Zukunftskita Bielefeld: Early practice makes perfect

In order to meet the growing need for childcare facilities, a climate-friendly and economical building concept that can be realised quickly was developed in Bielefeld. Using a modular, timber-frame construction, a two-storey passive house can be built in only ten months.

In order that the legally prescribed quota for childcare places might be fulfilled, 1,000 additional places must be created in Bielefeld alone. As a result, the Bielefelder Gemeinnützige Wohnungsgesellschaft (BGW) social housing association as partner of the city has built eleven children’s daycare centres in the last two years. Those responsible for the project developed a cutting-edge concept, which makes it possible to erect the care facilities cost-efficiently and within a short construction time. From proposal to completion, it generally only takes about ten months to realise the building with 560 m² of usable space.

Engine for progress:

  • high level of climate protection: The “Zukunftskita” consumes only 15 kWh/m2a (passive house standard)
  • new: Municipalities can plan in a flexible and needs-oriented manner with the modular construction
  • long-term thinking: Subsequent use mandates efficient use of the building
  • sustainable: Even the very small ones are already learning to understand the significance of sustainability

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Photo: BGW

Nationwide, there is a shortage of 200,000 kindergarten places. In order that the legally prescribed quota for childcare places is fulfilled, 1,000 additional places must be created in Bielefeld. BGW will create up to 500 places: As a partner of the city of Bielefeld, it is constructing ten climate-friendly children’s daycare centres to passive house standard and will rent these to various carriers.

Investment in the future

The underfloor heating installed covers the low heating requirement of the house built to passive house standard. It is operated using either district heating, natural gas or geothermal heating. Optionally, a 15 kWp photovoltaic array can also be integrated upon delivery to provide power. The purposeful subsequent use concept is also convincing: If the need for care facilities declines, the buildings can be used for example as residential properties, offices, community centres or for commercial leisure activities. In doing so, the highly efficient building envelope is retained, as are at least 40 per cent of the load-bearing interior walls. The barrier-free design is, of course, part of the standard for the future-oriented childcare facility.

An idea catches on

Under the current legal situation, all children under the age of three are legally entitled to a place in childcare. It is precisely because only very few municipalities and cities are able to meet this increasing requirement, that the Bielefeld concept can easily be imitated. The climate-friendly solution provides a sustainable response to the social challenges of our time.

Photo: Susanne Freitag

"In only two years, we have invested approximately 19 million Euro in the creation of additional childcare places. We feel good about doing this because we are convinced that these investments in the future are worth it."

Norbert Müller, Managing Director BGW

Partners and sponsors

  • Bielefelder Gemeinnützige Wohnungsgesellschaft mbH (BGW)
  • Stadt Bielefeld