Making history

Baufritz’s history is a family history. Through and through. With a focus on people, an affinity to nature, and a passion for wood. It is also a history of what Baufritz creates with wood. Our roots go deep and provide us with a strong foundation for healthy growth. Now and in the future.

From modest beginnings

When Sylvester Fritz opened his carpenter’s workshop "Fritz" in 1896, nobody could have guessed that it would grow into one of Europe’s most innovative housebuilding companies. Baufritz’s unique ecological homes are the result of the craftsmanship, creativity and pioneering spirit of the Fritz family. Every Baufritz house built today is based on more than 125 years of experience and research.

Master carpenter Sylvester Fritz laid the foundation for the company’s success. As early as the 19th century, he built homes and agricultural buildings, timber-framed houses and roof trusses using natural timber.


His son Johann Fritz, also a master carpenter, took over the business and began developing and producing timber components.


The first Baufritz timber house was built in Auenberg in the Allgäu region of Southern Germany with innovative craftsmanship based on four decades of experience. This marked the beginning of full-scale production.


The company honed its timber-frame construction method with a focus on ecological aspects.


Baufritz patented its intelligent dovetail technology for its Baufritz wall using wooden planks. It had the look of a log cabin but incorporated state-of-the-art timber frame construction technology.


Hubert Fritz took over the company in the third generation and created a research and development department. He also established close contacts with technical colleges, universities and researchers.


The company was restructured with a clear focus on ecological construction with the aim of avoiding the use of chemical substances and replacing them with healthy, natural building materials.


Baufritz developed and patented the world’s first ecological insulation material: HOIZ is an innovative, 100 % ecological insulation comprising wood shavings.


A devastating fire destroyed the production facilities and part of the offices in Erkheim.


Baufritz built a new, state-of-the-art production facility in Germany, including the show home “Klassik” made with purely ecological building materials, sophisticated construction techniques and an attractive architectural design.

Baufritz was awarded “Bayerischer Heimatpreis” (the Bavarian Homeland Prize) for its new communicative housing project “Junges Dorf” (Young Village). This innovative project set new standards: resource-saving, ecological, cross-generational and energy-efficient.


Baufritz celebrated its 100th anniversary.

The company set up a creative thinktank in the company’s headquarters in Germany with its striking wooden head – the largest in Europe! This is where visionary ideas for environmentally sound construction are developed.


Baufritz presented its latest innovation – the electro smog protection layer Xund -E. Each Baufritz house is now fitted out with this unique shield as a standard feature.


Dagmar Fritz-Kramer took over as CEO in June of this year representing the fourth generation of the family.


Baufritz opened its showroom and design centre, the HausSchneiderei, offering a whole world of inspiration.


Baufritz set up a satellite office in Cambridge and began construction on House Nicholls, Baufritz’s very first house in the UK.


Baufritz was awarded the German Sustainability Prize, sponsored by Chancellor Angela Merkel, for its outstanding contribution to climate protection.


Gold for Baufritz: HOIZ became the first eco-insulation in the world to be awarded Cradle to Cradle certification.


A world's first from Baufritz: healthy and virtually flicker-free LED technology.


Baufritz opened the "Alpenchic" show home in Poing near Munich, Germany. The house is not only an architectural highlight, but also features pioneering smart home and innovative fuel cell technology for ease of use and low running costs.


Award-winning design: Baufritz won the Evening Standard Eco Living Award for House Penny. The Build it Awards 2014 for “Best Timber Frame Home” went to Farnham House.

Baufritz built its 50th house in the UK: the Treehouse in Cambridge is a state-of-the-art, low-energy modern home.


Baufritz celebrated a double anniversary: 10 years in the UK and 120 years in Germany.


"Haussicht", a concept home, was built at the Baufritz headquarters in Erkheim in cooperation with the internationally renowned Swiss architect Alfredo Häberli. The design of this visionary ensemble reflects the complexity of future living.

The new production hall "East", completed in 2016 in the company’s German factory, went into operation, adding almost 30,000 square feet to production hall "East". The extension took less than six months to complete, including just two weeks for the timber frame.


Baufritz became the first and only construction company in the world to have entire wood, ceiling and roof elements certified by the natureplus© eco-label. This independent organisation takes the entire life cycle into consideration as well as other factors such as locally sourced raw materials. In doing so, Baufritz and natureplus set new standards for the construction of healthy houses.


In April 2018, Baufritz presented its new show home “Heimat 4.0” in Erkheim.

“Heimat 4.0” is based on the simple but clever idea of reinterpreting traditional structural elements for the 21st century. “Heimat” means the place you feel most at home. This show home combines modern architecture with an ingenious interior design, a cosy ambience and loving attention to detail.

Baufritz became the first and only house construction company to use parquet adhesive in its eco homes that is 100% free of hazardous plasticisers.

On 26 June 2020, CEO Dagmar Fritz-Kramer and project manager Michael Leinsle officially opened “Lichtblick”, Baufritz’s latest show home in Germany.


Baufritz was presented with the accolade of “Architectural Design Company of the Year” by the Cambridgeshire Prestige Awards for its high quality, bespoke eco homes.

House Mackintosh in the UK won the coveted prize for “Best Off-Site Prefabricated Home” at the prestigious Build It Awards 2021.


With Baufritz into the future