Your own four walls are generally regarded as a place of safety and security – a kind of oasis of well-being in which you can relax. However, the walls, ceilings and floors of many houses contain harmful substances that can have an impact on people’s health. Through evaporation, they cause symptoms such as headaches, rashes or asthma. So that your own home doesn’t make you ill, you should pay attention not only to the appearance but also to the health of your home. The correct choice of building materials ensures that pollutants do not find their way into the house at all. With a holistic health concept, Baufritz has taken up the cause of healthy house construction.
To be able to understand the origin of the Baufritz mentality, you have to go back almost four decades. The year is 1981, and a severe misfortune strikes the Fritz family: Mother Gerti Fritz unexpectedly falls ill with cancer. In their search for the cause, the family takes a closer look at their immediate surroundings, especially their own four walls. She identifies fumes and dust from building materials, electromagnetic radiation and other environmental influences as possible factors for the disease. Soon afterwards, the first Baufritz house was built from pollutant-tested natural materials and free of hazardous substances. To date, around 3,500 homes have been constructed according to this principle. They correspond to the motto ‘Good for people and the environment.’ “Every day, this experience is the incentive for our actions to protect the health of our customers.”
A sustainable approach to house building is an essential parameter for both longevity and ecological considerations. “On average, a Baufritz house will reduce 40 tons of CO2 in the long term.” When materials are delivered, the first step is to determine whether they meet the company’s own biological building requirements. This approach applies to all areas. From glazes to mineral plaster through to paint – everything that is used complies with the high standards set by the company’s building biology. “We only use materials that have been tested for harmful substances and are of natural origin – free of chemical adhesives or additives.” In this manner, Baufritz has developed its own natural insulation material called “HOIZ”. The wood chips produced during production are enriched with whey and soda. The soda ensures that the wood is resistant to fungal diseases so that no mold develops, and the whey ensures that the specified fire protection level is achieved. “This gives us an insulating material that is neither synthetic nor artificial.”
“As we have to plan our tours and assemblies well in advance in the interests of customer service, it is essential that we can rely on our vehicle fleet.”
For the assembly of the individual components and repairs, Baufritz relies on a fleet of Sprinters. They are used to transport the tools required on site. For the interior design of the vehicles, Baufritz opted for a Sortimo system. “We try to make the work as easy as possible and efficient for our fitters and service personnel who are on the road. Safety is particularly important to us.” Over the years, they have adapted the Sortimo system to their individual needs – from site operation to after-sales service. “There are many parallels between Baufritz and Mercedes-Benz. For example, high quality, tradition and “thinking outside the box.” To anticipate the wishes of our customers and to reflect them in the product.”
There are no off-the-shelf houses here: “With us every house is individually planned by architects.” The customer’s wishes are implemented according to ecological standards.
And what’s next? “We are delighted that the topics of ecology and sustainability are currently experiencing an upswing.” Even in times when these topics were not as relevant to society as they are today, Baufritz was already thinking about how to deal ecologically with resources. “This gives us a certain advantage, which we will continue to expand in the future.” In the future, it will become more and more critical to build more densely. “In urban areas where there is little building space, we will have to look to make living even more efficient. We are working intensively on this, and it will certainly become an increasingly important task in the coming years.”