Straubenhardt – First Model Municipal Community in the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg to Commit to Recyclable Buildings

The new fire station in Straubenhardt serves as a raw material depot as a building capable of circulation. The materials used can be recycled without loss of quality.

Unnecessary waste comes not only from drinking straws or plastic bags. Half of the waste produced in Germany currently comes from construction and demolition. Experts sound the alarm, and the municipality of Straubenhardt in the Enz district in Baden-Württemberg reacts.

Straubenhardt is the first model municipal community in Baden-Württemberg to commit to the Cradle to Cradle principle in its new building projects, i.e. sustainable, recycling-enabled solutions to ensure that building materials can be reused in their original form after demolition. Today, the foundation stone is being laid for the first such project – the new fire station in Straubenhardt.

EPEA GmbH in Hamburg is supporting the municipality of Straubenhardt in this exemplary goal. Cradle to Cradle or C2C means that the materials used in a project can be completely recycled. Basically, the raw materials for products, processes and buildings should be used in such a way that they are either preserved in the same quality, or that they can be completely removed and returned to the biological life cycle. In such recycling or upcycling, the usage value is significantly extended: buildings effectively become storage sites for raw materials. Demolition must then be understood as a source of raw materials, especially because the construction sector is one of the largest consumers of raw materials.

The Fire Station Building is the First Step

Straubenhardt started to put this approach into practice when the municipality began the construction of a new fire station building, designed by the Stuttgart-based architectural firm Wulf Architekten GmbH, which is due for completion in the fall of 2020. The new fire station marks the first step for Straubenhardt. In the further development of its transition to a sustainable municipality, Straubenhardt plans to implement further smaller C2C projects in daily life and hopes for the broad participation of the local community.