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Report on the situation and perspectives of the construction industry 2023

Publication (in German): The BBSR offers every year a compact overview of the development of the construction industry. For the first time since 2013, construction volume fell by 2% in real terms last year.

Date: 10 February 2023 Document type: News

Climate adaptation and standardisation procedures

Project completed: The climate is changing: hazards from heat, floods and heavy rain are increasing. What does this mean for building standards and technical rules? How can standards help to make buildings more resilient?

Date: 24 January 2023 Document type: Research Project

Practicability check ‒ development orders

Project completed: There is a lot of waste land in Germany. The research project investigated the question how the previously rarely used development order under Section 176 BauGB (German Federal Building Code) can be deployed more frequently and efficiently in order to promote housing construction.

Date: 19 January 2023 Document type: Research Project

Digital learning labs of the City of Oldenburg

Project completed: The ExWoSt project Digital Learning Labs of the City of Oldenburg was intended to improve the citizen participation of the population in urban planning and the formation of social coexistence.

Date: 19 January 2023 Document type: Research Project

How up-to-date are spatial development plans in Germany in 2021?

Publication (in German): State-wide and regional spatial structure plans are regularly updated. The Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR) monitors this development via its Regional Spatial Structure Plan Monitor (ROPLAMO).

Date: 18 January 2023 Document type: News

Impacts of the Covid-19 crisis in border regions

Project completed: This study analyses the effects of the covid crisis in German border regions. The evolution of the pandemic and its consequences in the different regions are described quantitatively. The analysis is further detailed in four case studies and in the French-German border area.

Date: 02 January 2023 Document type: Research Project

Report on urban development funding 2020/21

Publication (in German): The BBSR publishes a report on the Urban Development Support programme every two years. This first report deals with the transition of the programme to a new structure. The authors also take a look at future main topics and tasks.

Date: 28 December 2022 Document type: News

Atlas of Urban and Regional Development

Publication (in German): The new Atlas of Urban and Regional Development by the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR) focuses on the spatial effects of COVID-19. Maps and graphs offer a multifaceted overview of regional differences in living conditions.

Date: 23 December 2022 Document type: News

Housing and commercial real estate in Germany 2021

Publication (in German): What are the most important challenges facing the real estate market? This publication summarizes the experiential know-how of real estate experts gained from the annual survey of the "BBSR Real Estate Market Expert Panel".

Date: 09 December 2022 Document type: News

Home-ownership formation and living space consumption

Publication (in German): This publication presents the results of a scientific survey, which interviewed private home-ownership. The results are combined with forecasts on the development of per-capita living space, ownership rates and the developement of the number of households.

Date: 28 November 2022 Document type: News

Sales activity with housing portfolios in the first half of 2022 at a low level

Publication (in German): I the first half-year 2022, the trading volume on the market with existing housing portfolios dropped off. In addition to that, the number of sales transactions remained on a low level.

Date: 02 November 2022 Document type: News

Regional convergences in Germany

Publication (in German): In the context of adequately equal living conditions the dynamics of regional convergence processes are of great importance. The analysis shows the convergence of German regions between 2005 and 2020.

Date: 24 October 2022 Document type: News

Narratives in urban development

Publication (in German): What are narratives? What role do they play in the context of urban development? And how can they be meaningfully analyzed? This publication treats the relevance of narratives and sets out how they shape planning concepts as well as theoretical discourses.

Date: 16 August 2022 Document type: News

Spatial structure and importance of the airport landscape in Germany

Publication (in German): The air traffic infrastructure and the efficient connection to air traffic are relevant for securing the international competitiveness of the economy and the quality of life in Germany. The 23 main airports form the backbone for the transport of passengers and air freight.

Date: 25 July 2022 Document type: News

Small-scale trends in urban rental housing markets

Publication (in German): This current analysis of small-scale data on the rental housing markets in the IRB cities shows how diverse urban rental housing markets in Germany are.

Date: 23 June 2022 Document type: News

Increase in trading of rental housing portfolios in 2021

Publication (in German): In the year 2021, the trading volume on the market with existing housing portfolios increased significantly. This is due to one extensive corporate takeover in the fall of 2021. By contrast, the number of sales transactions has remained on the same level as in the previous years.

Date: 24 May 2022 Document type: News

Where new things are created

Publication (in German): The lignite mining regions in Germany are in an early phase of their transformation towards a sustainable energy supply. One and a half year after the Strucutral Strengthening Act came into force, the first government measures in the lignite phase-out regions will be reflected.

Date: 27 April 2022 Document type: News

Report on the situation and prospects for the construction industry in 2022

Publication (in German): Construction volume in Germany recovered last year's losses due to the Corona crisis - In particular the finish trades enjoyed tremendous growth rates over the previous years. Positive growth is furthermore estimated for all construction sectors in 2022.

Date: 10 March 2022 Document type: News

Our topics

Settlement in a wine-growing region (refer to: Spatial development)
Energy power plant next to solar panels and wind turbines (refer to: Energy, climate and the environment)
View of the city of Bonn on the Rhine (refer to: Urban centres and regions)
car and bicycle traffic in a city (refer to: Transport and mobility)
View of a clean modern residential complex (refer to: Housing and real estate)
Residential houses under construction (refer to: Building)
People have a barbecue party outdoors (refer to: Society)
a man is operating a futuristic digital interface (refer to: Digitalisation)

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Multi-Level Analysis of Urban and Spatial Development

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IzR (Informationen zur Raumentwicklung) Issue 1/2021 |

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A Spatial Perspective at SDG 7 on Affordable and Clean Energy

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Structural hygiene in hospital construction

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Housing Policies in the EU Individual publication

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A Spatial Perspective at SDG 8 on Decent Work and Economic Growth

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India, Germany and Europe

A Spatial Perspective at SDG 5 on Gender Equality

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Small Towns in Germany
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Data strategies for common good-oriented urban development

National Dialogue Platform Smart Cities

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