The prefabricated house company Hanse Haus: the exciting journey from the Hanseatic city of Lübeck-Travemünde to Oberleichtersbach in the Bavarian Rhön

The company &
its history

When master carpenter Hermann Wandke founded his small carpentry business in the Hanseatic city of Lübeck-Travemünde in 1929, he surely didn’t think that people would still be writing about him 90 years later.

Because he couldn't know that

by establishing the company “Hanse-Fertighaus-Bau”, he had laid the foundations for one of today’s leading prefabricated house companies in Germany.

Of course, a lot has changed since then, but one thing has stayed the same:

the passion for the natural material that is wood and our Nordic name “Hanse Haus”, which even today seems exotic in the middle of the Bavarian Rhön.

for approximately 90 years

Housebuilding with
tradition

Company founding in the Hanseatic city of Lübeck

1929

In Lübeck-Travemünde, the small carpentry business “Hanse-Fertighaus-Bau” is founded.

Hanse Haus Werk in Travemünde in den 60er Jahren

Unterleichtersbach as the head office location

1962

On a trip to the south, company founder Hermann Wandke discovers Unterleichtersbach in Lower Franconia in the Bavarian Rhön.

He establishes a subsidiary factory of Hanse Haus here a few years later.

Das Bauherrenzentrum von Hanse Haus in Oberleichetrsbach aus der Luft

Relocation of the main prefabricated house factory to Bavaria

1979

The factory in Unterleichtersbach is modernised, making the location in Bavaria the main production site for Hanse Haus prefabricated houses.

Hanse Haus moves to the Rhön area in Bavaria for good.

Männer bei der Produktion im Werk von Hanse Haus
Mann beim zuschneiden eines Holzbalkens im Werk von Hanse Haus
Junge Männer beim Studieren eines Hausplans im Werk von Hanse Haus

The Colani Haus on the occasion of our 75th anniversary

2004

To celebrate its 75th anniversary, Hanse Haus presents an architectural study on living in the future together with design icon Luigi Colani. The result is a “rotor” house of only 36 square metres in size which can be visited at our Show Home Park in Oberleichtersbach.

Architekt Luigi Colani in einem Fertighaus von Hanse Haus

A Hanse Haus passive house in just eight hours

2009

Hanse Haus builds a passive house in just eight hours before numerous spectators on the occasion of the company’s 80th anniversary. Once again, it demonstrates its qualities as a competent manufacturer of prefabricated houses.

Show home in Bad Vilbel according to KfW Efficiency House 40 standard

2010

Hanse Haus opens the first show home built according to KfW Efficiency House 40 standards – even before KfW officially introduced this new subsidy level for new buildings.

VARIANT - Einfamilienhaus mit Satteldach als Fertighaus von Hanse Haus
Hanse Haus Fertighäuser

Awarded for being the fairest prefabricated house manufacturer

2012

Focus Money asks how fairly prefabricated house manufacturers deal with their customers. Hanse Haus receives the highest marks in all categories.

Hanse Haus Auszeichnung Fertighausbau

Show home according to plus-energy standards

2013

With its plus-energy concept, Hanse Haus in Wuppertal presents a show home that generates more energy than it consumes.

VARIANT - Einfamilienhaus mit Satteldach als Fertighaus von Hanse Haus
Hanse Haus Fertighäuser

Highest marks from Focus Money & new show homes

2014

The highest marks once again as the fairest prefabricated house manufacturer

For the second time in a row, Hanse Haus receives the highest mark of “very good” in the fairness study conducted by Focus Money (issue 44/2014).

 

New show home in Bad Vilbel near Frankfurt, Hessen

In Bad Vilbel, Hanse Haus opens a new show home which provides space for living and working under one roof.

 

Opening of the new show home in Poing (near Munich)

The new show home in Poing combines Bavarian country home architecture and modernity.

Außenansicht eines Fertighauses von Hanse Haus in einem Musterhaus-Park

Other awards & show homes

2015

Show home with fuel cell technology

At the factory site in Oberleichtersbach, a new show home of the Bavarian prefabricated house company is being built – where Hanse Haus is opting for innovative fuel cell technology for the heating system.

The fairest prefabricated house manufacturer for the third time

For the third time in a row, Hanse Haus receives the highest mark of “very good” in the fairness study conducted by Focus Money (issue 44/2015).

Finalist in the Grand Prix for Medium-Sized Enterprises

Hanse Haus is a finalist at the Grand Prix for Medium-Sized Enterprises, Germany’s most important business award. Among other things, it evaluated the creation of vocational training opportunities and jobs, company development and customer proximity.

Hanse Haus Auszeichnung Fertighausbau

Still more show homes & awards

2016

Award for sustainability

The German Sustainable Building Council (GSBC) awards the Gold Sustainability Certificate for the first house in Germany heated by a gas fuel cell – Hanse Haus’s show house in Oberleichtersbach.

Now the fairest prefabricated house manufacturer for the fourth time

Hanse Haus once again receives top marks from Focus Money and is honoured for the fourth time in a row as the fairest prefabricated house company.

Prizewinner at the Grand Prix for Medium-Sized Enterprises

Hanse Haus is a prizewinner at the Grand Prix for Medium-Sized Enterprises The prefabricated house manufacturer Hanse Haus is one of the most exemplary and best medium-sized companies in Bavaria.

Construction of two show homes according to the Efficiency House 40 Plus standard

The construction of new show homes according to the subsidy-eligible Efficiency House 40 Plus standard at the Mülheim-Kärlich Show Home Centre and at the Günzburg Prefabricated House World.

Hanse Haus Auszeichnung Fertighausbau

More show homes & awards

2017

Construction of two new show homes in Baden-Württemberg

Opening of new show homes at the Villingen-Schwenningen Show Home Park and at the Home and Garden Exhibition in Fellbach near Stuttgart.

Jury stage at the Grand Prix for Medium-Sized Enterprises

Hanse Haus once again reached the jury stage at the Grand Prix for Medium-Sized Enterprises.

GSBC Platinum certification

The Variant 198 show house in Fellbach in Baden-Württemberg receives the highest sustainability certification – platinum – from the German Sustainable Building Council (GSBC).

Variant - Fertighaus mit Satteldach von Hanse Haus
Badezimmer in einem Fertighaus von Hanse Haus
Büro in einem Fertighaus von Hanse Haus
Ess- und Wohnbereich in einem Fertighaus von Hanse Haus
Jugendzimmer in einem Fertighaus von Hanse Haus
Küche in einem Fertighaus von Hanse Haus
Wohnzimmer in einem Fertighaus von Hanse Haus

Other awards & show homes

2018

The fairest prefabricated house manufacturer for the sixth time

For the sixth time in a row, Hanse Haus receives the highest mark of “very good” in the fairness study conducted by Focus Money.

“Premier finalist” at the Grand Prix for Medium-Sized Enterprises

Hanse Haus GmbH & Co. KG is awarded the “Premier-Finalist” prize at the Grand Prix for Medium-Sized Enterprises, which only three other companies receive.


Opening of new show home in Mannheim 

With the Variant 35-161, Hanse Haus is opening his second show home in Mannheim. 


New Villa show home at the Show Home Park in Oberleichtersbach

A new show home in the style of a modern urban villa is built in Oberleichtersbach on German Prefabricated Construction Day.

Hanse Haus from A to Z, presented by our employees

Video
of the company