We act by fostering building occupant health and well-being by providing indoor environments of the highest quality.
We do this by ensuring use of high-quality materials and visible-wood structural building components, sustainably constructed.
In a visible-wood environment, productivity increases by approximately 5%. On average, the number of sick days is proven to be reduced by 2 working days (per employee per year).
Find out more in this report by Graham Lowe.
We act by fostering innovation, research, and development towards increased technological capabilities and the promotion of structural timber within the construction industry.
We do this by supporting local technological development, our information-sharing platform, and our growing network of global partners.
Currently we are a key partner in the SPHERE consortium which aims to digitalize workflows to optimize building lifecycles, reduce costs, and improve efficiencies.
Find out more about SPHERE.
We act by ensuring efficient and economical resource management and by widely applying circular economy principles.
We do this by using local renewable resources where possible and substantially reducing waste generation through off-site prefabrication. Our adaptable spaces facilitate occupancy customization and promote reuse of building components.
The Handwerkerhaus, Bremen was erected in only 12 days with completely prefabricated components, incorporating European timber in the primary structure.
Check out our time-lapse video here.
We act by reducing embodied carbon emissions and operational energy demand of buildings, actively pushing towards net zero carbon targets.
We do this with our sustainable timber-hybrid concepts, sequestering carbon in the structural timber components, and using only as much material as necessary. Our buildings are designed for low energy demand, reducing operational carbon footprints.
We act by establishing global partnerships to create more sustainable buildings.
We do this by openly sharing knowledge and experiences with those who have the same vision for a better future.
The CREE Platform shares information and state-of-the-art processes with all our partners worldwide. For example, with this knowledge, CDCL Luxembourg made the first timber-hybrid CREE building a reality in their region.
Check out the CREE Platform.
Achieving a reduction of up to 80% embodied carbon emissions from structural building materials
Lowering carbon emissions in the building industry is crucial for mitigating climate change. A key part of this is substituting conventional construction materials with sustainable alternatives. In CREE buildings, the total volume of concrete is substantially reduced by utilizing the structural advantages of timber. Our patented timber-hybrid system provides up to 80% reduction of embodied carbon emissions from structural materials.
Realizing a 50% reduction of carbon emissions during the lifecycle of a building
By building envelopes designed to Passive House standards and combining energy-efficient building services, the operational energy demand of CREE buildings is substantially lower. Our methods are proven to reduce carbon emissions by 50% and more during the lifecycle of a building. This is truly huge step forward in moving the construction industry towards tangible net zero targets.
Generating less waste and reducing pollution
Standardization and systemized planning are key parts of CREE design, eliminating any inefficiencies through detailed pre-construction planning processes and digital twins. Moreover, the large amount of prefabricated components transforms the construction process. These arrive from the closest production facilities possible and mean less work need be completed on-site. This simultaneously reduces transportation emissions while substantially decreasing on-site energy demands and waste generation.
Managing resources sustainably
In CREE buildings, responsible and circular use of resources is assured by using timber from sustainably managed forests and ensuring compliant supply chains. Timber offers numerous advantages over conventional construction materials. Unlike steel and concrete, timber is acquired from renewable resources. In addition, end-of-life scenarios, with the possibility of upcycling or later energy recovery, enhance the positive environmental footprint of timber.
Creating flexible and adaptable spaces
Occupancy customization plays an important role in providing circular economy solutions and prolonging a building’s use phase and lifespan. CREE buildings offer column-free, flexible interior spaces that can be easily adapted to the changing needs of existing and future occupants, thereby reducing the demand and need for new buildings.
Enhancing occupant health and well-being
CREE buildings use sustainable construction materials and provide healthy environments to end users. Timber components of the structure are exposed, supporting the biophilic atmosphere of the building.
In a visible-wood environment, productivity increases by approximately 5%, while studies have shown reductions in sick leave by 2 working days per employee per year.
Moreover, a high degree of prefabricated components transforms the conventional construction site into an assembly site. Only little work is left to be completed on-site, significantly reducing emissions, waste, noise, and fine dust pollution. Creating a clean and safe environment during construction and deconstruction improves the health and well-being of not only building occupants but also the local community nearby.
Fostering transparency through whole lifecycle building data availability
Buildings built with CREE facilitate data transparency and, consequently, better assessment and efficient company reporting thanks to data generated via digital twins, a product of integrated planning processes utilizing the Building Information Modelling (BIM) approach. Well-documented CREE buildings underpin transparent processes, ensuring compliance and helping build investor trust.
To this extent, the CREE way also helps make sustainability goals measurable and traceable, and we support disclosure within the EU’s Sustainable Financial Disclosure Regulation (SFDR).
A classification system established to provide companies, investors, and policy makers with a clear outline of what constitutes sustainable economic activities to stimulate much needed sustainable investment in the EU.
The EU Taxonomy sets out specific technical screening criteria for six environmental objectives. To be eligible under the EU Taxonomy, an economic activity needs to make a substantial contribution to at least one of these environmental objectives while not causing any significant harm to the other five and adhering to minimum social safeguards.
With these defined technical screening criteria for green construction and real estate activities, the EU Taxonomy has succeeded to create a common language for the sector.
– Total primary energy demand is 117 kWh/m2/yr, 20% lower than the threshold requirements
– Up to 50% reduced carbon emissions from building construction and operation compared to similar buildings
– Detailed climate risk and vulnerability assessment was conducted
– Extensive measures taken to create a resilient and more sustainable building
– Low-consumption water taps and flushes throughout the building
– Toilet bowls and flushing cisterns suitable for 4.5 liters flushing volume
– Off-site production to reduce waste generation on the construction site
– Verifiable recycling and disposal concept based on test dismantling for deconstruction, and reuse of the construction materials
– Formaldehyde accumulation per m3 of material as 0.025 mg and 0.027 mg, substantially lower than the threshold value of 0.060 mg per m3 of material
– Measures to reduce noise, dust, and pollutant emissions during construction
– Transformation of brownfield land
– Enhanced biodiversity with biodiverse landscaping, nest boxes for birds, beehives and additional raised beds for vegetation