On November 15, 2018, the Bavarian regional branch of the German Association for Independent Real Estate and Housing Companies (BFW) hosted ImmobilienDIALOG in Nuremberg with the support of Drees & Sommer, Rödl & Partner and Sparkasse Nürnberg (the Nuremberg savings bank). Attendees of the event learnt that member companies of BFW in the German federal state of Bavaria are seeking solutions for the housing deficit primarily in areas of high population density.
The city of Nuremberg is also having to cope with challenges on the housing and commercial market: buildings are supposed to be constructed quickly and cost-efficiently, yet as sustainably as possible, and optimally integrated into the municipal infrastructure.
Andreas Zeitler, Managing Director with responsibility for residential construction at Sontowski & Partner, commented: ‘We will not be able to create the space needed in Nuremberg by infill and regulation alone. We will only manage this in conjunction with the areas surrounding the city, but then infrastructure must be included in the design as a top priority.’ Andreas Eisele, President of BFW in Bavaria, explained: ‘The metropolitan region of Nuremberg, which includes the cities of Fürth and Erlangen, is an important economic location, and therefore also attractive for many immigrants. We must not counter this housing need by tighter regulation. It is only by working with the city and the administration that we will achieve a solution to create more residential property.’
How the digital transformation will contribute to process optimization in the real estate industry – especially for municipalities – was explained by Holger Seidel, Associate Partner at Drees & Sommer. ‘In the coming years, the real estate industry will be shaped by digitization. For local authorities this means in practical terms that, in addition to the digitization of buildings themselves, the digitization of the procedure for securing planning permission and the business processes of all those involved in adding value will be priorities. Digitization is used in planning and collaboration via the digital building information modeling (BIM) planning method; in portfolio analysis by digitized evaluation methods such as Asset Check; and in the linking of a variety of information sources. Digitization also offers significant added value as an aid to the selling, letting, and facility management processes.’