Thunderbolt for Housing Market

Thunderbolt for Housing Market

Austria: Timber-hybrid construction specialist Cree and prefab-house market leader ELK are bundling their competences and launching first joint projects

Dornbirn/Schrems, 31 July 2018 – A revolution in the construction sector is emerging from Austria: Dr. Matthias Calice, Managing Director of ELK Fertighaus GmbH-parent company Gampen Fertighaus S.a.r.l., and Hubert Rhomberg, CEO and Founder of Cree, have agreed to concentrate the energies of both their businesses and jointly raise housing construction to a new level, both in the Alpine Republic and worldwide. Cree will bring in its system planning competences as well as longstanding experience in multi-storey timber construction. ELK enriches the partnership with nearly 50 years of experience and know-how in prefabricated housing construction as well as state of the art infrastructure for industrial and thus more efficient prefabrication.

“With this collaboration we can achieve consistent, comprehensive handling from the planning stages and the pre-production up to assembly“, Rhomberg explains. “This is a vitally important step to a ‘one-stop shop‘, which will enable us to create living space faster and more cost efficient. Together we have the necessary planning and production capacity, that large customers like to see.“ Dr. Calice agrees: “This enables us to completely cut out intermediaries and offer a significant simpler and cheaper product, which will on top of that be constructed in the shortest possible time.“ This is also why the new player is likely to be particularly attractive for commercial property developers and for social housing construction: “With a unique combination of advantages of industrially manufactured, high-quality timber-hybrid elements and the systematic and optimised planning and handling process for production and assembly, we offer the ideal service platform for the construction of individual and high-quality residential estates at unbeatable conditions”, so Rhomberg.

The first two joint activities are already on their way. These are residential, office and commercial projects in Wolkersdorf (Lower Austria) and Vienna to the extent of approximately 70.000 square meters.

About ELK Fertighaus GmbH
ELK Fertighaus GmbH is an Austrian business with around 1.200 employees. As the market leader in the local prefabricated housing market, more than 50 years building experience and in excess of 40.000 satisfied customers, ELK stands for the highest quality, excellent price-performance ratio and comprehensive service. Brands included in the business besides ELK are “ELK für Selbermacher“, “ZENKER” and “HANLO”. Additionally, ELK is also a successful property developer operating as “ELK BAU” with its own housing projects. Under the name of “ELK MOTEL“, hotels with up to 50 rooms are being built in Austria and Germany.

About Cree
Cree – whose name is borrowed from the natural way of life of the eponymous American indigenous people and stands for Creative Resource & Energy Efficiency – is part of the Rhomberg Ventures, next to the renowned Zech Group as Owners of Cree, and the logical consequence of four generations of structural engineering experience. The company was founded in 2010 and aims to be a source of inspiration and ideas for a more sustainable handling of nature. With novel approaches, resource and energy use in the whole lifecycle of buildings aim to be reduced and be in line with climate change requirements. The timber constructions specialist´s vision is a hybrid-timber high-rise building with up to 30 storeys and 100 metres in height, with a minimised use of energy and resources from the planning stage up to dismantling. The core of it all is the LCT (LifeCycle Tower)-system. With the LCT ONE office tower in Dornbirn and the “Illwerke Zentrum Montafon” in Vandans, Cree has already proven on two counts that the concept works in real conditions of use. In Memmingen, Bayern, the system has been applied in a combined office- and residential building, for the first time in a residential construction.

Press Contact

ELK Fertighaus GmbH
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die Kommunikationsagentur GmbH
Christian Rothmüller
T. +43 676 676 0664

Cree GmbH
Mariahilfstr. 29, A-6900 Bregenz
Mag. Matthias Moosbrugger
Marketing & Communications Director
T. +43 5574 403-2195