In terms of residential units, a total of 99 900 newbuilds were permitted in the first six months of 2012, that was 5.3% more than in the prior year period. Mainly the construction of apartments in multifamily houses profited from this increase (+14.0%). While the increase in permissions for residential units in two-family houses remained around the same (+0.3%), permissions for one-family houses fell (– 6.0%).
From January to June 2012, the enclosed volume of the permitted new non-residential units rose by 7.6% to 103.5 mill. m3 compared to the previous year. This development was solely down to the increase in permissions for non-public building owners, which rose by 9.4% to 96.5 mill. cubic metres. For public building authorities on the other hand, with 7.0 mill. m3, 12.2% less building volume in non-residential building was permitted. Based on the type of building, particularly the building of hotels and restaurants (+30.5%) and factories and workshop buildings (+13.1%) was much more frequently permitted than in the prior year period.