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Barbecuing becomes a year-round trend in Germany

The market for barbecue equipment is booming like no other sector of the German garden market. As recently published in the “IFH Branchenfokus Grillen 2012” (IFH Market Information Barbecue 2012), the sector grew by almost 45 per cent in the past five years.

Germans spend almost 1,1bn Euros on barbecues, barbecue equipment and combustibles. In 2011, this equalled an average spending per capita of 13.17 Euros. Roughly two thirds of the overall turnover is allotted to the grills themselves, while the remaining per cents were almost equally spent on combustibles and barbecue equipment.

Currently the market for barbecue grills and equipment is positively influenced by a number of factors: Being outdoors in the garden is as trendy as cooking and dining together. Apparently, high quality and huge grills become more and more popular in Germany, but the trend for a second grill is also growing.

In the past three years, there was an enormous growth rate especially with gas-grills. In addition, combustibles generated an above average growth. These developments clearly show: Not only the number of barbecue-fans has grown, the frequency of barbecuing has also significantly risen. Evermore, barbecuing becomes a year-round trend.

Although the barbecue market is very complex, the distribution structure shows that there is one dominating sales channel: Most consumers buy their grills and barbecue equipment in DIY-markets and the affiliated garden centres.

Further Information: ifhkoeln.de

Global Garden Report 2012

Due to the continuous growth of the population in cities and urban habitats, green spaces and parks in the cities become increasingly important. The current Global Garden Report by the Husqvarna Group now confirms: More green has a positive effect on the health, stimulates the economy, strengthens the community spirit and supports the social togetherness. Thus, the creation, maintenance and care of public green spaces are getting more and more important.

The Global Garden Report is an annual study by the Husqvarna Group, scrutinising current garden trends and green topics. This year’s study looks at the significance of green spaces in urban habitats. Every year the study is carried out in seven countries by an independent scientific institute. This time, more than 3,500 urban residents have been interviewed.

Further Information: The Global Garden Report 2012 as PDF-file

 

Christoph Werner becomes Vice President in Koelnmesse trade fair management team

With Christoph Werner, 37, the Koelnmesse trade fair management team has gained a new Vice President with a broad range of trade fair experience.

As of 1st April 2012, Christoph Werner will be responsible for events in the House, Garden and Leisure sector and the Health area. Among the trade fairs in these sectors are spoga+gafa, EISENWARENMESSE – International Hardware Fair Cologne, INTERMOT Cologne, the International Dental Show (IDS) and Paint – Finishing & Facade.

Christoph Werner has occupied responsible positions in the international trade fair business for more than a decade. His first position was that of Sales Executive and Project Manager Sales at Reed Exhibitions Deutschland GmbH. He has been a project manager at Koelnmesse since April 2005. Among other trade fairs, he has been on the support teams for ProSweets Cologne and photokina.

Christoph Werner will succeed Metin Ergül, who is leaving Koelnmesse as of 31st March 2012 to take on new challenges as the managing director of a company in the healthcare market.

Stricter controls on pest control products

“Biocides” – ranging from rat poisons to wood preservatives – will be subject to tougher safety checks, following a European Parliament vote on Thursday, January 17, 2012. The updated rules aim to better protect human health and the environment, while streamlining the marketing approval process.

Council, which has already provisionally agreed to the new legislation, must give a formal green light for it to enter into force.

Furniture

The updated legislation closes a loophole so that treated products – such as furniture sprayed with fungicide or anti-bacterial kitchen worktops – will be included under the rules and labelled. Agricultural pesticides will continue to be covered by other EU legislation.

Restricting harmful substances

The most problematic substances – such as those that are carcinogenic, affect genes or hormones or are toxic to reproduction – should in principle be banned. Exceptions should only be made in Member States where strictly necessary, for example if a biocide is needed to safeguard against a specific danger to health. Approvals and renewals will be time-limited, while safer alternatives are developed.

Concerned about possible risks of nanotechnology, MEPs secured separate safety checks and labelling for products containing nano-sized materials.

Opening up the market

The new legislation further harmonises the EU market for biocidal products and sets deadlines for applications to be assessed. The recognition of approvals among Member States will be improved and the possibility to apply for authorisation at EU level will be phased in from 2013, becoming possible for most biocidal products by 2020.

Source: europarl.europa.eu

Building for vertical garden cities

Some of their structures remind us of bold visions of the future, in which plants reclaim nature for themselves. WOHA realize the permeation of buildings and landscape, of interiors and exteriors in projects such as the Singapore School of the Arts and the seminal residential high-rise “The Met” in Bangkok, which received the International Highrise Award 2010.

WOHA is represented by Richard Hassell and Mun Summ Wong as directors of the architectural office based in Singapore. They made their name in Asia in the late 1990s with open, single-family dwellings suitable for the tropics. Today they mainly design high-rises and large structures: a mega residential park in India, office and hotel towers in Singapore that lend a new, vertical dimension to green landscapes. Air-conditioning is merely an additional feature for these open structures, because the building structure itself provides the cooling. Natural lighting is standard, solar modules harvest energy for use in the buildings; water for domestic purposes and rainwater are reused.

Topics such as creating value added through communal areas and permeability for climate and nature will be presented in WOHA’s first monographic exhibition using examples of open tropical family homes, green high-rises and projects still in the completion phase. The exhibition showcases 19 of WOHA’s most important projects in digital images and models, project texts, large-format photos and plans.

 

WOHA – Breathing Architecture
2 December 2011 – 29 April 2012 at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM), Frankfurt am Main

Further information:
dam-online.de
woha-architects.com