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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Inventory Investments 2018: The Structure of Investment Activity in Residential and Non-residential Inventories Type: Research Project

Official statistics fail to adequately capture the market of existing buildings in German residential and non-residential construction. The goal of this research project was to gather topical and reliable data on inventory activities in residential and non-residential …

Programme: Future Building Status: Completed Project duration: October 2018 – March 2020

Forecasting German construction prices over the medium term Type: Research Project

German construction prices have soared in recent years. It was only in the course of the Corona pandemic 2020 and the associated macroeconomic slump that the price increase lost some momentum. Scarce production capacities in the construction sector and the recent surge …

Programme: Future Building Status: Completed Project duration: September 2019 – February 2021

New Urban Agenda of the United Nations: characterising, measuring and visualising the progress of its implementation across various levels Type: Research Project

Compact urban development, the efficient use of resources, mobility in cities and regions as well as the well-being of all are the core messages of the New Urban Agenda adopted by the United Nations as global guiding principle of modern urban development. From 2022, the …

Programme: General Departmental Research Status: Completed Project duration: December 2019 – June 2021

Adaptation and update of generic ÖKOBAUDAT data to EN 15804/A2 Type: Research Project

With over 700 EN 15804 and BNB-compliant data sets containing life cycle assessment information on construction products and processes, the ÖKOBAUDAT is the world's largest database in the construction sector. The life cycle assessments are used for optimization in the …

Programme: Future Building Status: Completed Project duration: October 2020 – May 2021

Expansion of municipal property portfolios through construction and acquisition as a housing policy Type: Research Project

Since 2009, the Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning (BBSR) has been gathering information on municipal property portfolios through nationwide surveys every three years. The ExWoSt research project ‘Expansion of municipal property portfolios through …

Programme: ExWoSt Status: Completed Project duration: November 2017 – December 2020

Creation of a daylight availability design manual Type: Research Project

Daylight is an essential design element in architecture. Proper daylighting creates a healthy space, reduces energy consumption and increases well-being. A design manual would assist architects in daylighting design decisions.

Programme: Future Building Status: Completed Project duration: August 2019 – December 2020

Wecobis/BNB Profile 1.1.6 Tender Specifications - Implementation in STLB Type: Research Project

The individual criteria of the Bewertungssystem Nachhaltiges Bauen des Bundes (BNB - Federal Sustainable Building Assessment System) describe specific certification goals for buildings. Some of these so-called Kriterien-Steckbriefe (criteria profiles) place requirements …

Programme: Future Building Status: Completed Project duration: June 2020 – December 2020

Standard climate versus local climate - Investigation of the future usability of local climatic boundary conditions derived from the new local test reference years for energy verification Type: Research Project

In energy requirement calculations for public law verification, the climatic boundary conditions of the Potsdam site have so far been used uniformly for the whole of Germany. By using local climate data, the difference between calculated demand and measured consumption …

Programme: Future Building Status: Completed Project duration: September 2018 – June 2020

Alternative contract models for the award of a unit price contract for construction services in the public sector Type: Research Project

In the case of complex construction measures, the conclusion of construction contracts in a legal form other than that of the unit price contract could be conducive to project implementation in order to comply with or optimise construction time, costs and quality …

Programme: Future Building Status: Completed Project duration: August 2017 – February 2020

Conducting an expert conference on the influence of parking space requirements on construction costs in residential construction Type: Research Project

Regarding the high construction costs of parking spaces, the "Commission to Reduce Building Costs" recommended that the states and municipalities adapt the parking space requirements to today's demand as part of careful urban development planning. At the conference …

Programme: Future Building Status: Completed Project duration: December 2016 – December 2019

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