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The Tannenhof in the German town of Bad Feilnbach: Residential District with a Green Heart

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The Tannenhof bears the signature of its residents: following a comprehensive participation procedure, it is now being designed according to the wishes of the township.

Rosenheim, Germany, 5 July 2021. Upgrading the town center and creating tangible added value for the people who live there – that is the stated aim of the Tannenhof neighborhood development in Bad Feilnbach. To achieve this, the Bavarian town involved its citizens in a wide-ranging participation procedure. The result is impressive: in addition to affordable housing, the building project focuses on sustainability and the social character of the new neighborhood. Quest AG has been responsible for the project, and Stuttgart-based planning and consulting company Drees & Sommer SE is supporting its realization.

Construction work will continue until 2023, when the Tannenhof will be ready for its new residents. The neighborhood will accommodate 50 residential units, an assisted senior living community, a two-group child-care center, two worklabs, and rooms for the neighborly helping hand. When drawing up the development plan, Quest AG followed the findings of the public participation procedure extremely closely and designed the Tannenhof on a sustainable and functional basis, with social interaction aspects in mind.

Cozy Meeting Place for the Community

A special feature is a common ‘living room’ for residents, which is also available to everyone in Bad Feilnbach. ‘Young people in particular expressed a wish for a place in the middle of town where they are not under pressure to consume. It’s not just a place to meet friends or celebrate birthdays. The living room is also available for clubs, the ‘neighborly helping hand’ or open youth work,’ explained Quest AG project leader Michael Sandbichler. With around 100 square meters and a large terrace, the room offers plenty of space for social activities and togetherness. Quest AG is not only fitting out the living room completely and to a very high standard, but will also take over its operational management.

Climate-Neutral and Resource-Efficient Heat Generation

The houses in the Tannenhof will be connected to a woodchip power plant owned by the town of Bad Feilnbach. This is much better for the environment compared to fossil fuels, and the added value is also obtained in the region. ‘We get the wood from foresters in the area. It only comprises forest residue. This accumulates, for example, after forest clearing or management activities, or bad weather such as storms,’ said Bad Feilnbach’s Mayor Anton Wallner. He explained that generating heat with woodchips is CO2-neutral. Forests bind CO2 which is released again during combustion. Households are supplied through a local heating network with intelligent control. This provides apartment owners with renewable, climate-friendly energy.

In the Right Place at the Right Time

To ensure that the neighborhood can be completed on schedule and within budget, all the cogs on the construction site have to mesh properly. Drees & Sommer experts rely on lean construction management (LCM) in a complex project of this nature, to avoid delays, reworking, unnecessary waiting times, and wastage of labor and materials. Drees & Sommer’s project head Josef Scharnagl describes the method as follows: ‘Basically, it’s about perfecting processes and identifying problems at an early stage. The key element is a detailed project progress plan that is scheduled exactly to the day. It is then clear throughout the process how many employees, which materials and which machines are needed at which times.’ This method ensures maximum transparency on the building site. Each person can see exactly which trades are working together with him on the same site, and whether there are any last-minute changes to plans. For the Tannenhofin Bad Feilnbach, this means reliability, resource savings and motivated employees.