The Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning

Publication Energetic renewal in large housing estates

Editor: BBSR Series: BBSR-Online-Publikation Issue: 05/2010 Published: November 2010 ISSN: 1868-0097 URN: urn:nbn:de:101:1-201011186622


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Facing global challenges of climate change as well as augmenting energy prices, energy efficiency and decrease of the emission of greenhouse gases are central political aims of the Federal government of Germany. In total, housing accounts for 40% of all energy use in Germany. Of 39 million dwellings (in 19 million buildings), 75% were constructed before 1979 and show an inadequate energetic quality. In order to foster on-going renewal processes and to support owners of large housing estates by the compilation of integrated concepts, the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs invited to a competition "Energetic renewal in large housing estates based on integrated concepts for urban districts" in January 2009. The online-publication shows how this German-wide competition gave new impulses to the housing industry.

Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR), Bonn
Dr. André Scharmanski, Nadine Walter


  1. Introduction
  2. The context of the German housing market
    2.1 Demographic situation and trends
    2.2 Policy framework for an energy efficient housing stock
  3. The national competition on energy efficiency in large housing estates - objectives, approach and participants
    3.1 Why is the focus on large housing estates?
    3.2 Objectives and approach of the competition
  4. Empirical insides
    4.1 Participants and areas of the competition
    4.2 Case studies
  5. Results and Outlook


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