The Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning

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Energy, climate and the environment

A forward-looking policy for cities, towns and regions is based on sustainability. The BBSR engages in many ways in the field of energy, climate and the environment. In addition to empirical aspects, the institute also addresses planning and conceptual approaches. Its research programmes include ecological building, strategies for energy supplies in districts and schemes to adapt to climate change in urban and rural areas.

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Research projects

Population Dynamics in Medium-sized Towns – Interactive Town-portraits!

Status: Completed Project duration: October 2020 – August 2022

Precautionary Risk Management in Regional Planning – Consolidation

Status: Completed Project duration: July 2016 – May 2020

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Specialist articles

Publications on the topic

Research News Research News Issue No. 1/2022 |

Multi-Level Analysis of Urban and Spatial Development

original title: Stadtentwicklung beobachten, messen und umsetzen

Informationen zur Raumentwicklung (IzR) Issue 1/2021 |

Atlas for the Territorial Agenda 2030

Maps on European Territorial Development

Individual publication


Web-based information system on ecological building materials

Zukunft Bauen: Forschung für die Praxis Issue Volume 14 |

The New Urban Agenda – Consequences for Urban Development

original title: Die New Urban Agenda – Konsequenzen für die Stadtentwicklung

Informationen zur Raumentwicklung (IzR) Issue 3/2017 |


Basis for the building life cycle assessment

Zukunft Bauen: Forschung für die Praxis Issue Volume 11 |

A Primer on Flood Protection

Protecting property and building wisely
(date: August 2016)

On the Road to Zero-Energy Buildings:
Commercial and Municipal Properties

Summary Report to the Conference of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) in cooperation with the …

Individual publication

Controversy about the extension of wind energy Informationen zur Raumentwicklung (IzR) Issue 6.2015 |


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