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Berufsgruppe der Putz- und Mörtelindustrie
i. Fachverband der Stein- und keramischen Industrie Österreichs

Wiedner Hauptstraße 63A-1045 Wien

Telephone: +43 1 5 01 05-35 31
Fax: +43 1 5 05 62 40


Magister Robert Schmid
c/o Wopfinger Baustoffindustrie GmbH
Wopfing 156
A-2754 Waldegg an der Piesting

Telephone: +43 2632 400-240
Fax: +43 2632 400-266


Dr. Andreas Pfeiler


The Austrian Association for the dry mortar industry (Berufsgruppe Putz & Mörtel) was formed in 1996 as part of the “Austrian Association for Building Materials and Ceramic Industries” (Fachverband Stein & Keramik) and this is located and part of the Chamber of Economy in Vienna.


This Association has 14 members with 21 factories and represents 100% of in Austria factory produced dry mortar. Many of them are ETICS producers as well, despite the fact, there is a separate organisation “QG Wärmedämmsysteme”. Within this organisation the mortar and the paint producers are members. The ETICS organisation is as well part of the “Austrian Association for Building Materials and Ceramic Industries”.

Product portfolio:

The product portfolio of the factory made mortars is wide spread: Rendering/plastering mortars, floor screed mortars, paving mortars, tile adhesive mortars, thermal insulating mortars, masonry mortars, renovation mortars and mortars for special purposes. Adhesive mortars, base coats, finishing coats and components for ETICS. The dry mortar products are delivered in bags – mainly via the building products dealers – and in bulk/silo direct to the construction site. The finishing coats for ETICS are delivered mainly direct to the construction site.

Many of the Mortar industries have an excellent relationship with the building products dealers who are strong by delivering in time to the renovation sites and the self-contained houses. The traditional site made mortar has already a low market share.


The members of the Austrian Association for the dry mortar industry (Berufsgruppe Putz & Mörtel) managed 2010 round about 400 Mio € sales by selling ~ 10 million m2 ETICS, and 1,8 millionto dry mortar with ~ 1150 employees. In 2010 the turnover showed a slight increase of 2,7 %, due to the stable growth of ETICS.

ACTIVITIES of the Austrian Association for the dry mortar industry:

Within the TUK - the technical committee of the Austrian Association for the dry mortar industry the activities for establishing mortar standards as well as adaptions according EU standards are discussed an very often a common view is found. As construction is a business with many local habits and product uses this committee has helped to standardize and by this to increase the quality of the end product at the site.

The Austrian study group for render/plaster (ÖAP Österreichische Arbeitsgemeinschaft Putz) is a cooperation between the producing industries and the applying professionals. This group produced a brochure which became a standard for applying these products. One reason is the regular renewal of this brochure according the most recent state of the art. Its rules weigh heavy even if disputes come before the court. Nowadays she sees one main task in educating the professionals for the correct application of plasters and renders.

One of the most recent activities during the last two years was the work within

WG 5 of CEN TC 350 “Sustainability of construction works - Assessment of buildings - Part 3: Framework for the assessment of social performance” where the Convenor and the secretary are located and funded in Austria. Just recently the formal vote brought full acceptance of the produced draft FprEN 15643-3.

ACTIVITIES of the Austrian Association for Building Materials:

The Austrian Association for Building Materials and Ceramic Industries (Fachverband Stein & Keramik) is active in different fields. In the following projects the Austrian Association for the dry mortar industry has delivered or is delivering substantial assistance.

CONSTRUCT!MASSIVE!(!BAU!MAS!SIV) is an Organisation to promote and stand for the interests of the producers of construction products which are made basically or mainly of minerals. Aim is together with the constructors organisation and the building products trade to promote the advantages of massive constructions and to widen the sustainable use of construction materials based on minerals. CONSTRUCT!MASSIVE! assists those who wish to have their own house and delivers helpful information.

Research initiative sustainability with massive constructed buildings (Forschungsinitiative Nachhaltigkeit Massiv). This project produced fort he first time in Austria comprehensive and systematic fundamentals for more sustainable and especially for an energy efficient way of construction. The work concentrated on the three columns of sustainability: Social sustainability, economic sustainability and ecological sustainability. It consisted of 17 different scientific projects and was subsidized with 1,2 million € by the public and was accomplished within 3 years. The aim was the further technological development of the products and services with respect to its sustainability. As well it should be shown in which way massive building construction could reduce energy consumption considerably during summer and winter times.

Financial promoting thermic insulation through the government in Austria. These promotionswere established because of the good trust between industry and governmental authorities. 100 Million € are spent per year for this purpose since 2009. This action is an outstanding success as you can see beneath*2. There are economic, ecological and social results.

Much of this financial promotionfor thermic renovation in Austria is used by placing ETICS on the buildings. 30 % are used for business buildings and 70 % are used for private dwellings and houses. This is an advantage for the economy of Austria, for the house owner and for our all common environment (CO2 reduction!) To trigger this activity not only the dry mortar industry, with its president Mr. Robert Schmid, but also Dr. Carl Hennrich, secretary general of the Austrian Association for Building Materials, the constructors association, the trade union of the building industry and Global 2000 were active to convince the politicians.

The reason for all these organisations are simple: 1 m2 thermic improved façade generates 1 hour of work, saves through the improved insulation 10 litre heating oil and delivers 20 € into the public treasury.

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