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When master carpenter Sylvester Fritz opens the carpenter's workshop "Fritz" in 1896, no one can have imagined that one of the most innovative eco-home building companies in Europe will emerge from these small beginnings. The expert craftsmanship, creativity and pioneer spirit of the Fritz family becomes the basis for the unique Baufritz' 'complete eco solutions home'. More than 117 years of experience and science today make their way into every Baufritz home.

1896

Master carpenter Sylvester Fritz founds the Baufritz company. Mainly homes, agricultural buildings, half-timbered houses and roof trusses are being built.

1927

Son Johann Fritz, also a master carpenter, takes over his father's business.

1932

Construction of the first Baufritz log cabin in Auenberg.

1963

Hubert Fritz started working as a master carpenter in the company and began with natural building and construction methods - the basis for modern, cost-optimized and sustainable building.

1973

First patents for wood shaving insulation.

1975

Hubert Fritz took over the company in its 3rd generation and founded the research and development department. He is also dedicated to intensive networking with colleges, universities and researchers.

Restructuring and consistent focus on organic design. The goal: avoiding all chemical substances and replacing them with healthy natural building materials.

1989

Development and patenting of a new world of organic insulation material: "HOIZ". This innovative insulation consists of wood shavings, making it 100 % organic.

1995

Hubert Fritz was chosen Eco-Manager of the Year by the business magazine Capital and WWF.

1996

Baufritz celebrates its 100th anniversary.
 
Opening of the DENK-WERK-STATT, a creative thinking-group, in Europe's large wood region located along the A96. This is where visions for ecologically sound construction are created.

In 1996, we were the first timber frame construction company to be audited and validated. Meanwhile, we have succeeded three times in receiving this approval .

1999

Health innovation from Baufritz: launch of the electro smog protection level Xund -E. Each Baufritz house is equipped as standard from now on with this unique cover.

2002

The insulating material HOIZ is awarded the European eco-seal natureplus.
 

2004

The company was passed over to the 4th generation when Dagmar Fritz-Kramer took over management in June of this year.
 

2005

Opening of the HausSchneiderei, the first house-planning centre with sensual experiences of architectural style worlds.

2006

Baufritz is established in the UK and began the construction of its very first house in the UK - house Nicholls.

2008

Award for being the most family-friendly company in Germany.

Dagmar Fritz-Kramer is voted business-woman of the year.
 

2009

Awarded the German sustainability prize, sponsored by Chancellor Angela Merkel.

2012

Gold for Baufritz: The first eco-insulation in the world to be awarded the "Cradle to Cradle" certificate.

2013

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

IBN-quality seal for HOIZ wood shavings insulation that is classified as recommended from an organic construction aspects.

2013/14

Baufritz is proud to possess the internationally recognized Green Brand seal for sustainable and climate-protecting products.

Baufritz opens the "Alpenchic" show house in its building centre in Poing near Munich. The house is not only an architectural highlight, but also guarantees ease of use and low operating costs with pioneering Smarthome-  and newly developed fuel cell technology.

2014/15

Award-winning design: Baufritz wins an Evening Standard New Homes Awards two years in a row for houses Penny and Young. Our Farnham House is named Best Timber Frame at the Built It Awards.

2015

The state of the art home in Cambridge becomes Baufritz's 50th house in the UK.

2016

10 years Baufritz in UK - 120 Years Baufritz

With Baufritz towards the future