October 2016
Text DGNB Preis, image Stefan Müller Naumann

School nominated for prestigious sustainable building award in Germany

Germany’s most important architectural prize for sustainable buildings this year awards a project that focuses on people.

The nominees for the DGNB Award 2016 are “AKTIV-STADTHAUS” in Frankfurt/Main, the “Solarraupe” in Marburg, and the Schmuttertal Secondary School in Diedorf in Bavaria. The winner will be announced at the award ceremony on November 25, 2016 in Düsseldorf.

The Schmuttertal Secondary School in Diedorf is nominated for multiple reasons this year. Due to precision planning of the timber construction, the manufacturing was more efficient, resulting in a very short construction time. The wood construction uses renewable building materials, which requires just a little “grey energy” and enables a higher CO2 balance, and the wood-concrete ceilings reduce fluctuations in temperature. The use of highly efficient technical solutions and a photovoltaic system are the reason why more energy is generated than consumed.

The Schmuttertal Secondary School in Diedorf not only achieves the German plus energy standard, it is also modular, allowing for agility in the ever changing ways in which modern education is carried out. The four buildings that form the school perfectly integrate into the landscape at the edge of the Augsburg Nature Park. The project shows how modular building and pre-manufacturing can be a cost-effective, sustainable, functional and beautiful.