The construction sector in Germany is one of the country's most important economic sectors. The industry provides jobs to approximately 2.4 million people. With a share of more than one fifth, the German construction sector is the largest in the EU-28 in terms of building investments.
The building trades have a long tradition and play an important role in developing innovative services. This is one of the reasons why Germany is among the world's leading exporters of construction and planning services.
The industry is closely connected to the building material and machine manufacturer sectors. In March 2009, professional and industrial organizations, trade unions and government agreed on guiding principles for the future development of the German construction industry.