Visionary new building

The construction design phase for the new Fraunhofer WKI building on the campus of the TU Braunschweig has begun.

Center for Light and Environmentally-Friendly Structures ZELUBA®

The campus of the Technische Universität Braunschweig will soon provide the backdrop for the “Center for Light and Environmentally-Friendly Structures ZELUBA®“. Following its completion, the Fraunhofer WKI department bearing the same name, which is currently located at the headquarters of the Fraunhofer WKI, will move into the building and continue its research and development work there in close cooperation with the TU Braunschweig.

According to the current planning status, around 1,700 m² will be available in the ZELUBA® building for the execution of research assignments. The exemplary use of hybrid building systems in the planned ZELUBA® building enables, for the first time, the comprehension of hybrid constructions. For this, partners from the industry are directly involved. Companies which offer materials from renewable raw materials have the possibility to participate in the construction of the center. Eligible examples include natural fiber materials as insulation materials for the building, new wooden structural elements, windows and doors.

Researchers from the Fraunhofer WKI and the TU Braunschweig are already working together within the framework of the ZELUBA® kick-start project and are developing, in collaboration with the industry, lightweight hybrid systems on the basis of renewable raw materials for use in multi-storey building construction.