The Weschnitz River flows through the grounds, tall trees line the paths and modern office buildings peer out from between clinker-plastered production halls. As you stroll through the industrial park in Weinheim, the fusion between industrial production and the natural idyll seem close enough to touch. Ulrich Kerber, Head of the Freudenberg Real Estate Corporate Function, and Hendrik Fichtner, Freudenberg Service KG CEO, are standing in front of a building that has been used by Freudenberg for over 100 years. Together, they are looking for ways to reduce energy consumption and, as a result, CO2 emissions.
Kerber runs his hand over the outer wall of the building: “In most cases, an energy-efficient renovation of the façade – in other words, improving the insulation of the walls and upgrading the windows – is not economical. It costs a lot of money and saves comparatively little energy. There is far more potential for energy savings in the technical building equipment and the production-related infrastructure.” Energy consumption cannot be considered in isolation from the building, which is why the Service KG energy experts are working together with Freudenberg´s real estate building experts to find solutions together. “Specifically, we analyze the interaction of a building’s heating, air-conditioning and electrical systems, as well as the equipment directly required for production, such as compressed air and process steam,” Fichtner adds.