Increased construction activity, supply bottlenecks and production declines due to the Corona pandemic as well as the limited availability of many raw materials, result in classic building materials such as concrete, steel, glass and wood not being available in sufficient quantities to meet market demand and becoming increasingly expensive. In addition, the construction sector is responsible for around 40 percent of EU-wide energy consumption and one third of EU greenhouse gas emissions.
This makes the use of sustainable and renewable building materials not only sensible, but inevitable. They grow back faster than they are consumed, require less energy to produce, are not harmful to health and do not pose a threat to the environment. Raw materials growing in Vorpommern can be used for this purpose, especially straw, hemp, seaweed and driftwood as well as wet meadow grasses, reeds and cattails from rewetted moorland. How products can be developed and sustainably produced from these within the region is the focus of the activities of the bioeconomy alliance Plant³.