BAU 2019 -
The future of building

 The world's leading trade fair for architecture, materials and systems is returning to Munich with even more space for innovations. The international “Who’s Who” of the building and construction industry will get together from January 14 to 19 in no less than 200,000 square meters spread over 19 exhibition halls.

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Stora Enso’s Wood Products division provides versatile wood-based solutions for building and housing. Our product range covers all areas of construction, including massive wood elements and wood components. We also offer sawn timber goods, biocomposites and pellets for sustainable heating.

BAU's primary strength is that those responsible for all branches and all trades come together to exchange ideas and information. From planners and architects to building tradesmen, building-material retailers and real-estate representatives, everyone here gets helpful ideas and the latest tips.

BAU communicates the future of building, letting planners experience the latest ideas, technologies and materials in actual practice. All the industry's leading manufacturers are represented at BAU, making it the perfect place to contact them directly. In addition, the fair's first-rate supporting program features a wealth of new ideas.

Any building tradesman who wants to succeed must be ready to face the latest challenges. BAU gives tradesmen the best overview of practical innovations. This is where global market leaders, proven SMEs and innovative newcomers present their latest products—often in hands—on demonstrations.

Nowhere else can building-material retailers meet so many manufacturers of all the products they sell. BAU is the perfect place to see which products, materials and innovations practitioners want.

BAU gives representatives of the real-estate and housing sector a look at where the construction industry is headed and what opportunities there are when it comes to renovation and modernization in existing structures. The fair allows visitors to critically examine the latest methods and technologies.

With 19 exhibition halls and an overall exhibition space of 200,000 square metres BAU 2019 presents architecture, materials and systems for commercial and residential construction, as well as for interior design of both new and existing buildings.

The four key topics of BAU 2019, Digital: Processes + Architecture, Connected: Living + Working, Integrated: Systems + Constructions and Smart: Light + Buildings, set the pace and arrange the diversity of products.

Processes + Architecture

Progress in digitalization has radically picked up pace in the building industry in recent years. With the latest developments in IT and above all in BIM (Building Information Modelling) the job of planning is undergoing tremendous change. What is certain is that ideas and designs still come from the creative skills of the architect, the interior designer and the designers.

Connected: Living + Working

Great changes are taking place in the world of work. For many the focus is no longer on pay but more on having flexible working hours or a better work-life balance. Thanks to digitalization the world of work is more intertwined with our private lives. clear patterns nowadays. Often, it’s no longer necessary to be in the office from 9 to 5. Many tasks can be done from the home office, or even in the café around the corner.

All of this is of course changing the world of building, in particular designing office landscapes. No longer does there have to be a fixed place for each employee. In the morning people simply choose where they want to sit that day. This alone saves up to 20% of office space. Even more significant is the impact on the design of residential space. Floor plans should be cleverly designed so that they can be flexibly adapted.

Integrated: Systems + Constructions

The job of an architect and an engineer are sometimes hard to separate. More sophisticated systems and technologies need people who understand how to get the very best out of these possibilities. In the field of construction, as well as good design and material combinations, it’s increasingly about complex load-bearing structures, lightweight constructions and highly technological components. One example is the facade, which, as the outer skin of a building must also accommodate technologies for ventilation or energy recovery, and all in a very small space. In themes like this the jobs of the architect and the engineer intersect, and early, detailed planning, carried out in collaboration, is essential. That way, potential problems can be identified and eliminated at the planning stage, to avoid errors that would later be irreversible.

Smart: Light + Buildings

Buildings themselves are becoming digital. In a smart building all the devices are linked up in a shared “smart grid” and can communicate directly or indirectly with each other, supported by the internet of things technology. This brings several advantages: energy streams can be controlled and optimized, and, for example, the energy generated by solar cells can be distributed according to need or also stored for later use. In a larger network excess energy can be distributed to neighbouring buildings. Entire urban districts can in this way be connected into an intelligent network.

Many exhibitors will align their product presentation to these key topics and offer matching solutions. The key topics will be elucidated and discussed under different aspects at the trade show forums and illustrated at the special shows based on product and project examples.

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