Materials and Procurement

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Vonovia purchases large volumes of building materials as part of its minor maintenance work, vacant apartment renovation and modernization activities as well as for new buildings. This includes plumbing, electrical and painting supplies as well as floor covers, tiles and thermal insulation systems. Indirect materials are also procured, such as tools, work uniforms, the vehicle fleet and office equipment. Almost all of the purchased materials come from production sites within the EU. Standards and regulations are complied with in consultation with the company’s technical managers and the procurement department. 204-1

For all of its new buildings and modernization measures, Vonovia seeks to fulfill the latest KfW standards. We purchase construction materials with this goal in mind.

Sustainability criteria such as the environmental impact of the materials used or production methods and conditions play a particularly important role for the standardization of product lines. Procurement carefully selects suppliers and subcontractors and ensures close oversight. In addition, subcontractors must provide all of the necessary licenses for construction work and regularly renew them – a process which Vonovia actively manages.

In doing so, Vonovia increasingly focuses on the standardization and automation of the procurement process.

Our industrial balconies project is one such example: The independent assembly of balcony systems using standardized, prefabricated assembly parts enabled us to integrate the value creation process and improve the efficiency of our logistics system. In a further project, a software tool helped establish a link with system suppliers for precision window production. This software enables automated calculation of the price of a specific window on the basis of the exact dimensions and cost factors.

In various pilot projects, Vonovia is cooperating directly with the manufacturers. This enables us to engage in a direct exchange with the manufacturer in relation to product characteristics or even the joint development of products. Ultimately, this leads to strengthened quality assurance as well as increased transparency in the supply chain.