The fire station in Straubenhardt is one of the first Cradle to Cradle® projects in Germany in the public sector and will be completed in 2020. The community is taking on a true pioneering role with the construction of the new building.

In cooperation with wulf architekten, EPEA-Part of Drees&Sommer is involved in the development and implementation of Cradle to Cradle® measures and documents the circularity values of the building with a Material Passport. The impact on the health of users as well as on the environment, specifically water, soil and air have a high priority. The components and emissions of the building materials are being examined to ensure a positive indoor air quality.

Another goal is to be able to regenerate or upcycle the used building materials after the building's use phase. Therefore, the selection of materials, building techniques and reversible joints play an important role in the construction. Studies have been carried out to optimise the design details.

The fire station’s green roof and surrounding planting provide habitat for insects and have a positive impact on biodiversity. Building-integrated water cycles will reduce the drinking water requirement and the volume of wastewater.

The building will be connected to a biomass heating plant. Overall, the fire station is planned as a sustainable raw material depot.

(2016 - 2020)

EPEA Services

  • Circular Engineering
  • Development and implementation of Cradle to Cradle measures
  • Use of healthy materials, regenerative construction, reversible joints
  • Documentation via Material Passport


  • Usage of regenerative sources of energy
  • Design for flexibility and reusability
  • Improvement of indoor air quality & well-being of users
  • Building functions as a raw material depot
  • Improvement of local biodiversity
  • Building-integrated water cycles