Modular

Reduce construction time and costs with modular concepts from Semodu

We have thought of everything:
Our modular construction concept: of course, basements are also possible.

We have developed a process with which we can work with selected and experienced partners to manufacture building modules that meet even the highest standards. The modules are manufactured according to our specifications and assembled on the construction site. The only requirement is an existing floor slab. Basements of course are also possible.

With the help of a process that has been coordinated down to the last detail and the pre-production of the modules, we succeed in reducing the construction time, or better said the assembly time, to a minimum. In this way, we can get a building ready for occupancy in a fraction of the time that conventional structures require. And in terms of design, comfort and flexibility, they achieve a quality that impresses!

The challenges we face, our goals and the philosophy behind them are explained here in an interview by our CEO, Frank Talmon l’Armée. Just click the video on the right.

Keep it simple: : Industry as an example

We derived our considerations from the automotive industry. The buzzword is “plug and play. ” What does this mean? We design and plan our modules so that they can be placed almost anywhere in the building and in this way the technical connections always work.

This is also an aspect that in turn benefits shorter project lifetimes, improves quality and ultimately reduces construction costs. Our customers benefit from this by buildings with a short construction phase.

The potential of modular construction especially unfolds in the planning of entire residential districts or mixed-use properties. The economies of scale of modular design lead customers to be better profitability.

Clever Modules:
many possible applications

Modular housing concepts offer solutions for almost all forms of living.

Whether student housing or family accommodation, whether retirement homes or apartments for single people. In principle, modular concepts can be developed for almost all types of living.

Maybe you are thinking about the construction kits that you played with as a child. Even back then, completely different designs could be implemented with a number of different modules. We take advantage of just this fact. If we deal with specific locations, we will use the existing modular system and create a perfect building solution for the respective location. In this way, people and their usage requirements are our main focus once again.

Quickly available and affordable too

Modular building concepts are quickly available in a number of ways. The construction time is significantly shortened, and the time required for the part of the building above ground amounts to a few weeks and when it comes to large building complexes, the construction period amounts to a few months. By making use of the existing planning modules, the planning time is significantly reduced. This significantly shortens the overall project duration. The capital commitment is shorter, less personnel costs, construction costs decrease, in short, the project becomes “affordable”. While the terrain is being prepared on the construction site or the basements are being built, the production of the building modules is underway at the manufacturing plant. As soon as the construction site has been approved for erecting the building, the modules are delivered.

TIMBER MODULES

Modular timber construction with the natural high-tech material: Wood

Wood is a composite building material reinforced with cellulose fibres with a high proportion of voids. For us this material is therefore a natural “high-tech” product. Although it is lighter than steel, it is generally more stable and, in contrast to concrete, can still absorb large tensile forces. Furthermore, it also has the very best thermal insulation properties.
If the surface is untreated or remains open-pored, wood creates a healthy and comfortable room climate, as moisture is regulated in a natural way. In short: it is perfectly suited for our projects and for pioneering energy concepts.

Wood is the future for buildings

Wood plays a key role in our modular considerations. Wood can be treated dry and without further chemical processes. Wood binds enormous amounts of CO₂ and by reforesting the same amount of wood used, we improve the CO₂ balance.
Modular construction multiplies the proven strengths of timber construction. It is even more precise in production, even faster in construction or assembly, even more economical, even more efficient and therefore even more cost effective. The prerequisites for achieving all of this require not only know-how but also industrial processes. The economies of scale outlined here can only be achieved by means of a high degree of prefabrication and the use of industrial manufacturing techniques.

And what is more: In addition to the high degree of prefabrication, our Timber modules are easy to dismantle and are recyclable.

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Interesting facts about wood

Germany alone has a forest area of around 11.1 million hectares, which is around 30% of the total cultivated area. The wood supply in our forests is around 3.4 billion cubic metres. These forests alone extract over 600,000 tons of CO² from the atmosphere every day. This corresponds roughly to the amount produced per second by three drivers per year. To produce one tonne of wood, trees remove around 1.9 tonnes of climate-damaging CO² from the atmosphere and store 500 kg of carbon.

[The future of buildings is CO2 neutral: Thanks to reforestation

If we use wood to manufacture our modules and reforest at the same time, the carbon stored in the wood and thus the corresponding CO² equivalent is withdrawn from the atmosphere during the useful life of the wood. As a result, the use of wood counteracts the accumulation of CO² and thereby the greenhouse effect.
Good side effect: We create a healthy indoor climate and rooms where you can feel good.

