Innovative Solutions for the Construction Industry

The Elektrofabrik Generates 20% Savings in Electrical Installation


The Elektrofabrik – Innovative Solutions for a Challenging Period in the Construction Industry

The construction industry faces significant challenges. In addition to material shortages and supply chain disruptions, there is now mounting pressure from rising interest rates among potential customers, which has resulted in persistently high construction costs while demand is declining. Concurrently, the need for housing is growing, and political mandates to create affordable housing are adding further strain. In this context, there is a demand for innovative ideas and creative approaches to reduce construction costs across all areas. This presents a substantial challenge, especially considering the generally limited budgets in the construction industry. Martin Dornieden emphasizes that costs per trade must be reduced by approximately 20% to continue to create housing.

Consultation by Smartfabrik as a Starting Point

The Elektrofabrik has taken on this monumental task and began by analyzing the existing installations of the construction company from Mönchengladbach. Every component of the electrical installation, from the initial cable laying to the last circuit breaker, was scrutinized for potential cost savings. All aspects of the electrical trade were meticulously examined and optimized.

New Approaches in All Areas – From Wiring to Procurement to Prefabrication

One of the co-founders, Sebastian Gehmlich, speaks of a radical shift in thinking. The Elektrofabrik questions all processes and develops new approaches. This extends beyond just cable laying to include procurement and component prefabrication. Traditional methods are being put to the test to significantly reduce construction costs.

Sebastian and his team’s vision is to create more efficient cable routing that not only saves costs but also time. This opens up space for innovative solutions and enhances the competitiveness of construction companies in these challenging times.

In a period when the construction industry faces major challenges, the Elektrofabrik serves as an outstanding example of how innovation and creativity can shape the industry’s future. Reducing electrical installation costs by approximately 20% represents a significant step towards economical and sustainable construction projects.

Confirmation of the Proof of Concept and Future Outlook

The Proof of Concept has already been successfully confirmed in over 50 houses. Installation costs were reduced, and change orders resulting from unforeseen costs were nearly eliminated. Additional cost-saving potentials have been identified and will be examined in the upcoming “engineering rounds” by Smartfabrik and implemented directly by the Elektrofabrik. This enables the construction company to continue generating savings and remain competitive in the future.

Expansion of the Business Model

This business is now set to expand to include more B2B customers from the property developer sector. Currently, the order books are filled with homes from co-founder Martin Dornieden, but the team aims to grow rapidly and share their expertise with other clients. Sebastian Gehmlich and Sebastian Strickling see significant growth potential in the electrical sector and have a clear intention to acquire more customers in the coming years. Their goal is to support the construction industry with innovative electrical solutions and make a sustainable contribution to the industry’s development. With the successful Proof of Concept as a solid foundation, they are confidently embarking on this path, establishing the Elektrofabrik as a key partner in the construction industry