Dear Blue Building Environmental Organisation Members and Friends
It is with great sadness that I would like to inform you that my husband, our good heart, the most intelligent person I have met in my life, who was generous and passionate, an inventor and enthusiastic environmentalist, the founder of Blue Building Environmental Organisation ; The-Environmentalist Norbert Stegmann, has passed away.
On 7 May 2022, Norbert was taken by ambulance to the Ninewells Hospital in Dundee. From now on, his well-being has been subject to constant ups and downs - but we were both convinced that he would surely recover.
On the night of 22 May 2022, Norbert passed away.
Ever since I have known Norbert, he has pursued only one goal - to make the world a better place. That alone drove him to his core. Getting up at 2am, working until 10pm. That was his God-given mission in this world until his last days. Being able to see connections, to develop machines, to find solutions to problems in the environmental field, he saw his gift as a gift from God; it was solely meant to really help the environment and mankind, for the future generations.
But on Norbert's difficult way to bring these inventions successfully to the market, he had to accept setbacks again and again. Negative experiences with corrupt decision-makers, the greed for power of influential people, envy and resentment have accompanied him ever since. But time and again he rolled up his sleeves to start anew.
But anyone who knew Norbert also knows about his sense of perfection, his unfortunately much too quick temper, his impatience, his persistence. There were no grey areas in his world.
One of his guiding principles was: We have the power to decide:
- For white or black?
- Good or evil?
- Do we swim with the current or against it?
- Should we put negative events in a positive light to make ourselves feel better? Do we lie to ourselves? Or are we committed to the truth and communicate it through reason?
With this attitude, however, he has not only made friends.
Another point has had a deep impact on Norbert: his unshakeable faith in God.
Because despite many set-backs, step by step we went ahead - and became successful: we built the most environmentally friendly building in the world. Finally, it was possible to prove here that Norbert’s technologies work: Vacuum technology, Pascal Stones, cooling ceilings, clean fresh indoor air with reduction of CO2 levels - here Norbert has once again broken new scientific and technical ground!
And these groundbreaking projects should now also be launched in other countries. This is why we moved to Scotland in 2020.
However, his serious and sudden illness was not planned for. Norbert was still full of energy and drive. He still had so many plans.
We may ask ourselves now: What remains of his many ideas and visions, of his unfinished technologies and projects? Now that he is no longer there, and he can no longer contribute to their success.
Two answers come to mind:
1. It has always been in God’s hands and will continue to be. He will see to it that it continues - according to His plans and in His time. This could be far in the future, but it can also happen today or tomorrow.
2. It is also up to us, his family, the retards, friends, business partners and fellow worshipers.
Let’s take Norbert as an example: when there were obstacles, he looked for ways to overcome them. In a crisis or adverse situation, he was on the lookout for new opportunities. Here he was completely the seeker, the researcher, also the eternally dissatisfied one who was always looking for further improvements. Norbert was one who never, never, never gave up.
Here is a citation from the first book of Enoch in chapter 1, which he studied with eagerness until his last days:
"The earth shall be immerged, and all things which are in it perish; while judgment shall come upon all, even upon all the righteous:
But to them shall he give peace: he shall preserve the elect, and towards them exercise clemency.
Then shall all belong to God; be happy and blessed; and the splendour of the Godhead shall illuminate them."
Norbert is now with Jesus in heaven. And this is a reason, despite all the sadness we feel, to also be joyful. He has completed his earthly course. But that is not the end. Who knows what great tasks await him in heaven?
But the situation caught us unprepared because we actually assumed that he would recover. I am very sure that it was his wish that I and our sons continue his visions and planned projects, which we will do as best we can, but we will need some time and help.
Thank you for your understanding and support.
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Prof. Erhard Schütz
Vice President of the Blue Building Foundation 2005 - 2016
It was with great sadness that we learned on 27 March 2016 of the sudden and unexpected death of Erhard Schütz, a valued friend and Vice President of the Blue Building Foundation.
In 20 years of working with Blue Building, Mr Schütz became an invaluable partner and a dedicated and close friend who shared the vision of a healthier future for all of us. His exceptional commitment, talent, intellect and loyalty are still missed until today.
In his memory and honour, we would like to ensure that the realisation of the vision of the Blue Building Concept continues and that his invaluable work for a sustainable environment is remembered forever.
Prof. Erhard Schütz and The-Environmentalist had been friends for many years, sharing the same vision and way of thinking. It was therefore a natural decision for Mr Schütz to take on the vice-presidency in addition to his high level of professionalism as an architect, consultant and educator.
Erhard Schütz (1956 - 2016) was a professor at the Bauhaus Weimar, Hochschule für Architektur und Bauwesen and head of E.S. Architects. As a Fulbright scholar, he spent several years in the United States researching the American roots of modern architecture. Previously, he worked as an associate architect at Berkus Group Architects and Planners in Washington D.C. He also taught at Texas Tech University and Syracuse University before returning to Europe as an academic guest of the faculty of the Swiss Federal Polytechnic Institute in Zurich, Switzerland. His research and practice in architecture and urban design focused on current tasks related to the restructuring of former East Germany.