The Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning

Research projects

The Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR) supports federal politics with its projects. The projects deal with current issues of spatial planning, urban development as well as building and housing. They reveal the need for political action and provide scientifically sound bases with which political instruments and measures can be further developed.

You can find an overview of current and completed research projects on this page. You can use the search function to search for specific topics using key words.

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Climate adaptation and standardisation procedures – Analysis of existing building standards and technical rules in the context of climate change Type: Research Project

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?

Programme: Future Building Status: Completed Project duration: December 2019 – March 2022

Comparative values for the energy consumption of non-residential buildings Type: Research Project

Due to the need to continuously update the empirical comparative values for the energy consumption of non-residential buildings, it is intended, in the course of the amendment of the Building Energy Act (Gebäudeenergiegesetz or GEG), to redetermine the comparative …

Programme: Future Building Status: Completed Project duration: January 2020 – March 2021

Practicability check ‒ development orders Type: Research Project

Inner-city gap sites, waste land or other under-used land offer great potential for housing construction, which is desperately needed in many towns, cities and municipalities. However, this land is often left unused. The development order under Section 176 BauGB can …

Programme: ExWoSt Status: Completed Project duration: January 2020 – December 2021

Digital learning labs of the City of Oldenburg Type: Research Project

The research project tested approaches to make citizen participation even easier and more attractive. The City of Oldenburg focussed on expanding digital participation formats. Here, digital events and the improvement of digital skills among the population went hand in …

Programme: ExWoSt Status: Completed Project duration: December 2017 – March 2022

Shaping the digital city: A guide for municipalities Type: Research Project

The digital transformation of cities and society is changing the way we live – the way we work and learn, move around and produce, trade and consume things. For municipalities, this means new tasks as well as new opportunities and risks. On the one hand, they are faced …

Programme: ExWoSt Status: Completed Project duration: January 2019 – May 2022

Integrating migration, integration, and participation into integrated urban development concepts Type: Research Project

As part of this research project, a practical guide was developed to help municipalities anchor the topics of migration, integration, and participation into integrated urban development concepts. The guide is based on an evaluation of 100 municipal urban development …

Programme: ExWoSt Status: Completed Project duration: June 2021 – October 2022

Evaluation of the Implementation of the Assessment System for Sustainable Building (BNB) Type: Research Project

For many years now, sustainable building at the federal level has been established as an important part of Germany's national sustainability strategy, which was updated in 2017. Complementing the Federal Building Ministry's Guideline for Sustainable Building, the …

Programme: Future Building Status: Completed Project duration: September 2020 – November 2022

Implementing the Territorial Agenda 2030 – local pilot actions and transfer of results at national and European level Type: Research Project

The EU Territorial Agenda 2030 is a political framework agreement of the EU member states on the key objectives of spatial development in Europe. Under the German EU Council Presidency, the EU ministers responsible for spatial planning adopted this document on 1 …

Programme: MORO Status: Ongoing Started: Since July 2020

Results and perspectives of transnational cooperation (Interreg) for territorial development Type: Research Project

The project supported the BMI and the BBSR in the field of transnational cooperation. It helped with the targeted approach of German partners, especially municipal and regional actors. Programme platforms, online information and a national kick-off conference helped to …

Programme: MORO Status: Completed Project duration: May 2021 – October 2022

Impacts of the COVID-19 crisis in border regions Type: Research Project

This project is to contribute to the spatial differentiation of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic by identifying its possible consequences of in German border regions and, as far as possible, describing them quantitatively. In the Franco-German border area, the …

Programme: MORO Status: Completed Project duration: July 2021 – November 2022

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