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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Evaluation of the 2016 housing benefit reform Type: Research Project

The study has analysed the development of housing benefit (Wohngeld) in the period 2009 to 2015 and presents the resulting need for reform (including ex ante expectations). An ex post impact analysis of the 2016 housing benefit reform was also conducted. Furthermore, …

Programme: General Departmental Research Status: Completed Project duration: October 2017 – July 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

European Groupings of Territorial Cooperation–support during the preparation phase
Type: Research Project

The European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC) instrument is supposed to facilitate cooperation between member states, regional and local authorities and public bodies at cross-border, transnational and interregional level. It has become increasingly …

Programme: MORO Status: Completed Project duration: November 2017 – November 2019

Support to the revision of the Territorial Agenda Type: Research Project

On 1 December 2020 the ministers responsible for spatial planning and territorial development and/or territorial cohesion of the EU member states adopted the Territorial Agenda 2030. This Demonstration Project of Spatial Planning (MORO) has supported the German EU …

Programme: MORO Status: Completed Project duration: July 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

Is there a price bubble in the German market for residential property? Type: Research Project

Markets for assets such as real estate are prone to price exaggeration. Overconfidence, herd instincts and other behavioural anomalies of investors can lead to self-enforcing price trends and the formation of price bubbles. Speculative debt and banking crises may …

Programme: General Departmental Research Status: Completed Project duration: December 2018 – June 2020

The urban dimension in the EU structural policy 2014-2020 Type: Research Project

The project analysed the promotion of the urban dimension in the Structural Funding period 2014-2020 on the basis of all operational programmes (OP) in Germany. A focus was on the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) and the ESF (European Social Fund). Secondarily, …

Programme: ExWoSt Status: Completed Project duration: November 2018 – December 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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