Sustainable construction with Sengon light wood

Ⓒ Löffler_Schmeling Architekten

Together with the architect’s office Löffler_Schmeling and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) we are developing an ecological building system based on sengon and bamboo, which will meet the ecological and climatic conditions of Borneo and will be used locally on a large scale.

The tropical light wood tree Sengon, which plays a key role in our reforestation projects, grows back rapidly, improves the soil quality through nitrogen enrichment and quickly binds large amounts of carbon from the air. By processing the light wood into multilayer boards and using it in construction, the carbon is retained over the long term, thus ensuring a positive climate balance.

The sustainable timber construction system will be adaptable to regional conditions due to its flexible additive basic structure and can be used in many places in the world. As a pilot project, a forest campus is to be built in our nursery for Sengon seedlings in Kalimantan (Borneo) for the people working there and for visitors – with accommodation, kitchen, seminar rooms, guest rooms and an information pavilion.

Project partners

Contact person

Johannes Schwegler
+(49) 711 220468 01

Project duration

06/2019 – 12/2020

Funded by