A1 Immo Talk: The future lies in digitized houses

At the A1 Immo Talk, A1 CEO Marcus Grausam, Vienna City Councilor Peter Hanke and Karina Schunker, Managing Director Housing at EHL, discussed sustainable construction.

Under the title “From special request to standard”, network provider A1 invited to a real estate talk. The Telekom company will expand the digital infrastructure over the next few years so that home office and home schooling work well everywhere. To this end, 600 million euros will be invested in the fiber optic network. “Fiber optics used to be a special request, today it’s standard,” emphasizes CEO Marcus Grausam. He wants to win over the real estate industry as a digitization partner.

The trend researcher and architect Wolfram Putz, founding partner and managing director of the Berlin architectural office Graft with offices in Los Angeles and Beijing, who was invited as a keynote speaker, referred to the trend towards urbanization and densification against the background of demographic development. “We need a turnaround in mobility for the aging population,” emphasizes Wolfram Putz. The car consumes a lot of resources and space in urban areas. As successful examples of car-free initiatives, he names the car-free Sundays on the Champs-Elysées in Paris and the former Tegel Airport, where green wooden residential buildings have been built, a car-free district. According to the planner, an important measure is to integrate mobility hubs into the houses: with charging stations for e-cars, rental e-bikes and scooters as well as parcel boxes from the post office, park and bus station.

“We are planning 100 mobility stations in Vienna,” promises Peter Hanke, City Councilor for Finance and Economics, that these must be openly accessible. They want to invest 25 million euros by 2040 for the transport and energy transition as well as digital infrastructure in municipal housing. “You need a good plan, because 18 years go by quickly.”

More open space

For the design of new living spaces, the demands on the floor plans have changed, says Wolfram Putz. As a departure from the open floor plans, more walls are needed again, mainly because of home office and home schooling. The addition of open spaces in existing buildings is also a big issue, and balconies are in demand. Those interested in housing are increasingly interested in the energetic condition of purchase and rental properties, says Karina Schunker, Managing Director Housing at EHL. “The energy certificate has become a decision-maker for many.”

Picture at the top: Peter Hanke, Marcus Grausam, Karina Schunker and moderator Sandra Baierl (from left)

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