Vienna, 29th September 2020 – Corona, negative interest rates, and sustainability were the dominant subjects at this year’s Annual Housing Forum. The conference, which is organized by the imh Institut Manfred Hämmerle GmbH, took place on 29th and 30th September in the Hotel Vienna South/Hilton Garden Inn.
In his lecture entitled “Sustainable Housing – with BIM?” ATP CEO Christoph M. Achammer discussed various aspects of the future of housing: political-social, economic, ecological, and socio-cultural. And, in his usual penetrating manner, he observed that: “It isn’t just the economic parameters that aren’t sustainable in housing.” The wasteful use of land, the continuing misguided prioritization vis-à-vis reducing energy consumption and emissions, and the absence of public space are accompanied by our continuing toleration of a potential wastage of 30–50 % in design and construction. “As a product guaranteed by human rights conventions, housing must become an industrial product and BIM can support this development,” said Achammer. Amongst the prerequisites for this are fundamental changes in the culture, organization, and processes of design and construction.
Achammer turned to a practical example in the field of sustainable housing in the shape of „SUUP – Smart Urban Upgrade“: This study, which is being carried out by ATP in cooperation with students from Vienna University of Technology, is investigating the city’s urban development potential. It identifies the densification of the urban fabric – as exemplified by remodeling or building above supermarkets and car parks – as a logical, sustainable, and attractive option.
Annual Housing Forum (Jahresforum Wohnbau)