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ZIA German Property Federation

The ZIA German Property Federation (ZIA) is the leading umbrella association for the property sector. With its registered office in Berlin and a European office in Brussels, it speaks through its more than 300 members, including 28 associations, on behalf of approximately 37,000 industry companies right across the value chain. The ZIA provides comprehensive, unified representation for the interests of the real estate sector in all its diversity at both national and European level, including as a member of the Federation of German Industries (BDI) and the German Economic Institute (IW). The President of the association is Dr Andreas Mattner.


Representing the interests of the entire sector

With more than 837,000 companies and approximately 3.3 million employees, the real estate sector is one of the largest and most dynamic in Germany. It generated approximately €619 billion in 2020, approximately 20% of Germany’s gross value added and therefore more than the automotive sector, for example. The sector is aware of its role in climate protection and therefore reduced its CO2 emissions from 209 to 120 million tons per annum between 1990 and 2020.

The ZIA represents the whole property sector along its entire value chain. The interests of planners, developers, construction companies, operators, real estate portfolio holders, brokers, consultants and service providers in all property-related issues can be voiced here. Numerous associations in the property and finance industry have meanwhile combined together under ZIA’s umbrella.

The sector’s most important companies are represented on ZIA’s committees. The concentration of this expertise enables ZIA to act in a consultancy capacity by offering comprehensive know-how and information to politicians and the public.

ZIA’s commitment to the property industry

ZIA’s members are linked through a reliable network comprising regional and federal associations. Around 500 experts from the member companies’ senior management act on the committees as experts, for instance in a parliamentary hearings and legislation procedures. ZIA represents the sector at prestigious international and domestic conferences, events and trade fairs. In organising “The Property Industry Day”, ZIA has established the largest annual gathering of the property industry.

ZIA possesses special expertise in the area of finance and tax policies. The organisation is characterised by its strong capital market orientation. Many companies have committed to economic, ecological and socially sustainable conduct based on the sustainability code developed by ZIA.



Daniel Bolder

Leiter Europabüro Brüssel

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