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Modular timber construction - advantages:

  • modular timber construction leads to an almost dry production chain
  • modular timber construction enables even more precise production, even faster assembly,
  • neven more cost-effective construction compared to other module variants
  • modular timber construction is recyclable and thus makes a contribution to climate protection
  • modular timber construction leads to a pleasant, homely living environment

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CONCRETE MODULES

Make use of exciting opportunities: Concrete modules

Our concrete modules combine all the useful properties of this building material and at the same time eliminate the disadvantages of conventional on-site construction. The modules are manufactured in the interior of the production plant, which ensures a controlled, automated and weather-independent environment. The system is prefabricated and planned using highly developed BIM technology (Building Information Modelling). This saves us significant time, costs and construction waste and thereby ensures a considerable increase in efficiency. At the same time, we achieve a modular construction with the highest building quality.

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Interesting facts about concrete

Concrete is undoubtedly the most widely used material in the age of modern and postmodern architecture. This is due, among other things, to its high flexibility in terms of design forms and structural engineering capabilities. Concrete has a high compressive strength and a corresponding tensile strength to withstand natural forces. During its entire life cycle, concrete requires only minimum maintenance and is also highly resistant to biotic and abiotic decay. The most important property, however, is its fire resistance.

Prefabricated residential modules instead of conventional in-situ concrete on the building site

The conventional pouring of in-situ concrete on the construction site requires the mobilisation of building materials, supports, formwork, scaffolding and labour. This requires long construction times and therefore often results in an increased construction budget. Since the construction activity is carried out outdoors, this makes quality control more difficult, which can often result in reworking, causing project costs to skyrocket and time management to falter. That is why we use prefabricated concrete modules for our modular construction.

Concrete modules - advantages:

  • Concrete modules are fire resistant
  • Concrete modules are resistant to biotic and abiotic decay
  • Concrete modules achieve Lean Construction Principles
  • Concrete modules cause low maintenance costs despite their long life cycle
  • Concrete modules ensure high construction quality
  • For all the CO2 that is caused during the series prefabrication as well as on the construction site, we plant trees to ensure a CO2-neutral project!

HYBRID MODULES

The combination makes the difference: hybrid modules

The hybrid modules we use are truly high performance in many respects: The floor slab forms a concrete foundation with the technical elements already integrated. All four enclosing walls are made of solid wood and provide a pleasant atmosphere and moderate room climate, since wood absorbs any humidity when required or releases it again. The ceiling rounds things off with another concrete slab. Hybrid modules combine the sound insulation and fire protection properties of the concrete elements, as well as the pleasant, feel-good atmosphere and climate regulation that wood provides. Furthermore, the contrast between both materials is used to increase the aesthetic values of buildings.

A hybrid construction exploits the advantages of timber construction and those of concrete construction to equal parts. As a result, our buildings are particularly well suited for the respective usage situation and offer the best usage characteristics for a lifetime.

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Interesting facts about hybrid construction

The concept of hybrid construction combines the best properties of both materials for an optimised result. Functions and areas that require high strength and have to be water and moisture resistant, such as the kitchen and bathroom, are preferably cast in concrete. On the other hand, wooden modules are suitable for bedrooms and lounges due to their pleasant atmosphere features.

Hybrid modules - advantages:

  • Hybrid modules combine different building materials in the same structure (concrete or wood)
  • Hybrid modules combine strength, functionality and aesthetics
  • Hybrid modules are flexible, optimised, logical and intelligent
  • We practise reforestation for every tree felled!


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

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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 reference for serial and modular construction worldwide. We achieve this with 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 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.

 

Journalist:

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.”

Journalist:

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.”

Journalist:

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.”

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 as a result not only provide valuable impetus for our work – 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 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.

Journalist:

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.”

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 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.

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.
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 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.

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 constantly improving the protection of 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 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.

Journalist:
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.

Journalist:
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.

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 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.

Journalist:
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.

Locations

You can find us here:

Maximilianstraße 2
80539 Munich

Hauptstadtatelier
Am Spreebord 9e
10589 Berlin

Benzenmühlstraße 9
71723 Großbottwar

Lämmerspieler Straße 12
63165 Mühlheim a. M.

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