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Nordbau 2021 – Developing solutions, shaping the future, bringing people together

(Neumünster) From 8 to 12 September 2021, the 66th NordBau invites you to the Holstenhallen exhibition centre in Neumünster, Schleswig-Holstein. For more than six decades, the largest compact trade fair for construction in northern Europe has been the exchange platform for many architects, civil engineers, builders and craftsmen from the entire Baltic region. True to the motto: People talk to each other here!

ARGE Anniversary- 75 years of commitment to affordable housing

On Wednesday, 8 September 2021, the Working Group for Contemporary Building „Arbeitsgemeinschaft für zeitgemäßes Bauen (ARGE)“ , the longest-serving, continuously operating building research institution in the Federal Republic of Germany, will celebrate its 75th anniversary on the Holstenhallen forum’s gallery! The Construction Minister of Schleswig-Holstein, Mrs Sütterlin-Waack, will personally give the welcoming speech. It is no coincidence that the ARGE has chosen NordBau for its birthday celebration, after all, the Working Group for Contemporary Building not only has a long-standing and trusting partnership with the building trade fair. “The anniversary of the „Arbeitsgemeinschaft für zeitgemäßes Bauen“ takes place within the framework of NordBau because the ARGE was a co-founder of NordBau – at that time still called “Norddeutscher Baustoffmarkt” (North German Building Materials Market) and since then both the ARGE and NordBau have provided impulses for the building industry throughout Germany. In this respect, we are pleased that NordBau can take place this year and that we can celebrate our gala evening in this environment,” ARGE Managing Director Dietmar Walberg describes the special relationship with NordBau.

E-mobility in construction – commercial vehicles on the move in a sustainable manner!

In the fully booked outdoor area, the innovations and “one-stop solutions” for electromobility for construction and the skilled trades will be presented this year in the South area. Electric commercial vehicles, charging stations, construction and servicing of the system at the company’s headquarters as well as power generation on the company premises are key points of interest for construction and trade companies. Visitors can get detailed advice from e-mobility experts on site. In addition, the Commercial Vehicles Construction exhibition area offers tradesmen, municipalities and companies a variety of innovative technology, vehicle equipment as well as vehicles for large construction sites, on an area of 6,500 square metres. Interested visitors will find tractor trucks, cranes, tippers and trailers. Of course, many vehicles can be seen in action and performance and functionality can be checked directly on site.

Special topic: A second life for building materials – recycling in building construction and civil engineering

The construction industry is one of the great engines of economic growth and at the same time one of the largest employers in Germany. However, increasingly scarce raw materials, high transport costs and growing problems with hazardous waste are addressed by the industry. After all, around 40 percent of global resources are consumed in construction. High time to rethink: the construction industry along with numerous associations in the demolition, raw materials, building materials, waste disposal and recycling industries offer promising approaches to solutions. For this reason, NordBau, in cooperation with ARGE, the Schleswig-Holstein Ministry for Energy Transition, Agriculture, Environment and Digitalisation and the Technischen Hochschule Lübeck (Lübeck University of Applied Sciences), is organising a special show on this range of topics on around 400 square metres in Hall 8 / South Entrance.

Conferences, congresses and training seminars

From Wednesday to Sunday, around 50 seminars, further training courses and symposia will be held at the 66th NordBau again this year. Many local authorities, working groups, professional and trade associations have been using the fair for many years to hold their trade congresses there. Two-thirds of the seminars are recognised by the Chamber of Architects and Engineers as official further training events. This year, too, a number of representatives of the state government and state authorities are on site for tours and various specialist conferences, thus underlining the importance of the construction industry for the state. Certainly also symbolic of this is the now traditional “Construction Minister’s Day” with the Minister of the Interior, Rural Areas and Integration of the State of Schleswig-Holstein, Mrs Sütterlin-Waack, which will take place on Friday, 10 September 2021. Accompanying the special theme: “A second life for building materials – recycling in structural and civil engineering” in Hall 8 will be, among others, the “4th North German Specialist Symposium on Recycled Building Materials” organised by the “Working Group for Contemporary Building” – (Arbeitsgemeinschaft für zeitgemäßes Bauen – ARGE), the “Waste Management Association North” (Entsorgergemeinschaften Nord) the Schleswig-Holstein Chamber of Industry and Commerce” and the “Educational Centre for Nature, Environment and Rural Areas” (Bildungszentrum für Natur, Umwelt und ländliche Räume) on Wednesday, 8 September 2021. Jan Philipp Albrecht, Minister for Energy, Agriculture, the Environment, Nature and Digitalization of the State of Schleswig-Holstein, will open the Recycling Forum as co-organiser. The seminar “Recycling in Architecture – Desire and Reality” will also deal with this important topic on 9 September 2021 during the Architects’ and Engineers’ Day. On Thursday, for example, the event of the InformationsZentrum Beton GmbH will also be about “Sustainable and resource-saving construction with concrete”.

Everything under one roof

In addition, NordBau 2021 will once again present the most important trends from the areas of construction machinery, building materials, building elements and energy and building technology. In the halls, some exhibition areas have been reallocated this year. Visitors will find everything they need to know about house building and extension work in Hall 1, where IT solutions in the building sector will also be on show. Modern heating technology and fireplaces are presented in Hall 4, while everything revolves around tools, clothing, roof and attic conversion in Hall 5. An overview of the grounds and further information can be found online at

Numbers, data and facts

With around 69,000 square metres of outdoor exhibition space and over 20,000 square metres of indoor exhibition space, NordBau impressively demonstrates its strength and position as the most important compact construction trade fair in northern Europe and the entire Baltic Sea region. Numerous seminars and events complement the trade fair format by attracting a large number of trade visitors, with two-thirds of the conferences being recognised by the SH Chamber of Architects and Engineers as official further training events. Since 1956 exhibitors have used NordBau to reach both the numerous trade visitors and end customers (public as well as private builders). NordBau thus enjoys a high level of acceptance and attraction for all those interested in building and for those working in the building industry. In addition, NordBau has been cooperating for more than 45 years with the partner country Denmark, which sees the trade fair as a basis for the German and European market.

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The 66th NordBau will take place from 8 to 12 September 2021 at the Holstenhallen Neumünster exhibition centre.

Source: Nordbau Press