Baupal: an online construction application service making architecture more accessible
By digitizing architectural services, the German company bapal seeks to democratize sustainable and custom architecture, making design, energy assessments, permits and cost assessments more accessible and simple for private builders and small construction projects. Baupal is an online construction request service that leverages digital processes and efficient team structures to streamline design, planning and permitting processes for a range of small-scale projects.
Selected as one of Archdaily’s Best New Practices of 2021, Baupal is a Berlin-based start-up co-founded in 2020 by Constantin Schmidt-Thomé, Justus Menten and Max Schroeren with the aim of “simplifying design and application construction for everyday homeowners “With a background in finance, entrepreneurship and architecture, the team set out to transform the design and planning approval process into a customer experience through workflows digital and transparent work. The company specializes in conversions, extensions and new single-family homes, while also providing construction application services to construction companies.
While construction companies and contractors may develop projects, they require the services of a licensed architectural firm for formal approval. At the same time, owners need permits for a wide range of small-scale interventions such as extensions, garden additions and conversion of spaces. Baupal represents a user-friendly alternative to the complex and specialized planning process, allowing clients to verify in a few steps whether the project requires a construction request and to communicate costs almost instantly. The planning process is then conducted through a digital user interface with document management features and through online meetings. The client has access to the documents and can consult the essential data on the online platform.
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Our goal is to make buildings more sustainable and livable. In this way, values can be preserved for future generations and resources can be conserved.- Justus Menten, Co-Founder & CPO
Baupal attaches great importance to the opportunities offered by digitization in terms of reducing costs and improving communication between clients and architects. The automation of the analysis of projects and of the various stages of work, as well as the standardization of operations are the main characteristics that distinguish baupal from a conventional architectural practice. With a team of architects, engineers and energy consultants, the company has already completed more than 2,000 homes and house extensions. The firm provides advice on financing and financing the project, as well as on the choice of a construction company.
It has never been more important to know the energy state of your property and to improve it. With baupal, we make this as easy as possible for every homeowner. – Max Schroeren, co-founder and CEO
Sustainability is a core value for baupal, expressed through the focus on energy efficiency in housing. Energy advice is an important aspect of the firm’s activity, helping individuals to obtain financing and subsidies for the energy improvement of their homes. As energy consultant Nadine Eberhardt describes, one of the firm’s goals is to “advise homeowners individually and according to their needs, so that they can renovate their homes in a climate-friendly way and thus already be able to live more of energy- efficiently today.”
Baupal cites an annual turnover for architectural firms in Germany of almost 30 billion euros from planning services alone and around 9.5 billion euros is the value of planning services commissioned by clients. private. It could be argued that services like baupal, while making construction more affordable, reduce revenues for small architectural firms, for which building permit fees form a significant portion of their income. At the same time, they offer people who want to build their own house or create a conservatory, a garden house or a simple carport a user-friendly and quick alternative to the arduous task of hiring the services of an architectural firm. conventional.
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