Offsite Summit at Offsite Expo 2019 in UK

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Offsite Summit at Offsite Expo 2019 in UK

Sophie Xiying Liu

Business Development Manager | 11.09.2019

As one of the most dynamic offsite events of the year in UK, the Offsite Expo will be held on 24 - 25 September in the Ricoh Arena, Coventry UK. We will be presenting and sharing our expertise in offsite timber construction at the Offsite Summit.

Offsite Summit at the Offsite Expo will bring to life some of the most inspirational and ground-breaking offsite projects from around the world. The event will focus on knowledge sharing and collaboration opportunities by facilitating networking opportunities at the UK’s largest exhibition of offsite construction technology. 

On Wednesday 25 September 2019, Patrick Schwalm, Project Manager at Renggli International AG, will deliver a speech at the Offsite Summit, titled Case studies on a variety of off-site timber construction projects throughout Europe. 

As one of the leading offsite timber construction companies in Europe, Renggli has realised various projects in different timber construction systems – what have we learned and how can we make progress continuously? We will be sharing the valuable insights and we would like to invite you to join us there.

Date25 September 2019
Time10:30 - 13:20
LocationRicoh Arena, Coventry, UK
ThemeCase studies on a variety of off-site timber construction projects throughout Europe
ProgramPresentation, Panel Q&A
OrganizerOffsite Summit, Offsite Expo

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When we talk about the offsite timber construction, what are we talking about?

Based on the experiences Renggli has gained in different offsite timber constructions, Patrick Schwalm will select the most important and widely-used types: 

  • cross-laminated timber (CLT) construction
  • advanced close-panelize system
  • modular construction

He will illustrate how to choose the suitable construction approach for different projects.

1. CLT: is it the future of timber construction?

The ambitious CLT companies worldwide have planned and invested in new construction and expansion of their production capacities. In Europe, the top 15 companies alone are expected to increase their production from 0.7 million m3 in 2016 to 1.8 million m3 in 2020 – 263% increase in the four years (G. Ebner, 2017). 

As an environmentally friendly building material, CLT reveals large potential towards a sustainable transition of the building and construction industry. In recent years it keeps attracting more attention from architects and engineers, as well as investors and residents. 

In February 2019 Renggli realized our very first timber building in Berlin in CLT: B-Part at Gleisdreieck Park. As a mixed-use building, it offers 1,000 m2 of space for experiment on the new ways of living and working together in the changing urban environment. In the future, we expect to see more development in CLT construction not only in residential, but also in office, commercial and educational sectors.

B-Part at Gleisdreieck under construction in 2018, Berlin.
Project B-Part at Gleisdreieck in Berlin, when it was under construction in 2018

2. Close-panelised system: a strong demonstration of the modern prefab-timber solution?

In the past two decades the close-panelised timber construction method has been used in a variety of projects in the DACH region (Germany, Austria and Switzerland). This system has well demonstrated their strengths as a space-saving lightweight structure in multi-storey buildings for residential apartments, offices, schools, building extension, etc. 

Using offsite prefabrication, building components like walls, floors, ceilings are manufactured in the protected factory environment with millimeter-precision. The pre-installed doors and windows also help reduce the on-site construction time and provide high insulation performance. The high quality can be ensured throughout the whole process, from certified raw material manufacturers to prefabrication and on-site assembly.

Freilager Zurich, three 6-storey residential buildings, built in prefab-timber construction system.
Freilager Zurich, three 6-storey residential buildings, built in prefab-timber construction system.

In addition, the development of BIM (building information modelling) and its application in the timber construction sector has accelerated the growth of the close-panelised prefab-timber system.

Renggli’s BIM concept includes multi-phase and multi-party cooperation.
Renggli’s BIM concept includes multi-phase and multi-party cooperation.

3. Timber/hybrid modular construction: how to explore its full potential?

The world’s tallest modular hotel built by Marriott in the New York City, AC Hotel New York NoMad, has put the modular construction in the spotlight. Some advantages of modular constructions have been widely recognized, i.e. significant time reduction at the construction phase, high accuracy in cost management, etc. However, its impacts on the building and construction industry will go way beyond these ideas: it could be the most efficient solution for addressing the housing shortages along the fast urbanization process worldwide; it can and will change the procurement and supply chain in the construction industry fundamentally. 

More interestingly, when we use timber as the major building material in the modular construction, it offers additional benefits in sustainability and more comfort for the residents. With the support from the technological development in the prefabricated timber construction sector, this trend has been proved to be not only realistic but also optimal in some cases.

School building Champagne in Biel, Switzerland, built in timber modular construction in 2017.
School building Champagne in Biel, Switzerland, built in timber modular construction in 2017.

With years of experiences Renggli has gained in both timber and hybrid modular construction, we will share our expertise on choosing the suitable projects for modular construction, and how we can explore the full potential in these projects.

Hello Lenzburg, a multi-storey hybrid modular construction, completed in February 2019
Project Hello Lenzburg, a multi-storey hybrid modular construction, it was completed in February 2019.

The advantages and disadvantages of these modern timber construction methods will be compared and analysed during Patrick Schwalm’s speech at the Offsite Summit. We look forward to meeting with you there!

Relevant projects

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G. Ebner, Plus 1 million m³ by 2020, Timber Online, 24.10.2017.

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