German-Chilean Cooperation Network for Sustainable and Modular Residential Construction Systems

Chile is one of the most liberal economies worldwide and functions as a kind of role model in Latin America.

One market segment, which is gaining importance and following a strong export orientation is the construction sector.

The Chilean building industry is right now living a regeneration phase, which leads to expected growth rates from 1 to 3 per cent for the year 2018. Trend topics thus are prefabricated construction incl. modular construction as well as the utilization of bio materials, robot-supported machinery and intelligent planning software.

 Meanwhile, they are constructing the first and highest wooden building in the seaport of Valparaíso with six floors. Intelligent sensors measure the humidity, temperature, air streams and light intensity as well as the conduct of the building during seismic activities.

Especially the residential construction sector is growing and thus offers strategic potential for several actors. The annual investments comprise approx. US$ 12 bn. The national investment plan 2014-2023 actually budgets an overall sum of US$ 78 bn, which will only go into the residential construction. 70% of these investments go primarily to the Metropolitan region.

International Cooperation Network

The intention of the CONSTRUCtable network is to enhance the collaboration between German and Chilean partners and experts regarding topics such as modular construction, residential construction and wooden construction – at most all of them in combination. Meanwhile, already existing networks and initiatives in Chile will be integrated into the network and strategic partnerships will be signed.

Moreover, the network aims to foster the collaboration between companies and research institutes and the overall technology transfer.

The geographical focus hereby is on the Chilean market. Nevertheless, the realisation of multiplication effects within the region Latin America and especially the integration area Pacific Alliance is planned.

Chile persuades as being a stable and advanced country within Latin America. The country can be especially characterised by a strong export orientation, experiences in the tourism sector, a convincing international commitment for the environment, a global interconnection, high transparency including low corruption rates in international rankings and a highly competitive standing within the region.

The proportion of the construction sector of the national GDP reached 6.6% in 2016 and at the same time the sector employed 8.7% of all workers in Chile. 70% of the overall 8,000 companies operating in the building sector are small and medium-sized, while 6% are big companies and conglomerates.

The public economic development agency CORFO is continually developing strategic programmes in order to promote the growth of the sector. The initiative Construye2025 aims at creating a more productive industry by reducing the production costs by 20% until 2030 and decreasing the CO2 emissions by 30% at the same time. The number of sustainably constructed buildings is supposed to increase by 20%.

Another objective is to annually increase the private R&D investments by 20% and to raise the innovation rate of the companies by 50%. All these activities and measures intend to raise the value of the wooden exports in construction by 30% until 2025 as well as to triple the export of design, engineering and consulting services.


Central topics and issues of the network collaboration are:

The CONSTRUCtable network will start its activities in the second half of 2018 and plans to operate at least three years, entering the Chilean market first.

If you are interested in participating or in case of any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the project team by writing an e-mail to