The federal competition HolzbauPlus 2022/2023 has started”

The new extension of the elobau company in Baden-Württemberg was one of the winners of the HolzbauPlus 2020 competition. (Source: f64 architekten)

The Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture (BMEL) announces the HolzbauPlus federal competition. On this occasion, the focus of the builders’ competition for the climate-friendly use of renewable building materials and insulation is on the construction and renovation of existing buildings. There will also be a student idea contest for the construction of serial houses.

With the sixth edition of the national HolzbauPlus competition, the BMEL once again puts the culture of sustainable and climate-friendly building in the public eye. One of the main prizes will be for “Renovation, conversion and revitalization of existing buildings”. Renovation with renewable building and insulation materials not only enables climate-friendly living, but also reduces soil sealing and raw material consumption. The jury of experts will award a second main prize in the category “New wooden construction”.

“Regardless of whether it is new construction, conversion or renovation of buildings, there is no way to avoid using all the possibilities of the COtwo-Consistently exploit the link to achieve climate neutrality. Building and insulation materials made from wood and renewable raw materials are an indispensable part of the solution, because they are a long-term carbon sink and can provide climate relief for generations. In the construction sector in particular, it is important to significantly reduce the ecological footprint. The residential and commercial buildings that we have awarded must show how sustainable measures can be taken, from planning to implementation and use. That includes generating energy from renewable resources,” Federal Minister Cem Özdemir said on the occasion of the award.

Special prizes are awarded in the categories “Urban Densification” and “Recycling Concepts with Natural Building Materials”. In the “Student Ideas Competition: Climate-friendly Mass Housing Construction”, the best student work on densification of urban wooden construction and climate-friendly mass housing construction will be awarded.

The Federal Ministry provides a total of 50,000 euros for the award winners Applications are accepted by Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe e. V. (FNR) before October 28, 2022. Detailed information on submitting documents and participation is available at

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