Sustainable

In this way we conserve resources and make a contribution to a future worth living in

Concept: Make a sustainable contribution

We have decided to develop concepts that are both as climate-neutral and resource-saving as possible. It is also important to us that our solutions for development and energy supply in real estate can be used worldwide. With our considerations regarding series production, we also want to be a role model for using the available resources sparingly.
We see it as our task to find suitable solutions for the buildings of the future in the area of conflict between climate protection and resource conservation on the one hand and the great demand on the other. This drives us to implement the best concepts and at the same time to use the most modern technology in the building and in its production. The building modules developed by us lead to the shortest construction times and yet still achieve the highest quality standards. When designing our product lines, we pay close attention to their later use.
At the same time, we develop products that are aimed at very different target groups. In order to create living space for every age group and life situation as quickly as possible. We manufacture basic modules that we can make available in large numbers at short notice. As part of our development, based on the same basic idea, we will bring modules for the highest demands and individuality onto the market.
The core of our business is always based on the question of using only materials that are renewable.

That is why we love wood as a building material.

Global warming has long since started and, even with the best global efforts in terms of climate protection, it will at best be slowed down or stopped in the next 200 years. Almost all leading scientists consider a reversal to be impossible. It will get warmer, worldwide but especially in the temperate and polar regions, and whether this will be “only” two or four degrees per year, is still a matter of discussion for science. The increase over the next few decades will be somewhere in between. If we assume that in the year 2050 the temperatures in our latitudes will be two degrees higher than the long-term average for the period 1981-2010, then we will be in a completely different climate region. And we are already noticing changes today. The temperatures in many regions are already 1 to 2 degrees above the values before industrialisation.

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Average temperature in Berlin, DE 2010-2020

Source: Weather by CustomWeather, © 2020

But what does an increase of two degrees mean? This can be illustrated by a simple comparison. The average annual temperature in Berlin in 2014 was around 52 degrees Farenheit. If you add two degrees to this, you are in a climate region that roughly corresponds to the climatic zone of Bordeaux in France.

Rank The 10 warmest years 1880-2019

Source: NOAA, 2020

Highlights:

  • In 2019, the average temperature over the global land and sea surface was 1. 71°F (0. 95°C) above the 20th century average of 57. 0°F (13. 9°C), making it the second warmest year on record.
  • The global annual temperature has increased since 1880 at an average rate of 0. 13°F (0. 07°C) per decade and since 1981 at more than double the rate (+0. 18°C / +0. 32°F).
  • From 1900 to 1980, a new temperature record was set on average every 13. 5 years; since 1981, it has increased to every 3 years.

The graph shows the global combined annual average of land and ocean temperatures for each of the ten warmest recorded years and the anomaly.

CO2 Neutral

CO₂ neutral energy concepts:

The energy transition will keep us very busy over the next few decades.
Interestingly, the building sector is one of the largest greenhouse gas emitters in
Germany. In order to achieve the climate goals, changes are urgently needed here:
For example, old oil and gas heating systems have to be replaced with modern and CO₂-neutral forms of heat generation.

Only if we all work together to create this change will we be able to preserve a world worth living in for future generations. That motivates us. That is why we do not just develop conventional buildings or residential districts. Together with our Advisory board, we develop energy supply solutions that make sustainable sense.

By the way: We are also actively involved in the reforestation of forests.

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We favor Electricity and Energy storage

“Power-to Heat”: Heat from excess electricity

For many years we have been dealing with the effects of energy policy considerations on social development, paying particular attention to the effects on the real estate sector. As a result, we have developed supply solutions that especially meet the needs of our customers. We store the energy that you will need at a later point in time, already a long time in advance as heat or as electricity. With our partners we have the right concepts at hand. We would be happy to advise you about the options.

As regards modern energy concepts, most people think of combined heat and power plants, photovoltaics and wind energy. We think further ahead, because the electricity and heat supply must be considered together.

Our concept is based on the “Power-to-heat” method – heat from excess electricity. Germany currently produces an electricity surplus worth billions, which is exported abroad because the power plant capacities are enormous. They must cover the maximum peaks of the possible power consumption and also have the capacity of buffer storage.

Most of the time, therefore, not all power plant resources are connected to the grid. So, electricity is available in abundance, but not at all times. The real challenge is the intelligent seasonal storage of energy, i.e. over a longer period, for example from summer to winter.

Lithium-ion-based battery storage systems are only suitable for short-term overnight storage. They would be too expensive as long-term storage. The use of hydrogen as an energy storage medium, which is obtained from excess green electricity via an electrolysis system, is currently the subject of much discussion. And conventional gas heating systems can be converted so that in the future they will run on hydrogen instead of natural gas. This technology is still in its infancy though. However, electricity can already be converted directly into heat today.

Our concept is based on highly insulated water tanks:

These can store heat for a long time and can be easily installed in any boiler room and especially in our buildings. The energy stored there in the form of heat, which was obtained from excess electricity, can then not only be used for heating but also, of course, for cooling in summer. At the same time, with our Power-to-heat concept we also achieve a reduction in costs, both in terms of investment and subsequent maintenance.

Social affairs: Housing must remain affordable

We are not only concerned about climate change. The great demand for real estate has led to ever increasing prices worldwide. More and more people are pouring into the cities in search of better future prospects, which results in an increase that the housing supply can no longer meet. In addition, the regulations for the construction of buildings are becoming increasingly extensive. Both of these factors mean that for many inquiries there are no offers with reasonable prices. However, thanks to modular production we are able to fulfil the regulations with the highest quality and at the same time maintain an affordable price level.

Sustainable for society: A partner for municipalities

We see ourselves as a partner for all questions relating to the creation of housing, schools, day-care centres and similar buildings. With our solution approaches, we ensure the rapid, cost-efficient and sustainable creation of buildings that serve residential purposes or other municipal requirements. Together with the municipality, we analyse the needs and implement the projects quickly. We reduce the usual project and construction times by more than half!


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.

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Maximilianstraße 2
80539 Munich

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10589 Berlin

Benzenmühlstraße 9
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