Due to its contribution to the total gross value added, the construction industry is often seen as a key sector of the German economy. The importance of the sector is even higher when taking into account the entire construction value chain. In Europe, the German construction value chain has a leading position in terms of innovation measured by building-relevant patents. Still, there is a considerable need for research on the relationship between patenting and technological innovation in the construction value chain. Based on a patent analysis, interviews with experts in the construction sector and a company survey, this project aimed to close existing information gaps.
Project duration: September 2017 – December 2018