talking about 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 analyzed mathematically in terms of advantages and disadvantages, material wise and project wise. Of course, this complex comparative analysis is much easier with mathematical coding and combinatorics.

Journalist:

In general, how do 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 utilizes the practical principle of P-P-D (Plug, Play and Design). The aim of the planner is to design the most efficient size of the module, because either 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.

Journalist:

How does SEMODU ́s modules development differ 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 needs and provide compact solutions. The WANDWALL digital module 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 contribution.

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 how does SEMODU solves them. 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 is facing 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 of the particular inquiry. 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 characterized by poor productivity and significantly high 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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