In September 2020, PERI had printed Germany's first ever residential building in Beckum (North Rhine-Westphalia) with a BOD2 3D concrete printer. Now, this project has been awarded the German Innovation Award by the German Design Council.
The annual award recognizes projects that advance their industry through originality, implementation and effectiveness. "With this manufacturing process, houses can be built faster, more economically and more sustainably. In addition, this innovative technology allows a highly individual design of the living spaces," the jury's statement said.
"The PERI team is pleased with all project partners involved about this award," said Thomas Imbacher, PERI board member responsible for Innovation & Marketing. "The Beckum project was the first of its kind in Germany and is the result of great teamwork by all involved. Together, we have given this new type of construction in Germany an enormous boost."
PERI's project partner for the printing of the house in Beckum was the planning office Mense-Korte ingenieure+architekten. The “i.tech 3D” material used in the printing process was developed by HeidelbergCement. The engineering office Schießl Gehlen Sodeikat supported the development of the concept for obtaining the approval, the planning and execution of the corresponding approval tests was carried out by the Technical University of Munich.
The German Design Council, based in Frankfurt (Main), was founded in 1953 and is today a leading global competence center for knowledge transfer in the field of design, brand and innovation.
The jury for the German Innovation Award is made up of independent, interdisciplinary experts from industry, science, institutions and the financial sector. Entries are judged on the basis of the criteria of innovation level, user benefit and economic viability. The innovation strategy should take into account aspects such as social, ecological, economic sustainability and the use of energy and resources.