Podcasts

You want to know more about what we do but don’t have the time to read too many articles? Why not try one of our podcast episodes on ‘Future Construction’?

#12 AK Sustainability (in German)

The current edition of our podcast series “Constructing Future” is about how the topic of sustainability can best be implemented in everyday office life. Heike Behring interviews our colleagues Vanessa Propach and Moritz Brombacher, both members of our Sustainability Working Group. This internal working group was founded at the beginning of 2019 and has already achieved a lot in the past three years: from water dispensers and exemplary waste separation to employee e-bikes and the installation of new showers. During the discussion, it becomes clear how complex the topic of sustainability is – and how everyone can contribute to it.

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Podcast Constructing Future on Sustainability in Everyday Office Life

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#10 Zero Emissions with Roland Bechmann (in German)

In our podcast series “Zero Emissions”, this time Roland Bechmann, board member and partner of Werner Sobek AG, is our guest. He reports on an internal task force that is investigating how we can minimise emissions and resource consumption in the construction industry through our planning. Roland Bechmann explains how this requires a permanent questioning of assumptions in all project phases and across numerous disciplines.

Podcast Zero Emissions with Roland Bechmann

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#9 Zero Emissions with Stefanie Weidner (in German)

Our podcast series “Zero Emissions” looks at the emissions directly and indirectly associated with construction – and asks how they can be reduced as quickly as possible. In the latest edition of our series, Dr. Stefanie Weidner (Director Sustainability Strategies at Werner Sobek AG) is our guest. She talks about how the hidden CO2 emissions of our buildings are calculated and how planners, builders and contractors should work together to achieve optimum savings.

Podcast Triple Zero with Stefanie Weidner

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#8 Zero Emissions with Alexandra Mrzigod (in German)

“Sustainability” is not a classic planning discipline that can be considered on its own – aspects such as resource efficiency, recyclability, and user comfort can only be adequately taken into account through an iterative interaction of a wide variety of experts. In our company, we have therefore brought together specialists from all our disciplines and locations in the “Triple Zero” task force. The task force not only serves to address specific sustainability requirements in our projects. It is also a platform for internal knowledge transfer and the promotion of an interdisciplinary mindset. In this way, the foundations for truly sustainable projects are laid at an early stage. To kick off our new three-part podcast series, our colleague Alexandra Mrzigod talks about the challenges and potential of her involvement in the task force.

Podcast Triple Zero with Alexandra Mrzigod

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# 07: Green Technologies with Patrick Bezner (in German)

Patrick Bezner, Managing Director of Werner Sobek Green Technologies, welcomes you to our new podcast. What does “Green Technologies” mean at Werner Sobek and which competences are summarized under this term? Patrick Bezner provides exciting insights into his specialist area of sustainable construction. Listen in!

Podcast Green Technologies with Patrick Bezner

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# 06: Bridges (in German)

Welcome to the new episode of our podcast “Building Future”. This time, our guest is Andreas Malcher, civil engineer and team leader bridge construction at Werner Sobek. He has been working as a specialist in the field of bridge construction for many years and provides interesting insights into his work in this conversation. How can design, load-bearing structure and sustainability be taken into account in equal measure when designing bridges – and what challenges will planners and builders have to face in the future? Listen in!

Teaser Podcast Brückenbau

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# 05: Adaptive Structures and Facades (in German)

How can the built environment of tomorrow be realised sustainably today? Against this background, a new episode of the podcast “Building the Future” by Werner Sobek sheds light on the importance of adaptive load-bearing structures and façades. This time, the guests are Prof. Lucio Blandini, board member at Werner Sobek and head of the Institute for Lightweight Design and Construction (ILEK) at the University of Stuttgart, and Dr. Stefanie Weidner, sustainability specialist at Werner Sobek. They present a milestone in the field of innovative construction: the demonstrator high-rise building in Stuttgart-Vaihingen. This 36.5-metre-high tower is the world’s first adaptive high-rise in which the supporting structure and façade can automatically adapt optimally to changing wind and weather conditions. This saves resources on a large scale without compromising safety or user comfort.

Demonstrator Universität Stuttgart Vaihingen

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# 04: S21 and its Chalice-Shaped Columns (in German)

Angelika Schmid is our guest in this episode. The authorised signatory and team leader at Werner Sobek provides exciting insights into the engineering firm’s contribution to the major Stuttgart 21 project. Together with her team, she was responsible for the planning of the so-called goblet supports, among other things. These support the roof structure of the new underground station in the heart of the state capital. They are characterised not only by their slender and elegant shape, but also by their complex inner workings.Angelika Schmid explains the special features of the goblet supports, but also talks about what the project has to do with sustainability and what the current status is on the construction site.

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# 03: Recycled Concrete (in German)

This episode’s guest is Holger Hinz, authorised signatory at Werner Sobek. He talks about a big step towards sustainability in construction: the use of recycled concrete (RC). The problem with new concrete is that on the one hand it is one of the most important building materials, but on the other hand it is also one of the biggest consumers of energy and resources and a producer of CO2 emissions. In terms of a more sustainable future, alternatives are urgently needed. According to the expert, recycled concrete could be one such alternative. In its production, crushed natural stone or naturally formed gravel is partially or completely replaced by a recycled aggregate, i.e. processed construction waste. In this way, a large part of the resources can already be saved. Hinz goes on to explain where RC is already being used today, what the cost situation is and whether it is visually different from new concrete.

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# 02: Green Facades (in German)

Green facades can make an important contribution to improving the microclimate in our cities. For this reason, they are increasingly coming into the focus of builders and architects. But what does incorporating so much biomass into a technical system mean from a practical point of view? What requirements do structural and façade planners have to take into account? Florian Starz is an expert for green façade systems at Werner Sobek. He reports from planning practice.

Kö-Bogen in Düsseldorf Kö Bogen II

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# 01: Regenerative Architecture (in German)

Construction is responsible for more than half of the world’s resource consumption and waste generation. Time for a rethink. We are already looking for solutions today, for a sustainable built environment tomorrow. One answer is based on the concept of regenerative building. This profound approach to solutions was developed within the framework of a 4-year EU project, which ended in April 2021, with the participation of Werner Sobek, and offers tangible approaches for building practice. Project manager Giulia Peretti explains the concept and how it can already be applied in practice today.

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