FUTR HUT – Cluster for innovative materials
The FUTR HUT in The Urban Tech Republic will be an innovation and production site for sustainable raw and construction materials. This is where a site is being developed for collaboration on research, testing, and production with a heavy emphasis on sustainable construction. The objective is the digitalization and optimization of processes to scale and standardize climate-neutral construction to an urban scale, as well as making it affordable and marketable.
Focus on urban timber construction
Timber is an important CO2 storage source and a sustainable construction material. Schumacher Quartier will provide upwards of 5,000 homes for more than 10,000 people and is expected to become a model residential district for urban timber construction. The buildings in the very first construction phase will be built using a minimum percentage of timber of 50%. In this phase, different types of construction, both established and experimental, are expected to be implemented and the timber content in the next phases of construction will gradually be increased. Jointly with the State of Brandenburg a cooperation strategy will be pursued with the development of a regional production chain for timber construction and ecological building materials. This means that the timber for building the Schumacher Quartier comes from the region. It is then processed in the Urban Tech Republic, among other places, before being assembled in the residential district. Talks with companies from the timber construction sector are already taking place for this purpose.
Why wood? The city as a CO2 storage space
Berlin TXL is becoming a model international location for sustainable construction. All around the world, cities are facing the challenge of satisfying the increasing demand for residential space in a way that is ecologically compatible. With wood as the material, cities become storers of CO2 and building blocks for climate neutrality. For a cubic meter of wood growth, a tree converts a metric ton of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide and absorbs as much as 250 to 300 kg of carbon (cf. Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe [Agency for Renewable Resources]). In buildings the carbon then remains fixed in the form of wood, a renewable material, for the many decades of its useful life.