Domikon – the precursor of ecological building in Poland – Nieruchomości Wprost

You are the head of the company Domikon, which has been specializing in energy-efficient and ecological construction for 18 years. You are a pioneer and a leader in the Polish market. You could say you have paved the way. How did this path begin?

Both my husband and I are graduates of the Lublin University of Technology at the Faculty of Building and Engineering Structures. After graduation, we got an internship for the best students in Germany. It was 1997 – the year of the great flood. When I left Poland I was very emotional about what happened. Coincidentally, I ended up in a company in Germany that specialized in energy-efficient and ecological construction. I learned a lot there and “caught the bug”. I worked there for a year, but I had to go back to Poland because of my son, who was growing up and had to think about a kindergarten for him. After returning to Poland, we decided to conquer the hearts of Poland in terms of ecology and energy efficiency.

It’s hard to imagine anyone building ecological houses in Poland in the 1990s.

In the beginning, this technology was actually unknown, just as the subjects of ecology were completely foreign to Poland at that time. Often there were even such comedic situations that I still remember today. For example, there was a story with a lady from the bank who came to the construction site on Friday to make an assessment for our clients of the progress of the work on the construction site. Then she found only the foundations there. After a few days she reappeared and the house was already there. A Dantesk argument arose, because she accused the construction manager who had brought her there of wanting to defraud the bank, extort money and take her to a completely different construction site. bring. Those were the times. From the orderly German market, I came to Poland in the 1990s, where what we did was a bit partisan. But I remember it fondly. My husband and I often joke that we look a bit like dinosaurs. Today, many companies are building energy-saving technology, and we really paved the way. We brought not only technology to Poland, but also modern architecture, such as “barns” that are so fashionable today. At the start of our journey, the issues involved not only the technology itself, which people didn’t know about, but also very specific preferences about how a home should look. Until about ten years ago, Poles mainly opted for concrete constructions. As a house, it is necessary to have three floors, preferably multi-family houses. It is changed. Despite the difficult beginnings, we never thought of changing the technology. We firmly believed that what we were proposing was the future. Today I am aware that, by making investments in Poland and abroad over the years, we have significantly influenced the trends in the construction industry.

What have you learned over the years to build and run your own business?

First, it taught me that quality never costs and should always be paramount. What we offer and sell to our customers must be of the highest quality. Our customers are very different – younger, older, those who build a house on credit or with their own money. We are always aware that we are offering them a product that they have worked hard for years or will continue to work for, so they deserve a lot of respect for it. Running my own business has also taught me such order when it comes to working with clients, employees, and contractors. I know that everything has to be clear, clear and transparent. Then success is possible.

Are your houses like this too?

The houses are different, large, small, architecturally diverse. Today 99 percent of our projects are individual projects, although with our technology we have also built various types of office buildings and even built 13 restaurants in a well-known retail chain in Poland. The basis is good design. To be fully energy efficient, a home must be well designed. Domikon met investor expectations by combining today’s increased energy-saving parameters with excellent acoustics. We care not only about this, but above all about the health and comfort of our customers. We move with the times, so traditional systems have been abandoned and innovative solutions applied. At the same time, we realize that going back to nature today is not a whim, but a necessity. Natural and harmless materials are an important factor for modern construction investments.

How do you find yourself in a world dominated by masculine energy?

When I finished my studies at Lublin University of Technology, there were 60 graduates in the year, of which only six were girls. When I returned to Poland after the internship and showed up at the construction site, I have to admit that the reactions of the workers were different – some greeted me with a smile, others with disbelief. I’ve dealt with it, but I’ve always believed that a positive approach to people is the most important thing. To work with men you need character, patience, but also a lot of knowledge, so that they feel authority. Over time I’ve learned all this, and age does the trick – I’m no longer a young engineer in my twenties, but an experienced professional people know and know that I’m generally fine ( laughs).

How do you deal with challenging moments? What motivates you most to act?

First, who – it was always my father. During so many years of working, with three children, I have had several moments. Sometimes, when I was so tired and discouraged, I would call my father to cry to him, to complain. He answered the phone and always understood me completely, but he also said: keep your wits about you, enjoy what you have, because you have a lot. And after such a conversation, I always felt sober and returned to work and to my family with renewed energy. And when it comes to purely professional matters, the biggest challenge for me is such structures, such structures that other companies or constructors give up – for various reasons. It has always been a challenge for me to turn the vision of the architect or client, his dream, into reality.

And does it usually work?

Yes, now both my husband and I have the opinion of one of the best constructors in our industry in Poland and we often receive customers, even on the recommendation of our competitors, who for various reasons cannot cope with some constructions. It is an enormous challenge, but also a great satisfaction. Domikon gives a 30-year warranty on the construction of the house. I can safely say that this is something that is not available in the market. That’s why we believe in what we do, because it gives us great satisfaction. We build houses as if we were building them for ourselves. Many of our projects are very demanding. In France, we worked with a company that builds ecological structures. During the execution, bricks are used to fill the wooden frame of the house. A very demanding project. We also had very interesting projects in Denmark, where we worked with an architect, grandson of the designer of the Sydney Opera House. The houses that were built were a major logistical and constructive challenge due to the large number of different planes in the walls and lintels. Both my husband and I faced the challenge of creating a very difficult structure. Another challenge was the boom on the construction site, which grew right in the middle of the planned investment. The customer really wanted to keep them.

A house built by the company Domikon

Is an ecological approach to construction a fashion of today or is it a necessity?

Both because necessity has become fashion and fashion has become necessity. We talk more and more about ecology, we think more and more about the future of our planet, this awareness is growing. Times have changed – in the late 90’s my conversations with customers were mostly about technical details, the technology itself. Today the situation is completely different. People who visit us most often already know exactly what they want. The whole world builds like this – Germany, Sweden, France, Spain, the United States build houses only from prefabricated elements. They are not only ecological and energy-saving, but also very easy to modernize, build or rebuild. They have very good thermal insulation parameters and are above all healthy, and our health – or the health of our children – has no price. This is something that is invaluable to everyone. The short construction time is also important – people today don’t want to build a house for three or five generations for ten years. Everyone cares about time and we build our homes turnkey in six months – this is the perfect solution.

What would you advise women who have their dreams but lack courage?

To fulfill. No one will live for us. A woman must know for herself what is important to her, but everything must also have its place and its time. There is time to study, time to study, time to bear children, time to raise them, time to work and pursue a professional career. You must be able to reconcile all this so as not to harm anyone – yourself, your children and your husband. I admit it’s hard, but there comes a time when you can finally start making your dreams come true. For example, this year I overcame my fear and phobia, got my first tattoo and I’m very proud of that.

It hurt?

I was so stressed that I didn’t even feel the pain (laughs). Since I was a kid, I passed out at the sight of a syringe and needles, but I decided to overcome it, beat myself and make this tattoo. It’s small, but that’s about it. You must always think of yourself, but in the right reality, in the reality of the life we ​​have. You cannot be completely selfish, but you have to pursue your dreams, goals and goals.

Interviewer: Ewelina Dubinska

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